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# A recent study of major motion pictures revealed

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A recent study of major motion pictures revealed that the vast majority of their plots were simply variations on plots that had been used many times before. Despite this fact, many people enjoy seeing several new movies each year.

Each of the following, if true, would contribute to an explanation of the apparent discrepancy in the information above EXCEPT:

(A) Movies based on standard plots are more likely to be financially successful than are ones based on original plots.
(B) If the details of their stories are sufficiently different, two movies with the same basic plot will be perceived by moviegoers as having different plots.
(C) Because of the large number of movies produced each year, the odds of a person seeing two movies with the same general plot structure in a five-year period are fairly low.
(D) A certain aesthetic pleasure is derived from seeing several movies that develop the same plot in slightly different ways.
(E) Although most modern movie plots have been used before, most of those previous uses occurred during the 1940s and 1950s.

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09 Oct 2017, 03:05
(A) This one has something out of scope _ financially successful. While scope is not as important in paradox questions as it is in, for example, assumption questions, it’s hard to imagine what financial success has to do with repetitiveness. This might provide affirmation that people do continue going to the movies despite repetitiveness, but it doesn’t tell us *why* this is so.
(B) does resolve the paradox by explaining that the repetitiveness is not a problem because movie goers don’t realize they’re seeing the same thing again and again.
(C) tells us that the repetitiveness problem is not as daunting as it might initially seem, showing that it is not so very surprising that it doesn’t affect moviegoers.
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(D) turns the repetitiveness into a good thing, another way to dissipate any apparent paradox.
(E) is like (C), telling us that the repetitiveness is not as frequent as we might initially expect.
Re: A recent study of major motion pictures revealed &nbs [#permalink] 09 Oct 2017, 03:05
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