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# A list of the fifteen operas most frequently performed in recent times

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A list of the fifteen operas most frequently performed in recent times includes no works by the nineteenth- century German composer Richard Wagner. Although music producers tend to produce what audiences want, relative infrequency of performance probably does not indicate lack of popularity in Wagner's case, since Wagner's operas are notoriously expensive to perform on stage.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the conclusion of the argument above？

(A) The list of most frequently performed operas does not include operas produced by small amateur groups.

(B) Some opera companies are backed by patrons who are willing to commit large sums of money in order to enjoy lavish productions.

(C) All of the fifteen most frequently performed operas of recent times are works that have been popular for at least 75 years.

(D) More recordings have been produced recently of the works of Wagner than of the works of any other composer of opera.

(E) Operatic works of all kinds have been increasing in popularity in recent years.

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09 Dec 2017, 20:33
carcass wrote:
A list of the fifteen operas most frequently performed in recent times includes no works by the nineteenth- century German composer Richard Wagner. Although music producers tend to produce what audiences want, relative infrequency of performance probably does not indicate lack of popularity in Wagner's case, since Wagner's operas are notoriously expensive to perform on stage.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the conclusion of the argument above？

(A)The list of most frequently performed operas does not include operas produced by small amateur groups.
(B)Some opera companies are backed by patrons who are willing to commit large sums of money in order to enjoy lavish productions.
(C)All of the fifteen most frequently performed operas of recent times are works that have been popular for at least 75 years.
(D)More recordings have been produced recently of the works of Wagner than of the works of any other composer of opera.
(E)Operatic works of all kinds have been increasing in popularity in recent years.

I searched the source of this question, and see that this one is from GRE.

A is clearly wrong since it weakens the argument.
B seems close. However, if B is true, then why aren't Wagner's operas performed? It could be concluded that Wagner's operas aren't popular as the argument said. B weakends the argument.
C, E contribute nothing to the argument.
D is left. However, D doesn't directly support the argument that Wagner's operas are really popular and expensive to perform. D just suggests that Wagner's operas are recently performed more frequently than those of other composer. It slightly supports the argument, but it is weak.

I think this question isn't good one.
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10 Dec 2017, 04:13
A list of the fifteen operas most frequently performed in recent times includes no works by the nineteenth- century German composer Richard Wagner. Although music producers tend to produce what audiences want, relative infrequency of performance probably does not indicate lack of popularity in Wagner's case, since Wagner's operas are notoriously expensive to perform on stage.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the conclusion of the argument above？

(A)The list of most frequently performed operas does not include operas produced by small amateur groups. -This is irrelevant. We are worried about Wager and not "group"
(B)Some opera companies are backed by patrons who are willing to commit large sums of money in order to enjoy lavish productions. -We still don't know whether Wager's opera is supported or not. Irrelevant
(C)All of the fifteen most frequently performed operas of recent times are works that have been popular for at least 75 years. -Irrelevant
(D)More recordings have been produced recently of the works of Wagner than of the works of any other composer of opera. -Correct
(E)Operatic works of all kinds have been increasing in popularity in recent years. -This is close one. But option "D" is a better strengthener than this one. Out
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carcass wrote:
A list of the fifteen operas most frequently performed in recent times includes no works by the nineteenth- century German composer Richard Wagner. Although music producers tend to produce what audiences want, relative infrequency of performance probably does not indicate lack of popularity in Wagner's case, since Wagner's operas are notoriously expensive to perform on stage.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the conclusion of the argument above？

(A)The list of most frequently performed operas does not include operas produced by small amateur groups.
(B)Some opera companies are backed by patrons who are willing to commit large sums of money in order to enjoy lavish productions.
(C)All of the fifteen most frequently performed operas of recent times are works that have been popular for at least 75 years.
(D)More recordings have been produced recently of the works of Wagner than of the works of any other composer of opera.
(E)Operatic works of all kinds have been increasing in popularity in recent years.

I searched the source of this question, and see that this one is from GRE.

A is clearly wrong since it weakens the argument.
B seems close. However, if B is true, then why aren't Wagner's operas performed? It could be concluded that Wagner's operas aren't popular as the argument said. B weakends the argument.
C, E contribute nothing to the argument.
D is left. However, D doesn't directly support the argument that Wagner's operas are really popular and expensive to perform. D just suggests that Wagner's operas are recently performed more frequently than those of other composer. It slightly supports the argument, but it is weak.

I think this question isn't good one.

why is it not good ?? because is from GRE or because is not good per se as question ??
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06 Jan 2018, 19:39
Can someone explain the conclusion of the argument above ?
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07 Jan 2018, 08:44
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Can someone explain the conclusion of the argument above ?

