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# A major art theft from a museum was remarkable in that the

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A major art theft from a museum was remarkable in that the pieces stolen clearly had been carefully selected. The criterion for selection, however, clearly had not been greatest estimated market value. It follows that the theft was specifically carried out to suit the taste of some individual collector for whose private collection the pieces were destined.

The argument tacitly appeals to which one of the following principles?

(A) Any art theft can, on the evidence of the selection of pieces stolen, be categorized as committed either at the direction of a single known individual or at the direction of a group of known individuals.

(B) Any art theft committed at the direction of a single individual results in a pattern of works taken and works left alone that defies rational analysis.

(C) The pattern of works taken and works left alone can sometimes distinguish one type of art theft from another.

(D) Art thefts committed with no preexisting plan for the disposition of the stolen works do not always involve theft of the most valuable pieces only.

(E) The pattern of works taken and works left alone in an art theft can be particularly damaging to the integrity of the remaining collection.

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30 Mar 2004, 11:09
I will go with D. Explanation will follow if I am correct
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30 Mar 2004, 11:17
Sorry I had to erase my answer but I still stick with C. Just wanted to more clearly defend my stance before I post.
A) What if every member of the group of individuals each have the same taste? Then how can we know whether the theft acted on behalf of a group or of an single individual?
B) This is a generalization of the case at hand and cannot be confirmed for any kind of theft directed by a single individual
C) "sometimes" is the most conservative answer and it leaves some leaway as to the fact that sometimes, the burglary does not allow us to distinguish between types of art thefts.
D) all we know about is thefts with pre-existing plans for the dispositions of such artworks(the disposition plans being that they stole those artworks FOR other individuals). Nothing is mentioned about thefts without pre-existing disposition plans. What if those ALWAYS involve the most valuable pieces only?
E) this is pure speculation
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30 Mar 2004, 11:50
I agree with Paul. My answer would be correct as an inference rather than a principle on which the argument depends.
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30 Mar 2004, 11:53
Nice explanation, Paul.

You are right. C is the official answer.
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