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# The stated goal of the government s funding program for the

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The stated goal of the government's funding program for the [#permalink]  14 Sep 2004, 12:58
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7. The stated goal of the government's funding program for the arts is to encourage the creation of works of artistic excellence. Senator Beton claims. However, that a government-funded artwork can never reflect the independent artistic conscience of the artist because artists, like anyone else who accepts financial support. Will inevitably try to please those who control the distribution of that support. Senator Beton concludes that government funding of the arts not only is a burden on taxpayers but also cannot lead to the creation of works of true artistic excellence.

Which one of the following is an assumption on which Senator Beton's argument is based?

(A) Most taxpayers have little or no interest in the creation of works of true artistic excellence.
(B) Government funding of the arts is more generous than other financial support most artists receive.
(C) Distribution of government funds for the arts is based on a broad agreement as to what constitutes artistic excellence.
(D) Once an artist has produced works of true artistic excellence. He or she will never accept government funding.
(E) A contemporary work of art that does not reflect the independent artistic conscience of the artist cannot be a work of true artistic excellence.
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The assumption is that independent artistic conscience only leads to the creation of works of true artistic excellence. Choice E states this assumption clearly.

So, I will go with choice E.
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Both C and E seem like valid assumption. I chose E, since negating that would break the conclusion.
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7. The stated goal of the government's funding program for the arts is to encourage the creation of works of artistic excellence. Senator Beton claims. However, that a government-funded artwork can never reflect the independent artistic conscience of the artist because artists, like anyone else who accepts financial support, will inevitably try to please those who control the distribution of that support. Senator Beton concludes that government funding of the arts not only is a burden on taxpayers but also cannot lead to the creation of works of true artistic excellence.
Which one of the following is an assumption on which Senator Beton's argument is based?

(A) Most taxpayers have little or no interest in the creation of works of true artistic excellence. Out of scope
(B) Government funding of the arts is more generous than other financial support most artists receive. Out of scope
(C) Distribution of government funds for the arts is based on a broad agreement as to what constitutes artistic excellence. Not an assumption to the conclusion
(D) Once an artist has produced works of true artistic excellence. He or she will never accept government funding.
(E) A contemporary work of art that does not reflect the independent artistic conscience of the artist cannot be a work of true artistic excellence. possible answer from the evidence and conclusion. Moreso one can apply the negation rule and it works well for this one
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The stated goal of the government s funding program for the [#permalink]  22 Feb 2010, 08:53
The stated goal of the government’s funding program for the arts is to encourage the creation of works of artistic excellence. Senator Beton claims, however, that a government-funded artwork can never reflect the independent artistic conscience of the artist because artists, like anyone else who accepts financial support, will inevitably try to please those who control the distribution of that support. Senator Beton concludes that government funding of the arts not only is a burden on taxpayers but also cannot lead to the creation of works of true artistic excellence.
Which one of the following is an assumption on which Senator Beton’s argument is based?
(A) Most taxpayers have little or no interest in the creation of works of true artistic excellence.
(B) Government funding of the arts is more generous than other financial support most artists receive.
(C) Distribution of government funds for the arts is based on a broad agreement as to what constitutes artistic excellence.
(D) Once an artist has produced works of true artistic excellence, he or she will never accept government funding.
(E) A contemporary work of art that does not reflect the independent artistic conscience of the artist cannot be a work of true artistic excellence.

OA is
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e

PL explain.
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Re: art and taxpayers [#permalink]  22 Feb 2010, 09:08

A: There is no relation with taxpayer interests in arts, it is only about financial burden on taxpayers
B: The point is not about a comparison with other financial resources, it is about any financial support
C: Passage does not talk about any agreement on artistic excellence
D: Doesn't make any sense for this passage

Hope that helps.
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Re: art and taxpayers [#permalink]  22 Feb 2010, 09:11
Senator Beton claims, however, that a government-funded artwork can never reflect the independent artistic conscience of the artist because artists, like anyone else who accepts financial support, will inevitably try to please those who control the distribution of that support
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Re: art and taxpayers [#permalink]  22 Feb 2010, 09:18
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The stated goal of the government’s funding program for the arts is to encourage the creation of works of artistic excellence. Senator Beton claims, however, that a government-funded artwork can never reflect the independent artistic conscience of the artist because artists, like anyone else who accepts financial support, will inevitably try to please those who control the distribution of that support. Senator Beton concludes that government funding of the arts not only is a burden on taxpayers but also cannot lead to the creation of works of true artistic excellence.
Which one of the following is an assumption on which Senator Beton’s argument is based?
(A) Most taxpayers have little or no interest in the creation of works of true artistic excellence.
(B) Government funding of the arts is more generous than other financial support most artists receive.
(C) Distribution of government funds for the arts is based on a broad agreement as to what constitutes artistic excellence.
(D) Once an artist has produced works of true artistic excellence, he or she will never accept government funding.
(E) A contemporary work of art that does not reflect the independent artistic conscience of the artist cannot be a work of true artistic excellence.

PL explain.

Below I wrote a shorter version of the passage:

The stated goal is the creation of works of artistic excellence. A government-funded artwork can NEVER reflect the independent artistic conscience of the artist. Thus, the funding cannot lead to the creation of works of true artistic excellence.

Now, if we put E before THUS, we'll see the logic of this assumption:

The stated goal is the creation of works of artistic excellence. A government-funded artwork can NEVER reflect the independent artistic conscience of the artist. A contemporary work of art that does not reflect the independent artistic conscience of the artist cannot be a work of true artistic excellence. Thus, the funding cannot lead to the creation of works of true artistic excellence.

