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Publisher Big Books’ proposal to encourage new authors by founding an imprint, or brand name, exclusively for first novels is doomed to artistic failure. New authors have not had the experience necessary to refine their writing styles, and a wistful desire to publish hoards of new authors will only lower quality standards and flood the market with mediocre prose.

Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the argument against the publisher’s proposed imprint?

A. Authors hoping to be published will share the cost of publication.
B. First novels will be marketed only by in-store displays, not with posters, which are more expensive.
C. All books published under the new imprint are held to rigorous, pre-determined standards of quality.
D. Many novels that are now considered classics were the first novels published by their authors.
E. Manuscripts will be solicited from authors who have already proven successful at writing short stories.

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Re: CR: weaken [#permalink] New post 06 Apr 2010, 16:24
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It's between D and E.

The "evidence" in the question stem is the second sentence - it states that new authors lack experience. That evidence is used to support the conclusion in the third sentence.

Answer choice E directly attacks that evidence, so it undermines the conclusion. Hence E.

Answer choice D may be true, but there have also been thousands of first books by new authors that were failures, so it doesn't undermine the conclusion.
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Re: CR: weaken [#permalink] New post 06 Apr 2010, 18:32
It should be C
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Re: CR: weaken [#permalink] New post 08 Apr 2010, 01:02
I think the answer is E, because the conclusion is based on the premise - authors have not had the experience necessary to refine their writing styles and option D attacks this.
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Re: CR: weaken [#permalink] New post 08 Apr 2010, 03:38
I think the answer is C

The conclusion states that new authors will publish prose of lower quality. To attak the conclusion if there are strict control on quality check it will reduce the possibility of lower quality articles.

Its imp to attack the conclusion and not completely destroy it
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Re: CR: weaken [#permalink] New post 08 Apr 2010, 06:42
The key here is quality. The only answer mentioned the level of quality is C.
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Re: CR: weaken [#permalink] New post 08 Apr 2010, 06:46
Ans should be C. Short Stories? We are talking abt the novels in the question....
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Question asks which one would most weaken the argument against the publisher’s proposed imprint:
we should weaken the argument 'New authors have not had the experience necessary to refine their writing styles, and a wistful desire to publish hoards of new authors will only lower quality standards and flood the market with mediocre prose' ==> attack the poor quality.
A. Authors hoping to be published will share the cost of publication.
>> cost is not mentioned in argument.
B. First novels will be marketed only by in-store displays, not with posters, which are more expensive.
>>Same as above.
C. All books published under the new imprint are held to rigorous, pre-determined standards of quality.
>> Yes. This will make sure there are no poor quality books.
D. Many novels that are now considered classics were the first novels published by their authors.
>> Not relatedE. Manuscripts will be solicited from authors who have already proven successful at writing short stories.
>> Not related.

C it is.
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