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It is widely assumed that a museum is helped financially when a generous patron donates a potential exhibit. In truth, however, donated objects require storage space, which is not free, and routine conservation, which is rather expensive. Therefore, such gifts exacerbate rather than lighten the demands made on a museum’s financial resources.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument above?

(A) To keep patrons well disposed, a museum will find it advisable to put at least some donated objects on exhibit rather than merely in storage.
(B) The people who are most likely to donate valuable objects to a museum are also the people who are most likely to make cash gifts to it.
(C) A museum cannot save money by resorting to cheap storage under less than adequate conditions, because so doing would drive up the cost of conservation.
(D) Patrons expect a museum to keep donated objects in its possession rather than to raise cash by selling them.
(E) Objects donated by a patron to a museum are often of such importance that the museum would be obliged to add them to its collection through purchase if necessary.

Need some help in reasoning option (B)

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Re: CR-Weaken: Museaum Donations [#permalink] New post 05 Jun 2012, 06:02
I found a similar post here

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E is a stronger weakener than B.
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Re: CR-Weaken: Museaum Donations [#permalink] New post 05 Jun 2012, 20:14
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(E) Objects donated by a patron to a museum are often of such importance that the museum would be obliged to add them to its collection through purchase if necessary.

=> choice E shows that if lack of the objects donated by a patron to a museum. The collection of museum's exhibit will meaningless and will not have value. So, this is the weakened answer.
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Re: CR-Weaken: Museaum Donations [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2012, 15:56
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The argument states that donated pieces cost museum money. To weaken this conclusion, we could find an answer choice that suggests that a donated piece may actually fetch a lot of money, money that will more than help defray the cost of storage, etc. Or we could find another answer that says that the donated gifts somehow end up saving museums money.

Answer (B) doesn't quite do the trick. Had (B) said, 'Wealthy patrons who donate objects will retract their handsome cash offerings if museums no longer accept donated objects', we would have a winner. But, as the way it is, there is nothing in (B) to suggest that the donated objects are somehow saving the museums money.

(E) is on the money, so to speak, because it gives us a good reason why donated objects will actually save museums money: museums do not have to spend money on expensive artwork because they already have artwork in the form of donated objects.

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Re: CR-Weaken: Museaum Donations [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2012, 16:05
got it "e " @original poster: wud appreciate if u cud hide ur doubts in black (irrespective of choice ).this wud help to make unbiased decisions
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Re: CR-Weaken: Museaum Donations [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2013, 21:41
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The argument states that donated pieces cost museum money. To weaken this conclusion, we could find an answer choice that suggests that a donated piece may actually fetch a lot of money, money that will more than help defray the cost of storage, etc. Or we could find another answer that says that the donated gifts somehow end up saving museums money.

Answer (B) doesn't quite do the trick. Had (B) said, 'Wealthy patrons who donate objects will retract their handsome cash offerings if museums no longer accept donated objects', we would have a winner. But, as the way it is, there is nothing in (B) to suggest that the donated objects are somehow saving the museums money.

(E) is on the money, so to speak, because it gives us a good reason why donated objects will actually save museums money: museums do not have to spend money on expensive artwork because they already have artwork in the form of donated objects.

Hope that helps :-D


Hi Chris!
Where is it mention in option E that the donated object will attract more visitors and hence lighten the financial liabilities of the museum even if it has to be purchased ??
Please enlighten me!
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Re: It is widely assumed that a museum is helped financially [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2013, 22:49
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It is widely assumed that a museum is helped financially when a generous patron donates a potential exhibit. In truth, however, donated objects require storage space, which is not free, and routine conservation, which is rather expensive. Therefore, such gifts exacerbate rather than lighten the demands made on a museum’s financial resources.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument above?

(A) To keep patrons well disposed, a museum will find it advisable to put at least some donated objects on exhibit rather than merely in storage. In storage or on display, space still costs money. Being on display still requires conservation.
(B) The people who are most likely to donate valuable objects to a museum are also the people who are most likely to make cash gifts to it. Nothing about this states that the cash gifts offset the costs mentioned.
(C) A museum cannot save money by resorting to cheap storage under less than adequate conditions, because so doing would drive up the cost of conservation. Straight out strengthens the argument made.
(D) Patrons expect a museum to keep donated objects in its possession rather than to raise cash by selling them. Which means the museum has no choice but to assume the costs mentioned.
(E) Objects donated by a patron to a museum are often of such importance that the museum would be obliged to add them to its collection through purchase if necessary. Cost of Acquisition + Cost of Storage/Conservation = What Museum would have to spend to acquire important objects. These are expenses the museum would take on if the object were to come on to the open market. Every object a museum owns has the expenses mentioned in the question. In this case a donation saves the museum the acquisition cost of something they would acquire (or try to) anyway.

Need some help in reasoning option (B)

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I'll admit I had a bit of a tough time between B and E. The fact that the cash donations mentioned in B might not counter the expenses of the donation, led me to E.
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Re: CR-Weaken: Museaum Donations [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2013, 23:09
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ChrisLele wrote:
The argument states that donated pieces cost museum money. To weaken this conclusion, we could find an answer choice that suggests that a donated piece may actually fetch a lot of money, money that will more than help defray the cost of storage, etc. Or we could find another answer that says that the donated gifts somehow end up saving museums money.

Answer (B) doesn't quite do the trick. Had (B) said, 'Wealthy patrons who donate objects will retract their handsome cash offerings if museums no longer accept donated objects', we would have a winner. But, as the way it is, there is nothing in (B) to suggest that the donated objects are somehow saving the museums money.

(E) is on the money, so to speak, because it gives us a good reason why donated objects will actually save museums money: museums do not have to spend money on expensive artwork because they already have artwork in the form of donated objects.