Think it does make sense.
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Re: art and taxpayers [#permalink]  28 Mar 2010, 19:09
thanku it helped E it is
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Re: art and taxpayers [#permalink]  06 Apr 2010, 06:36
E
There is a gap between the premises and the conclusion. The senator argues that after taking money the artists produces works that serves to please the donors. He uses this evidence to claim that the artist, hence, cannot produce any a work of true artistic excellence. E fills the gap, and hence is the assumption.

Looks like personalizing the argument would work well in this case.
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Re: CR - Artistic [#permalink]  10 May 2011, 00:37
Its an E.
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Re: The stated goal of the government's funding program for the [#permalink]  16 Nov 2011, 23:14
E
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Re: The stated goal of the government's funding program for the [#permalink]  16 Nov 2011, 23:56
I choose E
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Re: The stated goal of the government's funding program for the [#permalink]  23 Jan 2012, 08:15
+1 E.
Logical flaw in the argument.

7. The stated goal of the government's funding program for the arts is to encourage the creation of works of artistic excellence. Senator Beton claims. However, that a government-funded artwork can never reflect the independent artistic conscience of the artist because artists, like anyone else who accepts financial support. Will inevitably try to please those who control the distribution of that support. Senator Beton concludes that government funding of the arts not only is a burden on taxpayers but also cannot lead to the creation of works of true artistic excellence.

Which one of the following is an assumption on which Senator Beton's argument is based?

(A) Most taxpayers have little or no interest in the creation of works of true artistic excellence.
Taxpayers' interest not talked about. Irrelevant.

(B) Government funding of the arts is more generous than other financial support most artists receive. Again, comparison of govt. funding with other funding is not made. Irrelevant.
(C) Distribution of government funds for the arts is based on a broad agreement as to what constitutes artistic excellence. What constitutes artistic excellence is not mentioned.
(D) Once an artist has produced works of true artistic excellence. He or she will never accept government funding. Too extreme.
(E) A contemporary work of art that does not reflect the independent artistic conscience of the artist cannot be a work of true artistic excellence. Correctly fills the logical gap.
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Re: The stated goal of the government's funding program for the [#permalink]  23 Jan 2012, 12:27
Counter Premise: However, that aIgovernment-funded artwork can never reflect the independent artistic conscience of the artist because artists, like anyone else who accepts financial support.

Conclusion: concludes that government funding of the arts not only is a burden on taxpayers but also cannot lead to the creation of works of true artistic excellence.

We need a supportive assumption to link counter premise and conclusion.

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Re: The stated goal of the government's funding program for the [#permalink]  25 Jan 2012, 13:54
+1E
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Re: The stated goal of the government's funding program for the [#permalink]  25 Jan 2012, 16:41
7. The stated goal of the government's funding program for the arts is to encourage the creation of works of artistic excellence. Senator Beton claims. However, that a government-funded artwork can never reflect the independent artistic conscience of the artist because artists, like anyone else who accepts financial support. Will inevitably try to please those who control the distribution of that support. Senator Beton concludes that government funding of the arts not only is a burden on taxpayers but also cannot lead to the creation of works of true artistic excellence.

Which one of the following is an assumption on which Senator Beton's argument is based?

(A) Most taxpayers have little or no interest in the creation of works of true artistic excellence.
(B) Government funding of the arts is more generous than other financial support most artists receive.
(C) Distribution of government funds for the arts is based on a broad agreement as to what constitutes artistic excellence.
(D) Once an artist has produced works of true artistic excellence. He or she will never accept government funding.
(E) A contemporary work of art that does not reflect the independent artistic conscience of the artist cannot be a work of true artistic excellence.

Here the assumption should be something which strengthens the argument of the author that a government-funded artwork can never reflect the independent artistic conscience of the artist because artists, like anyone else who accepts financial support. Will inevitably try to please those who control the distribution of that support.Point E rightly reinforces the same point .Hence E.
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Re: The stated goal of the government's funding program for the [#permalink]  25 Jan 2012, 23:20
+1 E
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Re: The stated goal of the government's funding program for the [#permalink]  03 Feb 2012, 04:55
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7. The stated goal of the government's funding program for the arts is to encourage the creation of works of artistic excellence. Senator Beton claims. However, that a government-funded artwork can never reflect the independent artistic conscience of the artist because artists, like anyone else who accepts financial support. Will inevitably try to please those who control the distribution of that support. Senator Beton concludes that government funding of the arts not only is a burden on taxpayers but also cannot lead to the creation of works of true artistic excellence.

Which one of the following is an assumption on which Senator Beton's argument is based?

(A) Most taxpayers have little or no interest in the creation of works of true artistic excellence.
(B) Government funding of the arts is more generous than other financial support most artists receive.
(C) Distribution of government funds for the arts is based on a broad agreement as to what constitutes artistic excellence.
(D) Once an artist has produced works of true artistic excellence. He or she will never accept government funding.
(E) A contemporary work of art that does not reflect the independent artistic conscience of the artist cannot be a work of true artistic excellence.

Conclusion : govt funding of artwork is a burden on taxpayer as well as cannot lead to creation of true artistic excellence work
premise : funded work doesn't represent the independent artistic conscience of artist

An assumption should bridge the GAP between premise and conclusion
therefore our assumption should relate independent artistic conscience with true artistic excellence, thus IMO answer is E
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Re: The stated goal of the government s funding program for the [#permalink]  18 Jan 2013, 02:17
Government-funded -> never reflect the independent artistic conscience
Thus, Government-funding cannot lead to the true artistic excellence

ASSUMPTION:
Connection between never reflect "the independent artistic conscience" & "true artistic excellence"

(E) A contemporary work of art that does not reflect the independent artistic conscience of the artist cannot be a work of true artistic excellence.

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