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# CR: Art Theft

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Got this question from an LSAT test...

Art theft from museums is on the rise. Most stolen art is sold to wealthy private collectors. Consequently, since thieves steal what their customers are most interested in buying, museums ought to focus more of their security on their most valuable pieces.
The argument depends on assuming which one of the following?

(A) Art thieves steal both valuable and not-so valuable art.
(B) Art pieces that are not very valuable are not very much in demand by wealthy private collectors.
(C) Art thieves steal primarily from museums that are poorly secured.
(D) Most museums provide the same amount of security for valuable and not-so-valuable art.
(E) Wealthy private collectors sometimes sell their stolen art to other wealthy private collectors.
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13 May 2010, 20:50
Jamico7 wrote:
Got this question from an LSAT test...

Art theft from museums is on the rise. Most stolen art is sold to wealthy private collectors. Consequently, since thieves steal what their customers are most interested in buying, museums ought to focus more of their security on their most valuable pieces.
The argument depends on assuming which one of the following?

(A) Art thieves steal both valuable and not-so valuable art.
(B) Art pieces that are not very valuable are not very much in demand by wealthy private collectors.
(C) Art thieves steal primarily from museums that are poorly secured.
(D) Most museums provide the same amount of security for valuable and not-so-valuable art.
(E) Wealthy private collectors sometimes sell their stolen art to other wealthy private collectors.

P1: Art theft from museums is on the rise.
P2: Most stolen art is sold to wealthy private collectors.
P3: since thieves steal what their customers are most interested in buying.
Conclusion is "museums ought to focus more of their security on their most valuable pieces".
A: Out of favour
B: Best answer as no premise is talking about valuable art pieces but conclusion talks about safeguarding valuable pieces most.
C: Out of favour
D: Could be the answer but not the best choice.
E: Out of favour

Hence B.
Whats the OA.
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14 May 2010, 00:54
It is B
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14 May 2010, 10:24
thieves steal items that ==> private collectors are most interested

museums should focus security on valuable items.

Because private collectors are interested in valuable items (assumption)

B it is.
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14 May 2010, 11:10
Yeah it's gotta be B
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14 May 2010, 22:44
When I did the problem I chose B as well. However the OA is not B...
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15 May 2010, 01:13
Jamico7 wrote:
Got this question from an LSAT test...

Art theft from museums is on the rise. Most stolen art is sold to wealthy private collectors. Consequently, since thieves steal what their customers are most interested in buying, museums ought to focus more of their security on their most valuable pieces.
The argument depends on assuming which one of the following?

(A) Art thieves steal both valuable and not-so valuable art.
(B) Art pieces that are not very valuable are not very much in demand by wealthy private collectors.
(C) Art thieves steal primarily from museums that are poorly secured.
(D) Most museums provide the same amount of security for valuable and not-so-valuable art.
(E) Wealthy private collectors sometimes sell their stolen art to other wealthy private collectors.

It has to be D.

B and D are the only contenders.

Conclusion: museums ought to focus more of their security on their most valuable pieces.

Assumption : Most museums provide the same amount of security for valuable and not-so-valuable art.

Also, negate B and D both and you will find if we negate D, the argument falls apart.
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15 May 2010, 01:40
D could also potentialy be the ans as the passage says the "museums ought to focus more of their security on their most valuable pieces." which could be assumed as currently they are providing the same security the both types of items.
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15 May 2010, 07:48
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Jamico7 wrote:
Got this question from an LSAT test...

Art theft from museums is on the rise. Most stolen art is sold to wealthy private collectors. Consequently, since thieves steal what their customers are most interested in buying, museums ought to focus more of their security on their most valuable pieces.
The argument depends on assuming which one of the following?

(A) Art thieves steal both valuable and not-so valuable art.
(B) Art pieces that are not very valuable are not very much in demand by wealthy private collectors.
(C) Art thieves steal primarily from museums that are poorly secured.
(D) Most museums provide the same amount of security for valuable and not-so-valuable art.
(E) Wealthy private collectors sometimes sell their stolen art to other wealthy private collectors.

It has to be D.

B and D are the only contenders.

Conclusion: museums ought to focus more of their security on their most valuable pieces.

Assumption : Most museums provide the same amount of security for valuable and not-so-valuable art.

Also, negate B and D both and you will find if we negate D, the argument falls apart.

