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Trivia Time with Merchant GMAT is a blog post series for anyone in Buenos Aires that likes to exercise their brain. Answer GMAT type questions about real life, and receive a prize.

This week’s Trivia Time is sponsored by The Bubble.

  • Read and answer these 3 reading comprehension questions taken from Bubble articles (it’s multiple choice, yay!)
  • In the reply section at the bottom of this blog, post your answers
  • The first 3 people to answer the 3 questions correctly will receive free entrance to The Bubble’s Happy Hour this Thursday, October 8.

Good luck! Some of these problems can be tricky. Should you have any questions about this, or real GMAT questions, feel free to contact us at

Question 1

The following excerpt is from Jackson Chiappinelli’s post, Study: Most Incidents of Discrimination in Buenos Aires Are Targeted at Immigrants.

Two in five Porteños have experienced discrimination at some point while living in Buenos Aires, most likely due to their nationality or because they were immigrants, a recent study published in La Nación reveals.

The report, which was conducted by the National Institute Against Discrimination, Xenophobia and Racism (INADI) in collaboration with the University of Buenos Aires’s (UBA) School of Philosophy and Letters, examined discrimination cases throughout the country and divided results by city. 780 cases were examined in the Greater Buenos Aires Area.

39 percent of respondents from the capital said they’d been targeted due to their nationality or immigration status, a 15-point hike from the national average; 18 percent said they’d felt discriminated due to their skin color, in what amounted to almost the same result as the national average; and 17 percent said they’d felt discriminated based on their socioeconomic status, a notable 10-point drop from the national average. (Who would have guessed Porteños were less snobby than other Argentines?)

Which of the following is the best explanation for the discrepancy between the Porteño and national average with regards to discrimination based on nationality:

(A) There are more Porteños living in other provinces than in the Buenos Aires

(B) There are more immigrants in Buenos Aires than in other Argentine cities.

(C) In Buenos Aires, every given immigrant has on average less frequent interactions with locals.

(D) There are few immigrants attending the UBA.

(E) The ratio of Argentines to non-argentines surveyed in Buenos Aires is smaller than in other cities


Question 2

The following excerpt is from Bianca Fernet’s Post, Kicillof Suspected of Using ‘Copy/Paste’ Function for Argentine Budget.

Argentina faces a truly different international environment in 2016 than in 2015. Argentina’s main source of foreign currency is via exporting. The country exports commodities (soy, soy derivatives and corn) and also automobiles and trucks. Global prices of commodities have collapsed in the last year. Auto prices haven’t fallen so much, but Argentina’s main destination for exported cars is Brazil. And Brazil’s currency, the real, has depreciated more than 40% against the dollar this year so far, meaning Brazilians won’t be able to afford quite so many Chevrolet Agiles. As the Agile has been rated “totally unsafe” for adults, scoring zero stars, this might not be quite such a bad thing for them.

Based on the passage, which of the following can be concluded?

(A) The only type of car Argentina exports to Brazil is the Chevrolet Agile.

(B) Argentina´s exports of automobiles are likely to exceed its commodity exports in 2016.

(C) The Chevrolet Agile is safer for children than it is for adults

(D) Commodity producers worldwide are likely to experience lower profit margins.

(E) Another country will replace Brazil as Argentina´s main destination of exported cars.


Question 3

The following excerpt is from Paige Nichols´s post, Dear Página: Dressed for Success

Autumn is in full swing in, it’s finally time to wear boots, and we’re nearly halfway to Christmas. I need a Xanax just thinking about it. This week I’m going to help you navigate the uncertain waters of the porteño working experience. This of course might not apply to those of you that spend your days “working” in some loft in Palermo Hollywood, surrounded by other “entrepreneurs” who haven’t learned more Spanish beyond how to order a caipiroska at a bar, but you’re not really my concern anyway. No one likes being the new kid, especially when there’s a wide array of cultural subtleties to master. Since I am the expert on everything (yes, everything), count on me to be your sherpa through this magical time.

If everything in the passage is true, we can conclude which of the following?

(A) The writer lives in a place where the peak of Autumn  is somewhere between the months of April and June.

(B) The writer has few readers who work in lofts in Palermo Hollywood.

(C) Ordering Caipiroskas at a bar does not require advanced communication skills.

(D) The writer is being ironic when stating that she is an expert on everything.

(E) Xanax is an over the counter drug in Argentina.


That wasn’t so bad, was it? Leave your answers in the reply section below. Don’t worry, we’re not going to add you to any mailing list. That would be dumb.

We will email the first 3 people who answer all 3 questions correctly with a ticket for free entrance to the Bubble’s Happy Hour.

See you on Thursday evening!


Comments 9

  1. Maria Gallego

    (B) There are more immigrants in Buenos Aires than in other Argentine cities

    (A) The only type of car Argentina exports to Brazil is the Chevrolet Agile.

    (C) Ordering Caipiroskas at a bar does not require advanced communication skills.

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