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# Art theft from museums is on the rise. Most stolen art is sold to weal

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Art theft from museums is on the rise. Most stolen art is sold to wealthy private collectors. Consequently, since thieves steal what their customers are most interested in buying, museums ought to focus more of their security on their most valuable pieces.

The argument depends on assuming which one of the following?

(A) Art thieves steal both valuable and not-so valuable art.
(B) Art pieces that are not very valuable are not very much in demand by wealthy private collectors.
(C) Art thieves steal primarily from museums that are poorly secured.
(D) Most museums provide the same amount of security for valuable and not-so-valuable art.
(E) Wealthy private collectors sometimes sell their stolen art to other wealthy private collectors.
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15 May 2010, 02:13
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Jamico7 wrote:
Got this question from an LSAT test...

Art theft from museums is on the rise. Most stolen art is sold to wealthy private collectors. Consequently, since thieves steal what their customers are most interested in buying, museums ought to focus more of their security on their most valuable pieces.
The argument depends on assuming which one of the following?

(A) Art thieves steal both valuable and not-so valuable art.
(B) Art pieces that are not very valuable are not very much in demand by wealthy private collectors.
(C) Art thieves steal primarily from museums that are poorly secured.
(D) Most museums provide the same amount of security for valuable and not-so-valuable art.
(E) Wealthy private collectors sometimes sell their stolen art to other wealthy private collectors.

It has to be D.

B and D are the only contenders.

Conclusion: museums ought to focus more of their security on their most valuable pieces.

Assumption : Most museums provide the same amount of security for valuable and not-so-valuable art.

Also, negate B and D both and you will find if we negate D, the argument falls apart.
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01 Jun 2011, 05:29
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if we negate D, then we have 2 cases that could happen
- the museums are already providing better security for the valuable art
- museums are providing better security for not so valuable art

and Garimavyas has also pointed out that negating B also yields multiple cases.
so negation technique wont quite work here

question stem gives us 2 points
-thieves steal the art that wealthy collectors are interested in buying.
-museums ought to increase the security for valuable art to reduce theft.

logical assumptions would be
-wealthy collectors are interested in buying valuable art.(option B comes close but not quite close enough)
-the security for valuable art is not already higher than that for not so valuable art(option D comes close to this but again not quite close enough)

i chose B,but none of the options look correct.
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13 Jul 2011, 08:42
I picked B as well but the OA is D.

I think the way to rule out B is that stem assumes that "most valuable pieces" are stolen because customers are most interested in buying these valuable pieces. This however does not mean that not-so valuable pieces are not in demand.
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17 May 2015, 23:05
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I picked B as well but the OA is D.

I think the way to rule out B is that stem assumes that "most valuable pieces" are stolen because customers are most interested in buying these valuable pieces. This however does not mean that not-so valuable pieces are not in demand.

Hi,

I am happy to help cause IMO D.

Conclusion: museums ought to focus more of their security on their most valuable pieces
Major Premise: since thieves steal what their customers are most interested in buying

Option B: Talks about art pieces that are not very valuable. Nothing about the ones that are valuable(which is stated in conclusion). An assumption should be something that directly relates to the conclusion. By negation test assuming that "Art pieces that are not very valuable are also in demand by wealthy private collectors." does not translate to same security for all items(atleast directly). There might be same demand for both items but that does not translate to same security necessarily...

Option D: IF "Most museums provide the same amount of security for valuable and not-so-valuable art" its in direct contradiction to the conclusion which asks for better security for valuable arts.

Hope this helps.
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18 May 2015, 05:27
Art theft from museums is on the rise. Most stolen art is sold to wealthy private collectors. Consequently, since thieves steal what their customers are most interested in buying, museums ought to focus more of their security on their most valuable pieces.
The argument depends on assuming which one of the following?
The argument is that museums should focus more security on the most valuable pieces, since those are the most likely to be stolen (and these pieces are in demand by wealthy private collectors.)
(A) Art thieves steal both valuable and not-so valuable art. Given that thieves steal what their customers are interested in buying, this statement cannot be supported.
(B) Art pieces that are not very valuable are not very much in demand by wealthy private collectors.Out of scope - The argument is centered on valuable pieces.
(C) Art thieves steal primarily from museums that are poorly secured. There's no mention of the level of security of the museum.
(D) Most museums provide the same amount of security for valuable and not-so-valuable art. The negation strategy for assumption question works here. If most museums didn't provide the same amount of security (provided more security for valuable art), the argument has no function.
(E) Wealthy private collectors sometimes sell their stolen art to other wealthy private collectors.What wealthy private collectors do with the stolen art is not relevant to the argument.
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13 Aug 2018, 16:42
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Guys make sure this OA is wrong, CORRECT OA is B .....
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Art theft from museums is on the rise. Most stolen art is sold to wealthy private collectors. Consequently, since thieves steal what their customers are most interested in buying, museums ought to focus more of their security on their most valuable pieces.

