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I'm finding it extremely confusing to find the differences between terms used in place of building blocks of an argument e.g. position, judgment...used in example below ....which one to be treated what .....


Museums that house Renaissance oil paintings typically store them in environments that are carefully kept within narrow margins of temperature and humidity to inhibit any deterioration. Laboratory tests have shown that the kind of oil paint used in these paintings actually adjusts to climatic changes quite well. If, as some museum directors believe, paint is the most sensitive substance in these works, then by relaxing the standards for temperature and humidity control, museums can reduce energy costs without risking damage to these paintings. Museums would be rash to relax those standards, however, since results of preliminary tests indicate that gesso, a compound routinely used by Renaissance artists to help paint adhere to the canvas, is unable to withstand significant variations in humidity.

In the argument above, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?

A. The first is an objection that has been raised against the position taken by the argument; the second is the position taken by the argument.
B. The first is the position taken by the argument; the second is the position that the argument calls into question.
C. The first is a judgment that has been offered in support of the position that the argument calls into question; the second is a circumstance on which that judgment is, in part, based.
D. The first is a judgment that has been offered in support of the position that the argument calls into question; the second is that position.
E. The first is a claim that the argument calls into question; the second is the position taken by the argument.
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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Re: Museums that house Renaissance oil paintings typically store [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2013, 12:17
The answer is "D".
The best way to do such questions is to first break apart the argument into premise and conclusion. In this case the conclusion is - " The museums should not relax the existing standards" and everything else is a premise. Now within the premise, as you read the argument write down in your own words what you think of the boldface lines. e.g. while reading this paragraph I wrote down that the first boldface line is a belief which the argument contradicts and the second is a decision based on this belief ,and then look for words that are synonymous with your answer.
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