Conclusion - Wagners' operas are still popular, they were not in top 15 only because of the high cost associated with high cost of performing Wagners' operas.
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08 Jan 2018, 19:54

In D, it says more works of Wagner operas are recently performed sad that means they’re not that expensive. This option for me is weakening the conclusion. On the other hand C says, recent works published are of famous ones, but they didn’t choose Wagner operas and that says they are concerned about money. So this is strengthening to me
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08 Jan 2018, 22:15
Pease help me, I don’t understand how D is good here. I marked C

In D, it says more works of Wagner operas are recently performed sad that means they’re not that expensive. This option for me is weakening the conclusion. On the other hand C says, recent works published are of famous ones, but they didn’t choose Wagner operas and that says they are concerned about money. So this is strengthening to me

carcass wrote:
broall wrote:
carcass wrote:
A list of the fifteen operas most frequently performed in recent times includes no works by the nineteenth- century German composer Richard Wagner. Although music producers tend to produce what audiences want, relative infrequency of performance probably does not indicate lack of popularity in Wagner's case, since Wagner's operas are notoriously expensive to perform on stage.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the conclusion of the argument above？

(A)The list of most frequently performed operas does not include operas produced by small amateur groups.
(B)Some opera companies are backed by patrons who are willing to commit large sums of money in order to enjoy lavish productions.
(C)All of the fifteen most frequently performed operas of recent times are works that have been popular for at least 75 years.
(D)More recordings have been produced recently of the works of Wagner than of the works of any other composer of opera.
(E)Operatic works of all kinds have been increasing in popularity in recent years.

I searched the source of this question, and see that this one is from GRE.

A is clearly wrong since it weakens the argument.
B seems close. However, if B is true, then why aren't Wagner's operas performed? It could be concluded that Wagner's operas aren't popular as the argument said. B weakends the argument.
C, E contribute nothing to the argument.
D is left. However, D doesn't directly support the argument that Wagner's operas are really popular and expensive to perform. D just suggests that Wagner's operas are recently performed more frequently than those of other composer. It slightly supports the argument, but it is weak.

I think this question isn't good one.

why is it not good ?? because is from GRE or because is not good per se as question ??
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28 Dec 2018, 06:40
broall wrote:
carcass wrote:
A list of the fifteen operas most frequently performed in recent times includes no works by the nineteenth- century German composer Richard Wagner. Although music producers tend to produce what audiences want, relative infrequency of performance probably does not indicate lack of popularity in Wagner's case, since Wagner's operas are notoriously expensive to perform on stage.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the conclusion of the argument above？

(A)The list of most frequently performed operas does not include operas produced by small amateur groups.
(B)Some opera companies are backed by patrons who are willing to commit large sums of money in order to enjoy lavish productions.
(C)All of the fifteen most frequently performed operas of recent times are works that have been popular for at least 75 years.
(D)More recordings have been produced recently of the works of Wagner than of the works of any other composer of opera.
(E)Operatic works of all kinds have been increasing in popularity in recent years.

I searched the source of this question, and see that this one is from GRE.

A is clearly wrong since it weakens the argument.
B seems close. However, if B is true, then why aren't Wagner's operas performed? It could be concluded that Wagner's operas aren't popular as the argument said. B weakends the argument.
C, E contribute nothing to the argument.
D is left. However, D doesn't directly support the argument that Wagner's operas are really popular and expensive to perform. D just suggests that Wagner's operas are recently performed more frequently than those of other composer. It slightly supports the argument, but it is weak.

I think this question isn't good one.

Option "D" Strengthen the argument by establishing that the Wagner's Operas are popular.

(D)More recordings have been produced recently of the works of Wagner than of the works of any other composer of opera.

This means that the since the Operas of Wagner are expensive to perform on the stage, the recordings are being produced.
and since the producers tend to produce what audience wants, the recordings of Wagner's Operas are popular among audience.
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28 Dec 2018, 07:08
singhalh5962 wrote:
broall wrote:

Option "D" Strengthen the argument by establishing that the Wagner's Operas are popular.

(D)More recordings have been produced recently of the works of Wagner than of the works of any other composer of opera.

This means that the since the Operas of Wagner are expensive to perform on the stage, the recordings are being produced.
and since the producers tend to produce what audience wants, the recordings of Wagner's Operas are popular among audience.

Fully agree with above reasoning, we are basically tasked to find evidence that Wagners Operas are popular (thereby voiding the notion that his operas are not present in the top 15 due to lack of popularity)

The information about their recent success via the sale of records does exactly that.
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