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Hi Dave- When i first did this question, I had the set up similar to yours and was down to C vs E, but still got seduced into picking C. I saw the last half of (C)'s "cannot determine whether..." and so jumped on that as an immediate rule violation. I rationalized against (E) by telling myself even tho the govt would receive a reduced price, that price could still be highest price it could command with both requirements fulfilled. Any suggestions on how to have approached this better? Was it simply a reading issue? (I also see now that I glossed over the part of (C) that said it was *one* of the highest offers.) Thanks....
Yeah, you've really hit it—the government is not forced into a violation with (C), because they could go with another of the highest offers.
In this instance, (E) makes the government's job impossible (it's mutual exclusivity at work: to get the majority, they have to place restrictions, which lowers the price. To get the best price, they have to have no restrictions, which means no majority!), which means we're able to just ignore whatever may have been attractive about any other answer choice.
The thing that helps me is that I always read all the answer choices, then if I've got more than one remaining, I compare them very closely against one another.
It's time-consuming, but I only need to do that kind of close comparison on a very small number of questions. And since I answer the other questions so very quickly (and that fact is a foundational part of my approach!), I have the time to put in.