Situation:  Someone living in a cold climate buys a winter coat that is stylish but not warm in order to appear sophi...

Anonymous on July 25, 2014

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Could you explain why (C) is the answer? Thanks!

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Melody on August 4, 2014

Here we have a statement of facts. The question stem asks us to find the answer choice that is consistent with the analysis given to us. So this is a Must Be True question.

First we ask ourselves: What was this analysis?

We are sacrificing central comfort or pleasure for the sake of appearances.

Answer choice (C) states: "A couple buys a particular wine even though their favorite wine is less expensive and better tasting because they think it will impress their dinner guests."

So the couple is sacrificing a better tasting wine, i.e. a pleasure, for impressing their dinner guests, i.e. for the sake of appearances.

Therefore, (C) is just like the analysis in the passage: sacrificing a pleasure for the sake of appearances.

Hope that helps! Please let us know if you have any other questions.

Robert on November 20, 2015

Why is this classified as an error of reasoning question?

Mehran on November 20, 2015

Thanks for pointing this out. We have updated the category for this question accordingly.

Jacob on November 21, 2015

Here we have a statement of facts. The question stem asks us to find the answer choice that is consistent with the analysis given to us. So this is a Must Be True question.

First we ask ourselves: What was this analysis?

We are sacrificing central comfort or pleasure for the sake of appearances.

Answer choice (C) states: "A couple buys a particular wine even though their favorite wine is less expensive and better tasting because they think it will impress their dinner guests."

So the couple is sacrificing a better tasting wine, i.e. a pleasure, for impressing their dinner guests, i.e. for the sake of appearances.

Therefore, (C) is just like the analysis in the passage: sacrificing a pleasure for the sake of appearances.

Hope that helps! Please let us know if you have any other questions.