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Artistic success as an actor is directly dependent on how well an actor has developed his craft. This has been demonstrated by the discovery of a positive relationship between the number of classes taken by an actor and the number of professional production in which that actor has appeared in the past two years.

Each of the following, if true, casts doubt on the author’s argument about artistic success for actors EXCEPT:

(A) The figures for the number of classes taken were based solely on the information provided by actors.
(B) Success as an actor cannot necessarily be judged exclusively by recent credits.
(C) For most successful actors, it is not the quantity but the quality of their classes that helped to develop their craft.
(D) There is no relationship between the number of professional productions in which an actor has appeared and true artistic success.
(E) Most successful actors have taken only a small number of intensive classes
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Artistic success is directly proportional to : 1) N(classes) 2) N(professional production in past 2 years)

We have to look for an option which does not weaken the above relationship.

(A) The figures for the number of classes taken were based solely on the information provided by actors. - Correct - This does not weaken the argument.
(B) Success as an actor cannot necessarily be judged exclusively by recent credits. - Incorrect - Success is dependent on 2 years of credits. So this option weakens the argument.
(C) For most successful actors, it is not the quantity but the quality of their classes that helped to develop their craft. - Incorrect - Argument states that success is based on quantity. So this option is a weakener.
(D) There is no relationship between the number of professional productions in which an actor has appeared and true artistic success. - Incorrect - This is also a weakener.
(E) Most successful actors have taken only a small number of intensive classes - Incorrect - Clear weakener.

Answer: A
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Artistic success as an actor is directly dependent on how well an actor has developed his craft. This has been demonstrated by the discovery of a positive relationship between the number of classes taken by an actor and the number of professional production in which that actor has appeared in the past two years.

The correct answer choice shall either strengthen or not affect the argument. Considering this, evaluate the answer choices:

(A) The figures for the number of classes taken were based solely on the information provided by actors. -- Partially support the argument.
(B) Success as an actor cannot necessarily be judged exclusively by recent credits. -- Weaken the argument
(C) For most successful actors, it is not the quantity but the quality of their classes that helped to develop their craft. - Creates doubt. So, weaken.
(D) There is no relationship between the number of professional productions in which an actor has appeared and true artistic success. -- Again points out that how to connect no. of prof. edu with artistic success
(E) Most successful actors have taken only a small number of intensive classes-- talks about inverse relation, whereas argument says positive relationship.
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Find the statement against the theory
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Artistic success as an actor is directly dependent on how well an actor has developed his craft. This has been demonstrated by the discovery of a positive relationship between the number of classes taken by an actor and the number of professional production in which that actor has appeared in the past two years.

Each of the following, if true, casts doubt on the author’s argument about artistic success for actors EXCEPT:

(A) The figures for the number of classes taken were based solely on the information provided by actors.
(B) Success as an actor cannot necessarily be judged exclusively by recent credits.
(C) For most successful actors, it is not the quantity but the quality of their classes that helped to develop their craft.
(D) There is no relationship between the number of professional productions in which an actor has appeared and true artistic success.
(E) Most successful actors have taken only a small number of intensive classes



Choice D talks about true artisitic success whereas the argument talks about artistic success. There is no relation mentioned in the argument between artistic and true artistic success .
How is D in this case a weakner?
A on the other hand talks about the validity of the data collected in the study. so this is a weakner for me.

Please help me understand where i am going wrong in this question. :roll:
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Artistic success as an actor is directly dependent on how well an actor has developed his craft. This has been demonstrated by the discovery of a positive relationship between the number of classes taken by an actor and the number of professional production in which that actor has appeared in the past two years.

Each of the following, if true, casts doubt on the author’s argument about artistic success for actors EXCEPT:

(A) The figures for the number of classes taken were based solely on the information provided by actors.
(B) Success as an actor cannot necessarily be judged exclusively by recent credits.
(C) For most successful actors, it is not the quantity but the quality of their classes that helped to develop their craft.
(D) There is no relationship between the number of professional productions in which an actor has appeared and true artistic success.
(E) Most successful actors have taken only a small number of intensive classes



Choice D talks about true artisitic success whereas the argument talks about artistic success. There is no relation mentioned in the argument between artistic and true artistic success .
How is D in this case a weakner?
A on the other hand talks about the validity of the data collected in the study. so this is a weakner for me.

Please help me understand where i am going wrong in this question. :roll:


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Why do you think A is a weakener? A states "The figures for the number of classes taken were based solely on the information provided by actors." At the most, the statement may suggest that the study was biased. But does this affect the argument? Can you state that Artistic success is not based on a positive relationship between the number of classes taken by an actor and the number of professional production....... based on option A? IMO option A does not affect the argument in any way.

On the other hand, option D states "There is no relationship between the number of professional productions in which an actor has appeared and true artistic success." Argument clearly states there is a positive relationship to the number of professional productions. Option D is a clear weakener here.
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Can u elaborate on B please ..
I felt A does cast a doubt on the validity of the actor's statement ..
But then so could B.
What if his recent success was more of chance factor
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Premise: Increase number of classes, then increase chance of success

Conclusion: Well developed craft causes success

Assumption: Increase the number of classes then well developed craft.

To weaken you either weaken the conclusion or the assumption.

A. Just says that figures provided may or may not be true. You can't weaken the conclusion based on 'may or may not be true'.
B. Undermines the conclusion.
C. Undermines the assumption
D.Undermines the assumption
E. Undermines the assumption
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Artistic success as an actor is directly dependent on how well an actor has developed his craft. This has been demonstrated by the discovery of a positive relationship between the number of classes taken by an actor and the number of professional production in which that actor has appeared in the past two years.

Each of the following, if true, casts doubt on the author’s argument about artistic success for actors EXCEPT:

(A) The figures for the number of classes taken were based solely on the information provided by actors.
(B) Success as an actor cannot necessarily be judged exclusively by recent credits.
(C) For most successful actors, it is not the quantity but the quality of their classes that helped to develop their craft.
(D) There is no relationship between the number of professional productions in which an actor has appeared and true artistic success.
(E) Most successful actors have taken only a small number of intensive classes


Need expert help here plz. I understand on what grounds is A said to be the correct answer. But i have doubts in that.

Below, i have reworded the given passage. To start with, please comment if the below version is logically same and conveys the same idea as the original one does. (If no why? If yes read on)

It has been discovered that more the number of classes taken by an actor, more is the number of professional production in which that actor has appeared in the past two years. Clearly, artistic success as an actor is directly dependent on how well an actor has developed his craft.

Here, the conclusion is based on the data provided (number of classes). If we can somehow prove that the data on which the conclusion relies, is itself unreliable, the argument will fall apart.

Now, is below a weakener?
(A) The figures for the number of classes taken were based solely on the information provided by actors.

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Can someone tell what is wrong with C? The conclusion says artistic success depends on how well the actor has developed his/her craft.. C only talks about quality of the classes but does not per se weaken the conclusion by saying anything against the link between artistic success and craft developed..

Edit: got my mistake..
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this question is important b/c this question gives 4 important patterns in a weaken question.
Using POE, A is the answer even though I still doubt that A is correct. It is because in A, the sample seems to be flawed in the first place. Nevertheless, A still needs one or two more assumptions to be a weakener.
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