First Mate: Captain, our journey thus far has taken many detours and our passengers are growing weary. Plus we’re likely well over our expense budget for the trip. I’m growing tired, too. Do you have an estimated time of arrival so that I can inform the rest of the crew and create a plan for informing the passengers?
Captain: I know. This trip has been much more difficult than I had anticipated and I know we’re all in a hurry to get home. In order to conserve fuel so that we are guaranteed to make it today, I’ll slightly reduce our speed for the rest of the way. Please inform the passengers to be patient and the crew to help us manage this last leg of the journey.
Which of the following, if true, would constitute a reason to believe that the captain’s plan will not accomplish its goal?
A)His ship has already averaged a much slower speed than it had planned for, and so the passengers will be disappointed with their late arrival.
B)The last leg of the journey is known to be the most treacherous leg of the trip.
C)There are no fueling stations between the ship’s current location and its destination.
D)Rate of speed is not a substantial determinant of the amount of fuel a vessel uses.
E) Regardless of the rate at which the captain travels for the remainder of the trip, the ship will not come close to making its predicted arrival time.
Source: Veritas Prep
First Mate: Captain, our journey thus far has taken many detours and our passengers are growing weary. Plus we’re likely
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