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Curator: The decision to restore the cloak of the central figure in Veronese’s painting from its present red to the green found underneath is fully justified. Reliable x-ray and chemical tests show that the red pigment was applied after the painting had been completed, and that the red paint was not mixed in Veronese’s workshop. Hence it appears likely that an artist other than Veronese tampered with Veronese’s painting after its completion.

Art critic: But in a copy of Veronese’s painting made shortly after Veronese died, the cloak is red. It is highly unlikely that a copyist would have made so major a change so soon after Veronese’s death.

9. The assertion that a later artist tampered with Veronese’s painting serves which one of the following functions in the curator’s argument?
(A) It is the main point toward which the argument as a whole is directed.
(B) It is a subsidiary conclusion that supports the argument’s main conclusion.
(C) It is a clarification of a key term of the argument.
(D) It is a particular instance of the general position to be defended.
(E) It is a reiteration of the main point that is made for the sake of emphasis.

Can someone point out the conclusion and sub-conclusion in the Curator's argument?
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Re: CR: Veronese's painting [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2007, 16:20
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Curator: The decision to restore the cloak of the central figure in Veronese’s painting from its present red to the green found underneath is fully justified. Reliable x-ray and chemical tests show that the red pigment was applied after the painting had been completed, and that the red paint was not mixed in Veronese’s workshop. Hence it appears likely that an artist other than Veronese tampered with Veronese’s painting after its completion.

Art critic: But in a copy of Veronese’s painting made shortly after Veronese died, the cloak is red. It is highly unlikely that a copyist would have made so major a change so soon after Veronese’s death.

9. The assertion that a later artist tampered with Veronese’s painting serves which one of the following functions in the curator’s argument?
(A) It is the main point toward which the argument as a whole is directed.
(B) It is a subsidiary conclusion that supports the argument’s main conclusion.
(C) It is a clarification of a key term of the argument.
(D) It is a particular instance of the general position to be defended.
(E) It is a reiteration of the main point that is made for the sake of emphasis.

Can someone point out the conclusion and sub-conclusion in the Curator's argument?


B IMO. The notion that a later artist tampered with the painting is not a fact, it is a conclusion open to debate, which in turn supports the main conclusion - the change is justified.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2007, 16:25
Is there general thumb rule or signal to differentiate a conclusion from a sub-conclusion for a given CR?
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2007, 16:30
eyunni wrote:
Is there general thumb rule or signal to differentiate a conclusion from a sub-conclusion for a given CR?


I would imagine that a sub-conclusion is subordinate to the main conclusion of the argument?
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2007, 16:36
I will go with A

Here, the main point of discussion is that whether an aritst other than veronese tapered with veronese's paintings after its completition.

Curator feels so, but Art critic doesnt. He argues that its not possible.

If one put together both the comments one realize that the main point of discussion is that whether an artist other than ......

here sub conclusion should be "The decision to restore the cloak of the central figure in Veronese’s painting from its present red to the green found underneath is fully justified"

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 [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2007, 16:47
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eyunni wrote:
Is there general thumb rule or signal to differentiate a conclusion from a sub-conclusion for a given CR?


I would imagine that a sub-conclusion is subordinate to the main conclusion of the argument?


Something I have learnt from this CR is not to choose the 'hence' part as the conclusion. It could very well be the sub-conclusion as it is the case now. After a little bit of thinking, I see what you mean. If the sub-conclusion:Hence it appears likely that an artist other than Veronese tampered with Veronese’s painting after its completion.

is made the conclusion and the conclusion:
The decision to restore the cloak of the central figure in Veronese’s painting from its present red to the green found underneath is fully justified.

is made the sub-conclusion, it will not make as much sense.
OA is B indeed.

An unsuspecting test taker (like me :) ) would have thought of 'hence' as a precursor to a conclusion. However, that is not the case.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2007, 17:07
Thanks,

Somehow, the role of the critic is confusing... and it allures to click the option A...

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 [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2007, 17:21
Amardeep Sharma wrote:
Thanks,

Somehow, the role of the critic is confusing... and it allures to click the option A...

Amar


I agree. I spent about 3 1/2 min on this to arrive @ B b/c I wasnt really sure what the purpose of the critic was. I reread the question and it appears the critic is nothing more than a distraction.

Main conclusion is: "The decision to restore the cloak of the central figure in Veronese’s painting from its present red to the green found underneath is fully justified."

Sub-Conclusion: "Hence it appears likely that an artist other than Veronese tampered with Veronese’s painting after its completion."
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