DISCUSSION: This question asks about the final paragraph. You should reread that paragraph before answering a question like this. The paragraph is short, and rereading is much faster than reading the first time. You can probably reread it in 10 seconds, and then you’ll have all the relevant information fresh in your mind as you answer.
The final paragraph says that perfume executives are cheapening classic perfume recipes so that they can make more profits. This is one possible reason that perfumes are not taken seriously as an art form.
- The final paragraph only mentions customers to say that perfume executives hope that customers won’t notice the recipes are worse (lines 52-54). There is zero support for the idea that customers don’t know the names of perfumes.
- CORRECT. This is likely true. The perfume executives have made perfumes worse while increasing profits. So it seems as though profits may actually be a reverse indicator.
- This doesn’t have to be true. Modern perfumes are worse, but maybe customers don’t actually care.
- We don’t know anything about past perfumers. The fact that current perfume makers are bad doesn’t mean that past perfume makers were good. And “never” tamper is a very strong statement. All it would take is one example of past tampering to disprove this answer.
- This isn’t supported at all. The author never mentions perfume price ranges. Perfumes cost less to produce, but that tells us nothing about how much perfumes are sold for.
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