• Award-winning private GMAT tutoring
Register now and save up to $200 Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • Magoosh Study with Magoosh GMAT prep Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • 5 Day FREE Trial Study Smarter, Not Harder Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • Free Practice Test & Review How would you score if you took the GMAT Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • 1 Hour Free BEAT THE GMAT EXCLUSIVE Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • Free Veritas GMAT Class Experience Lesson 1 Live Free Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • Free Trial & Practice Exam BEAT THE GMAT EXCLUSIVE Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • Get 300+ Practice Questions 25 Video lessons and 6 Webinars for FREE Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • FREE GMAT Exam Know how you'd score today for$0

Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

• 5-Day Free Trial
5-day free, full-access trial TTP Quant

Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

# The blue-tipped puffer is a migratory bird that is found alo

00:00

A

B

C

D

E

## Global Stats

Difficult

The blue-tipped puffer is a migratory bird that is found along the coast of this state in summer months. The puffers enjoy the seeds of Thomson's Mulberry trees; because these trees are plentiful in the state's Coastal Park, traditionally many blue-tipped puffers would be found in the park during summer months. Ten years ago, the grey fox, a primary predator of the puffer, was re-introduced into the park, and its numbers have been thriving. Over that time, we have seen many fewer puffers in the park during the summer months. Clearly, the puffers are choosing to spend their summers elsewhere.

Which of the following would be the most important to determine in order to evaluate the argument?

A What other birds and small mammals the grey fox typically hunts besides the blue-tipped puffers.
B Whether the grey fox eats the fruit of the Thomson's Mulberry trees.
C How the speed of a blue-tipped puffer during take-off from the ground compares to the speed of a grey fox running
D Whether the range of the grey fox within the park extends all the way to the coast.
E Whether other coastal areas in the state have seen an increase in the number of blue-tipped puffers over the last decade.

OA E

Source: Magoosh

### Top Member

Legendary Member
Joined
02 Mar 2018
Posted:
532 messages
Followed by:
1 members
Option A - INCORRECT.
What we have in question here which is the only animal involved is a bird. This bird is the blue tipped puffer, and the grey fox. So no such thing as small mammal or any other animal seen at the park as at the summer period. And the blue-tipped puffer bird is the prey to the grey fox.

Option B- INCORRECT.
This is never suitable in anyway to the argument or context above. The grey fox that habituated the park much after the bird is in no way close to liking the Thompson's Mulberry tree, rather it's a predator. As a predator, it solely prefers to feed on animals alike rather than any other thing, not even the Thompson's Mulberry tree. This makes it mainly accustomed with places that have other animal.

Option C - INCORRECT.
Trying to measure the speed between the puffer and the fox in this medium is absolutely wrong. The writer never made mention of them running, or most importantly how puffer vacated the park and this shows it was a calculated move which they made in a gradual process. Be that as it maybe, the fox and puffer never engaged on any osrt of marathon as to decide or analyse the speed of any.

Option D - INCORRECT.
This doesn't align with the activities as stated in the question, Thompson's Mulberry tree is the major component seen in the coastal, and the grey fox is never in anyway attracted to the tree or it's fruits. As a predator, grey fox is only attracted to animals, hence, it returned or reintroduced as seen at the park just to prey on the puffer. Moreover it possibly can't extend to the coastal where no puffer or other puffer is.

Option E - CORRECT.
Definitely other coastal areas must have seen the increase or thriving of the blue-tipped buffer over the last decade following the abundant availability of the Thompson's Mulberry tree in the coastal. It is well known that the blue-tipped puffer is a huge lover of the Thompson Mulberry's fruit due to their addiction to the fruit and the safeness of the coastal before the reintroduction of grey fox, one can confidentially state that the puffer have overtime dominated the coastal over the decade.

### Top First Responders*

1 Jay@ManhattanReview 83 first replies
2 Brent@GMATPrepNow 68 first replies
3 fskilnik 55 first replies
4 GMATGuruNY 36 first replies
5 ceilidh.erickson 13 first replies
* Only counts replies to topics started in last 30 days
See More Top Beat The GMAT Members

### Most Active Experts

1 fskilnik

GMAT Teacher

199 posts
2 Brent@GMATPrepNow

GMAT Prep Now Teacher

160 posts
3 Scott@TargetTestPrep

Target Test Prep

109 posts
4 Jay@ManhattanReview

Manhattan Review

95 posts
5 GMATGuruNY

The Princeton Review Teacher

90 posts
See More Top Beat The GMAT Experts