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Hi Guys! The following CR says OA is E but I don't understand why E weakens the conclusion. Tks in advance for your help.

It is widely assumed that a museum is helped financially when a generous patron donates a potential exhibit. In truth, however, donated objects require storage space, which is not free, and routine conservation, which is rather expensive. Therefore, such gifts exacerbate rather than lighten the demands made on a museum’s financial resources.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument above?
(A) To keep patrons well disposed, a museum will find it advisable to put at least some donated objects on exhibit rather than merely in storage.
(B) The people who are most likely to donate valuable objects to a museum are also the people who are most likely to make cash gifts to it.
(C) A museum cannot save money by resorting to cheap storage under less than adequate conditions, because so doing would drive up the cost of conservation.
(D) Patrons expect a museum to keep donated objects in its possession rather than to raise cash by selling them.
(E) Objects donated by a patron to a museum are often of such importance that the museum would be obliged to add them to its collection through purchase if necessary.
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20 Aug 2008, 12:02
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Hi Guys! The following CR says OA is E but I don't understand why E weakens the conclusion. Tks in advance for your help.

It is widely assumed that a museum is helped financially when a generous patron donates a potential exhibit. In truth, however, donated objects require storage space, which is not free, and routine conservation, which is rather expensive. Therefore, such gifts exacerbate rather than lighten the demands made on a museum’s financial resources.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument above?

(A) To keep patrons well disposed, a museum will find it advisable to put at least some donated objects on exhibit rather than merely in storage.
(B) The people who are most likely to donate valuable objects to a museum are also the people who are most likely to make cash gifts to it.
(C) A museum cannot save money by resorting to cheap storage under less than adequate conditions, because so doing would drive up the cost of conservation.
(D) Patrons expect a museum to keep donated objects in its possession rather than to raise cash by selling them.
(E) Objects donated by a patron to a museum are often of such importance that the museum would be obliged to add them to its collection through purchase if necessary.

Correct.

If Museum must buy the potential exhibit, those costs that the passage talks about must also be born by the Museums. If that is the case, Museum is tgetting the exhibit for free. Therefore, such gifts do not exacerbate rather than lighten the demands made on a museum’s financial resources thereby saving the cost of that exhibit.
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20 Aug 2008, 12:11
E weakens the conclusion, because the museum wants to purchase these items anyhow. So, they do not need to spend additional money to purchase these items. The museum gets them for free.
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20 Aug 2008, 12:22
lordw wrote:
Hi Guys! The following CR says OA is E but I don't understand why E weakens the conclusion. Tks in advance for your help.

It is widely assumed that a museum is helped financially when a generous patron donates a potential exhibit. In truth, however, donated objects require storage space, which is not free, and routine conservation, which is rather expensive. Therefore, such gifts exacerbate rather than lighten the demands made on a museum’s financial resources.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument above?
(A) To keep patrons well disposed, a museum will find it advisable to put at least some donated objects on exhibit rather than merely in storage.
(B) The people who are most likely to donate valuable objects to a museum are also the people who are most likely to make cash gifts to it.
(C) A museum cannot save money by resorting to cheap storage under less than adequate conditions, because so doing would drive up the cost of conservation.
(D) Patrons expect a museum to keep donated objects in its possession rather than to raise cash by selling them.
(E) Objects donated by a patron to a museum are often of such importance that the museum would be obliged to add them to its collection through purchase if necessary.

I agree with GMAT TIGER and zoltan.
This question (If the answer is not known beforehand) can be answered by POE.
The reason why E weakens is that- the objects donated are of such importance that, whatsoever, the museum will buy the object (even if they have to pay). If the object is donated by the patron, the musuem will get it at no cost. Wheather the object is donated or bought, financial resource taken up due to the storage space or routine consevation is not going to change. By getting the object for free, the museum is saving the money by not paying the seller.
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21 Aug 2008, 11:03
Correct.

The argument states that the museum ends up expending by accepting donations.

The answer option that weakens the above argument states that even if the donations are always so valuable, that it would not only have to expend for its maintanance, but would also have to pay for buying it. That way, the museum would have ended up paying far more than accepting the donations.
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