Instructions

The first year students in a business school are split into six sections. In 2019 the Business Statistics course was taught in these six sections by Annie, Beti, Chetan, Dave, Esha, and Fakir. All six sections had a common midterm (MT) and a common endterm (ET) worth 100 marks each. ET contained more questions than MT. Questions for MT and ET were prepared collectively by the six faculty members. Considering MT and ET together, each faculty member prepared the same number of questions.

Each of MT and ET had at least four questions that were worth 5 marks, at least three questions that were worth 10 marks, and at least two questions that were worth 15 marks. In both MT and ET, all the 5-mark questions preceded the 10-mark questions, and all the 15- mark questions followed the 10-mark questions.

The following additional facts are known.

i. Annie prepared the fifth question for both MT and ET. For MT, this question carried 5 marks.

ii. Annie prepared one question for MT. Every other faculty member prepared more than one questions for MT.

iii. All questions prepared by a faculty member appeared consecutively in MT as well as ET.

iv. Chetan prepared the third question in both MT and ET; and Esha prepared the eighth question in both.

v. Fakir prepared the first question of MT and the last one in ET. Dave prepared the last question of MT and the first one in ET.

Solution

All six sections had a common midterm (MT) and a common end term (ET) worth 100 marks each.

Each of MT and ET had at least four questions that were worth 5 marks, at least three questions that were worth 10 marks, and at least two questions that were worth 15 marks.

5x4=20, 10x3=30, 15x2=30

The total possible with considering the minimum number of questions of each type = 20+30+30=80 marks.

Rest 20 marks are possible by the following cases: {5,5,5,5} {5,5,10} {10,10} {5,15}

ET contained more questions than MT.

Thus MT cannot consider the case {5,5,5,5}

The number of questions in each case:

1) {5,5,5,5} = 9+4 =13 questions

2) {5,5,10} = 9+3 =12 questions

3) {10,10} = 9+2 =11 questions

4) {5,15} = 9+2 =11 questions

Considering MT and ET together, each faculty member prepared the same number of questions. The total number of questions should be multiple of 6, thus the total number of questions will be 24.

For ET and MT, there are 2 cases :

{5,5,5,5}{5,15}

{5,5,5,5}{10,10}

According to the statement (i), Annie prepared the fifth question for both MT and ET. For MT, this question carried 5 marks. Thus {10,10} case is not possible.

MT {5,5,5,5,5,10,10,10,15,15,15}

ET {5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,10,10,10,15,15}

From statement (i),(ii),(iv),(v), every other faculty member prepared two questions for MT.

we can create the following table:

{ Annie(A), Beti(B), Chetan(C), Dave (D), Fakir(F) }

There are 24 questions in total so each faculty will make 4 questions.

We can create the following table for ET.

Hence the correct option is A

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