The argument depends on assuming which one of the following?

(A) Art thieves steal both valuable and not-so valuable art.
(B) Art pieces that are not very valuable are not very much in demand by wealthy private collectors.
(C) Art thieves steal primarily from museums that are poorly secured.
(D) Most museums provide the same amount of security for valuable and not-so-valuable art.
(E) Wealthy private collectors sometimes sell their stolen art to other wealthy private collectors.

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A-->this cannot be an assumption , as it might be that thieves do not want to steal not so valuable art atall
B--> this is the correct answer

IF you negate B you get -->> Art pieces that are not so valuable ARE VERY MUCH IN DEMAND ....collectors
This completely breaks the argument as , if not so valuable art is also in high demand then giving more security to Valuable
art might not ( rather will not) reduce the number of thefts
C--> this is not a necessity , they may well steal from highly secured museaums
MOST museum provide the same amount of security for valuable and not-so-valuable art.

what if they do not provide the same level of security ? is it a must that they must have the same level of security for the above conclusion to hold ?
Will it not hold if they were already giving more security to more valuable art than they were to less valuable art ?? it certainly would still hold then

SO D IS WRONG

E-->Irrelevant
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12 May 2019, 08:45
Is it certain that D is the correct OA?
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16 May 2019, 03:14
I am rooting for B here.
Negating B breaks the argument.
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SpiritualYoda wrote:

Thanks for looping me in! The answer to this one is B...here's why:

Why it's B: The first two sentences are really just background context, so the whole argument is basically this sentence with one premise and one conclusion: Consequently, since thieves steal what their customers are most interested in buying, museums ought to focus more of their security on their most valuable pieces. And note: the premise and conclusion talk about different things! The premise is about "what customers are most interested in buying" and the conclusion is about "most valuable pieces." There's a wordplay gap there (a common Assumption setup: two different-but-related things passed off as being the same, so the assumption is that they're directly linked).

B deals directly with that gap - it shows that you wouldn't want to focus on the less valuable pieces because they're not the ones that people are the most interested in buying and so they won't be ones that thieves steal. And as others have mentioned, if you negate B it blows that gap apart: "Art pieces that are not very valuable ARE not very much in demand by wealthy private collectors." This shows that thieves want to steal these pieces so you'd better protect them - the opposite of the conclusion!!

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16 May 2019, 22:18
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SpiritualYoda wrote:

Thanks for looping me in! The answer to this one is B...here's why:

Why it's B: The first two sentences are really just background context, so the whole argument is basically this sentence with one premise and one conclusion: Consequently, since thieves steal what their customers are most interested in buying, museums ought to focus more of their security on their most valuable pieces. And note: the premise and conclusion talk about different things! The premise is about "what customers are most interested in buying" and the conclusion is about "most valuable pieces." There's a wordplay gap there (a common Assumption setup: two different-but-related things passed off as being the same, so the assumption is that they're directly linked).

B deals directly with that gap - it shows that you wouldn't want to focus on the less valuable pieces because they're not the ones that people are the most interested in buying and so they won't be ones that thieves steal. And as others have mentioned, if you negate B it blows that gap apart: "Art pieces that are not very valuable ARE not very much in demand by wealthy private collectors." This shows that thieves want to steal these pieces so you'd better protect them - the opposite of the conclusion!!

I chose B for exactly the same reasons that you mentioned, but the OA given here is D. That's why I wanted to confirm. (I should have been confident about my take on the answer )

Also, one more point pertaining to the stem is that the current security for the most valuable items (MVI) is ATMOST comparable (less than or equal to) to that of other items. That's why the conclusion states to increase the security of the MVI.
Option D should have considered "ATMOST" part and not equal. Right?
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17 May 2019, 08:58
IMO: D is correct.

a general conclusion of an argument: museums ought to provide different levels of security.

Negate Option D:Most museums do not provide the same amount of security for valuable and not-so-valuable art.....it implies museums already offer different levels of security; Hence, the conclusion falls apart.
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