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The high cost of productions is severely limiting which

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The high cost of productions is severely limiting which operas are available to the public. These costs necessitate reliance on large corporate sponsors, who in return demand that only the most famous operas be produced. Determining which operas will be produced should rest only with ticket purchasers at the box office, not with large corporate sponsors. If we reduce production budgets so that operas can be supported exclusively by box-office receipts and donations from individuals, then the public will be able to see less famous operas.

Which one of the following, if true, would weaken the argument?

(A) A few ticket purchasers go to the opera for the sake of going to the opera, not to see specific operatic productions.
(B) The reduction of opera production budgets would not reduce the desire of large corporate sponsors to support operas.
(C) Without the support of large corporate sponsors, opera companies could not afford to produce any but the most famous of operas.
(D) Large corporate sponsors will stop supporting opera productions if they are denied control over which operas will be produced.
(E) The combination of individual donations and box-office receipts cannot match the amounts of money obtained through sponsorship by large corporations.

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17 Jan 2007, 10:14
B !
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17 Jan 2007, 10:55
C.

If this is the answer then i will share my .02 dollars worth
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17 Jan 2007, 11:21
I agree with C.

If there is no corporate sponsorship, producers will play safe by producing only famous operas so that they dont incur a loss.
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17 Jan 2007, 11:39
C
A) A few ticket purchasers go to the opera for the sake of going to the opera, not to see specific operatic productions.
- this one strengthens the argument -> a few go to any opera
(B) The reduction of opera production budgets would not reduce the desire of large corporate sponsors to support operas.
- not related to the question
(C) Without the support of large corporate sponsors, opera companies could not afford to produce any but the most famous of operas.
- opera companies will produce only famous operas, therefore there will be more not less famous operas -> weakens the argument
(D) Large corporate sponsors will stop supporting opera productions if they are denied control over which operas will be produced.
- this is part of the assumption
(E) The combination of individual donations and box-office receipts cannot match the amounts of money obtained through sponsorship by large corporations.
- not related
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17 Jan 2007, 13:12
I agree. C is the answer.

Most people will massively attend popular operas, thus producers will only be able to produce those.
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17 Jan 2007, 15:48
vineetgupta wrote:
The high cost of productions is severely limiting which operas are available to the public. These costs necessitate reliance on large corporate sponsors, who in return demand that only the most famous operas be produced. Determining which operas will be produced should rest only with ticket purchasers at the box office, not with large corporate sponsors. If we reduce production budgets so that operas can be supported exclusively by box-office receipts and donations from individuals, then the public will be able to see less famous operas.

Which one of the following, if true, would weaken the argument?

(A) A few ticket purchasers go to the opera for the sake of going to the opera, not to see specific operatic productions.
(B) The reduction of opera production budgets would not reduce the desire of large corporate sponsors to support operas.
(C) Without the support of large corporate sponsors, opera companies could not afford to produce any but the most famous of operas.
(D) Large corporate sponsors will stop supporting opera productions if they are denied control over which operas will be produced.
(E) The combination of individual donations and box-office receipts cannot match the amounts of money obtained through sponsorship by large corporations.

errrr... C? And only by POE.
The information that:
"Without the support of large corporate sponsors, opera companies could not afford to produce any but the most famous of operas."
indicates that box office sales and donations would not be enough to cover productions even after reducing the budget.
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17 Jan 2007, 16:11
C for me, too. The argument says fewer corp. sponsors would mean more availibility of less famous operas. One possibility of that not happening is if no operas will be held at all and C provides that.
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18 Jan 2007, 06:02
vineetgupta wrote:
The high cost of productions is severely limiting which operas are available to the public. These costs necessitate reliance on large corporate sponsors, who in return demand that only the most famous operas be produced. Determining which operas will be produced should rest only with ticket purchasers at the box office, not with large corporate sponsors. If we reduce production budgets so that operas can be supported exclusively by box-office receipts and donations from individuals, then the public will be able to see less famous operas.

Which one of the following, if true, would weaken the argument?

(A) A few ticket purchasers go to the opera for the sake of going to the opera, not to see specific operatic productions.
(B) The reduction of opera production budgets would not reduce the desire of large corporate sponsors to support operas.
(C) Without the support of large corporate sponsors, opera companies could not afford to produce any but the most famous of operas.

My answer. Without the support, opera companies do the same that they wanted to avoid doing.

(D) Large corporate sponsors will stop supporting opera productions if they are denied control over which operas will be produced.
(E) The combination of individual donations and box-office receipts cannot match the amounts of money obtained through sponsorship by large corporations.

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20 Jan 2007, 05:00
Thanks guys, the OA is C.
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