Hope that helps :-D


Hi Chris!
Where is it mention in option E that the donated object will attract more visitors and hence lighten the financial liabilities of the museum even if it has to be purchased ??
Please enlighten me!


In my opinion attracting visitors is immaterial to the question stem. You are assuming that all museums charge admission fees to visitors.
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Re: CR-Weaken: Museaum Donations [#permalink] New post 12 Jul 2013, 00:57
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sparkling12 wrote:
ChrisLele wrote:
The argument states that donated pieces cost museum money. To weaken this conclusion, we could find an answer choice that suggests that a donated piece may actually fetch a lot of money, money that will more than help defray the cost of storage, etc. Or we could find another answer that says that the donated gifts somehow end up saving museums money.

Answer (B) doesn't quite do the trick. Had (B) said, 'Wealthy patrons who donate objects will retract their handsome cash offerings if museums no longer accept donated objects', we would have a winner. But, as the way it is, there is nothing in (B) to suggest that the donated objects are somehow saving the museums money.

(E) is on the money, so to speak, because it gives us a good reason why donated objects will actually save museums money: museums do not have to spend money on expensive artwork because they already have artwork in the form of donated objects.

Hope that helps :-D


Hi Chris!
Where is it mention in option E that the donated object will attract more visitors and hence lighten the financial liabilities of the museum even if it has to be purchased ??
Please enlighten me!


In my opinion attracting visitors is immaterial to the question stem. You are assuming that all museums charge admission fees to visitors.


Well if this is not the case, then how adding a new object into museum would not be a exacerbation on a museum’s financial resources. It's true that donation would ease out purchase cost but still it involves maintenance cost, which is an additional burden on its financial resources.
correct me where am I wrong
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Re: CR-Weaken: Museaum Donations [#permalink] New post 12 Jul 2013, 14:36
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MzJavert wrote:

In my opinion attracting visitors is immaterial to the question stem. You are assuming that all museums charge admission fees to visitors.


Well if this is not the case, then how adding a new object into museum would not be a exacerbation on a museum’s financial resources. It's true that donation would ease out purchase cost but still it involves maintenance cost, which is an additional burden on its financial resources.
correct me where am I wrong


Let's make this more general. Item A's contribution to the organization's mission is high. Resources devoted to item A directly help accomplish the organization's mission. Item B requires the same amount of resources. But because item B contributes very little to the organization's mission, resources devoted to item B are wasted.
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It is widely assumed that a museum is helped financially when a generous patron donates a potential exhibit. In truth, however, donated objects require storage space, which is not free, and routine conservation, which is rather expensive. Therefore, such gifts exacerbate rather than lighten the demands made on a museum’s financial resources.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument above?

(A) To keep patrons well disposed, a museum will find it advisable to put at least some donated objects on exhibit rather than merely in storage.
(B) The people who are most likely to donate valuable objects to a museum are also the people who are most likely to make cash gifts to it. - It might or might not help as the cash gifts might or might not cover the additional storage costs which mentioned in the argument
(C) A museum cannot save money by resorting to cheap storage under less than adequate conditions, because so doing would drive up the cost of conservation.
(D) Patrons expect a museum to keep donated objects in its possession rather than to raise cash by selling them.
(E) Objects donated by a patron to a museum are often of such importance that the museum would be obliged to add them to its collection through purchase if necessary. - This is definitely going to help the museum as they don't have to spend on buying these objects

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Re: It is widely assumed that a museum is helped financially [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2013, 04:54
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It is widely assumed that a museum is helped financially when a generous patron donates a potential exhibit. In truth, however, donated objects require storage space, which is not free, and routine conservation, which is rather expensive. Therefore, such gifts exacerbate rather than lighten the demands made on a museum’s financial resources.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument above?

(A) To keep patrons well disposed, a museum will find it advisable to put at least some donated objects on exhibit rather than merely in storage.
(B) The people who are most likely to donate valuable objects to a museum are also the people who are most likely to make cash gifts to it.
(C) A museum cannot save money by resorting to cheap storage under less than adequate conditions, because so doing would drive up the cost of conservation.
(D) Patrons expect a museum to keep donated objects in its possession rather than to raise cash by selling them.
(E) Objects donated by a patron to a museum are often of such importance that the museum would be obliged to add them to its collection through purchase if necessary.

Need some help in reasoning option (B)

Many thanks!


Next time please put your chosen option also under a spoiler. I saw that sentence and straightway marked E.
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Re: It is widely assumed that a museum is helped financially [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2014, 00:15
ChrisLele wrote:
The argument states that donated pieces cost museum money. To weaken this conclusion, we could find an answer choice that suggests that a donated piece may actually fetch a lot of money, money that will more than help defray the cost of storage, etc. Or we could find another answer that says that the donated gifts somehow end up saving museums money.

Answer (B) doesn't quite do the trick. Had (B) said, 'Wealthy patrons who donate objects will retract their handsome cash offerings if museums no longer accept donated objects', we would have a winner. But, as the way it is, there is nothing in (B) to suggest that the donated objects are somehow saving the museums money.

(E) is on the money, so to speak, because it gives us a good reason why donated objects will actually save museums money: museums do not have to spend money on expensive artwork because they already have artwork in the form of donated objects.

Hope that helps :-D



Hi Chris,

Your explanations are really helpful.

I have a doubt regarding your reasoning for option B. Could you please let us know the reasoning you used, to say that the customized option B would actually weaken the argument, i.e., 'Wealthy patrons who donate objects will retract their handsome cash offerings if museums no longer accept donated objects'.

I can't see how the above would affect the conclusion in any way.

Many Thanks. :-)
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