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Directions: Each of these GMAT critical reasoning practice questions are based on a short argument, a set of statements, or a plan of action. For each practice question, select the best answer of the choices given.

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Try yourself:Historian: The Russian Revolution in the early 20th century was sparked not by the proletariat, but by the bourgeoisie, or intellectual middle-class, a fact that is widely accepted in modern academia. The French Revolution of 1789 was also largely ignited by a rising middle class. The idea that political upheavals are initiated by the populist “peasant-class” is widely accepted as a fallacy today. Therefore, political commentators analyzing the “Arab Spring” movement in the past two years are inaccurate in suggesting that the movement is truly populist.
Q. Which of the following best describes the flaw in the historian’s argument?
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Try yourself:Though the Great Fakir is a well-respected illusionist and escape artist, he has recently become outspokenly critical of the performance act of the Magnificent Mystic, calling it largely staged and fake. The Magnificent Mystic’s stage act involves a “Buried Alive” set-piece, wherein he appears to be placed in a coffin which is then wrapped in chains, and lowered into a make-shift grave, only to reappear from the side of the stage after several minutes. The Great Fakir criticized the Magnificent Mystic’s act in an editorial as “an obvious form of mechanical trickery,” but the Great Fakir’s own world-famous performance act uses mechanical devices such as boxes, ladders, and glass panes to create his own stage illusions, which have helped him become the world’s most popular touring magician.
Q. The argument's reasoning is most open to criticism on the basis that it:
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Try yourself:According to a recent census, West Egg had more mansions per capita last year than East Egg, while East Egg had slightly fewer residents than West Egg. Since the census, West Egg and East Egg have each seen the demolition of a dozen dilapidated mansions within their respective borders, and no new mansions have begun construction. It must be true, therefore, that _________.
Q. Which of the following best completes the passage?
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Try yourself:A small group of law professors have suggested that the university’s current JD program be restructured so students can spend more time reading case studies and studying independently since a wide knowledge of legal precedent is key to the success of its alumni. These professors are advocating an end to the public-speaking class requirement. But there is an obvious benefit to training young attorneys to speak confidently and articulately in court, and recent graduates of the program have remarked that they were frequently required to verbally describe case studies to colleagues.
Q. Which of the following most logically concludes the argument?
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Try yourself:An ancient palace in Mesopotamia was recently uncovered, revealing three antechambers relatively undamaged. The heights of the doorways between the chambers were measured, and found to be on average no greater than 4.5 feet tall. Therefore, it is reasonable to conclude that the chambers found were intended for children and young adults, and could very well have been used as a nursery.
Q. Which of the following is NOT an assumption upon which the argument is based?
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Try yourself:Although Apple products have continued to enjoy record-breaking profits worldwide, iPod retailers have recently reported that the numbers of the touch-screen devices sold have steadily decreased in the past two years. However, in the past two years, the numbers of iPhones sold have nearly doubled. Thus, more people are choosing to buy iPhones than iPods when selecting from Apple’s products.
Q. The reasoning in the argument is questionable primarily because the argument:
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Try yourself:Many of the yachts anchored in Cannes boast a luxurious Jacuzzi on their uppermost deck. Almost 80% of the yachts that were sold in the past ten years in Cannes are older models, and none of them had built-in Jacuzzis.
Q. The information above most strongly supports which of the following?
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Try yourself:Botanist: The Lady’s Slipper is a type of orchid that requires bright light, but no direct sun, relatively consistent room temperature, and water no more than twice a month for maximum growth. Our newest greenhouse comes with a watering system that has been tested with the Lady’s Slipper orchids, and can be programmed to release water onto the orchids once every two weeks. The new greenhouse is already capable of maintaining a constant room temperature and blocking out direct sunlight, so we can confidently state the new greenhouse is ideal for their growth.
Q. Which of the following is an assumption required by the botanist’s conclusion?
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Try yourself:In most truck drivers, taking caffeine pills regularly usually leads to a higher average efficiency in terms of miles travelled each day. Recent data has shown that the locations of the greatest number of car accidents involving multiple trucks occurred near stores selling large quantities of the types of caffeine pills most frequently purchased by truck drivers. Thus, caffeine pill intake among truck drivers leads to an increased number of car accidents.
Q. Which of the following most accurately describes the major flaw in the author’s reasoning?
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Try yourself:The city council of Town X has very little effective power. It has been primarily a deliberative body, with real decisions coming down from the mayor’s office. No city can claim to have effective leadership without a strong city council, and Town X is widely praised for its effective leadership. It follows, then, that the city council of Town X _______.
Q. Which of the following best completes the argument?
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