OA is D. Thanks for the explanation.
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17 May 2010, 02:16
good question posted
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07 May 2011, 02:32
yeah this is good. can you tell me what will be the negation of B ?

B says : Art pieces that are not very valuable are not very much in demand by wealthy private collectors.

so negation 1. art pieces that are very valuable are not very much in demand by wealthy private collectors.
negation 2. art pieces that are not very valuable are very much in demand by wealthy private collectors.

i use a simple negation technique: i put " its not true that ..." in front of the statement to be negated .

so B becomes
its not true that Art pieces that are not very valuable are not very much in demand by wealthy private collectors.
so how to negate B . thats why i got this wrong

can anyone explain why negation 1 or negation 2 dont weaken the conclusion of the stimulus ? i think D is not a clear winner here .
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26 May 2011, 00:14
B exactly mentions the reasoning gap in the argument.Why wealthy collectors are being sold the costly art is the question to be asked here.
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31 May 2011, 04:25
I got this wrong. I thought the negation of C breaks down the argument but I think I need more practice at negating statements.

"Art thieves steal primarily from museums that are NOT poorly secured"
"Art thieves DO NOT steal primarily from museums that are poorly secured"
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01 Jun 2011, 04:29
if we negate D, then we have 2 cases that could happen
- the museums are already providing better security for the valuable art
- museums are providing better security for not so valuable art

and Garimavyas has also pointed out that negating B also yields multiple cases.
so negation technique wont quite work here

question stem gives us 2 points
-thieves steal the art that wealthy collectors are interested in buying.
-museums ought to increase the security for valuable art to reduce theft.

logical assumptions would be
-wealthy collectors are interested in buying valuable art.(option B comes close but not quite close enough)
-the security for valuable art is not already higher than that for not so valuable art(option D comes close to this but again not quite close enough)

i chose B,but none of the options look correct.
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01 Jun 2011, 06:29
+1 B
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03 Jun 2011, 00:11
As simple as B
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13 Jul 2011, 07:42
I picked B as well but the OA is D.

I think the way to rule out B is that stem assumes that "most valuable pieces" are stolen because customers are most interested in buying these valuable pieces. This however does not mean that not-so valuable pieces are not in demand.
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17 May 2015, 22:05
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I picked B as well but the OA is D.

I think the way to rule out B is that stem assumes that "most valuable pieces" are stolen because customers are most interested in buying these valuable pieces. This however does not mean that not-so valuable pieces are not in demand.

Hi,

I am happy to help cause IMO D.

Conclusion: museums ought to focus more of their security on their most valuable pieces
Major Premise: since thieves steal what their customers are most interested in buying

Option B: Talks about art pieces that are not very valuable. Nothing about the ones that are valuable(which is stated in conclusion). An assumption should be something that directly relates to the conclusion. By negation test assuming that "Art pieces that are not very valuable are also in demand by wealthy private collectors." does not translate to same security for all items(atleast directly). There might be same demand for both items but that does not translate to same security necessarily...

Option D: IF "Most museums provide the same amount of security for valuable and not-so-valuable art" its in direct contradiction to the conclusion which asks for better security for valuable arts.

Hope this helps.
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18 May 2015, 04:27
Art theft from museums is on the rise. Most stolen art is sold to wealthy private collectors. Consequently, since thieves steal what their customers are most interested in buying, museums ought to focus more of their security on their most valuable pieces.
The argument depends on assuming which one of the following?
The argument is that museums should focus more security on the most valuable pieces, since those are the most likely to be stolen (and these pieces are in demand by wealthy private collectors.)
(A) Art thieves steal both valuable and not-so valuable art. Given that thieves steal what their customers are interested in buying, this statement cannot be supported.
(B) Art pieces that are not very valuable are not very much in demand by wealthy private collectors.Out of scope - The argument is centered on valuable pieces.
(C) Art thieves steal primarily from museums that are poorly secured. There's no mention of the level of security of the museum.
(D) Most museums provide the same amount of security for valuable and not-so-valuable art. The negation strategy for assumption question works here. If most museums didn't provide the same amount of security (provided more security for valuable art), the argument has no function.
(E) Wealthy private collectors sometimes sell their stolen art to other wealthy private collectors.What wealthy private collectors do with the stolen art is not relevant to the argument.
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