This was my take on it too.It could be a trick question. The answer would be B (250) if we assume that they mean to imply the force is applied at the 8 inch radius. But if that's the case, then the drawing is technically incorrect, since they show the handle positioned with a radius much larger than 8 inches. And since they show no radius measurement to the center of the handle, it's possible that 250 pounds is the answer they are looking for, even though it's sort of bogus. On the other hand, if you assume that they did NOT screw up the drawing, then 125 pounds would have to be correct, since the handle looks more like it's positioned at a 16 inch radius, and answer A is the only one that could possibly be it. Since it's not uncommon for illustrations to tests like this to be screwed up, it's hard to say. Once in a while you have to give an incorrect answer to get it "right" on a stupid test. What if the radius to the handle was 15 inches instead of 16? Can you really eyeball it that close in this drawing? Then 125 pounds would be incorrect, and so would all the other answers.
If it was an actual test I would right that on the paper that way you are covered either way.The book says that "B" is correct. Those of you who think "A" is the correct answer are technically correct, at least according to my interpretation of the drawing.
If the handle was positioned on the 8" radius, then B would be the answer. Since the handle is roughly twice the distance of the 8" radius, or 16", you can figure that A is closest to the correct answer.
Its questions like these that you have to wonder if you are supposed to answer the technically correct answer, or the answer you think they want.
I just wanted to make sure that I was not the only one seeing a flaw in the question. Thanks guys.