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Curator: If our museum lends Venus to the Hart Institute for their show this spring, they will lend us their Rembrandt etchings for our print exhibition next fall. Having those etchings will increase attendance to the exhibition and hence increase revenue from our general admission fee.

Museum Administrator: But Venus is our biggest attraction. Moreover the Hart's show will run for twice as long as our exhibition. So on balance the number of patrons may decrease.
The point of the administrator's response to the curator is to question

(A) whether getting the Rembrandt etchings from the Hart Institute is likely to increase attendance at the print exhibition
(B) whether the Hart Institute's Rembrandt etchings will be appreciated by those patrons of the curator's museum for whom the museum's biggest attraction is Venus
(C) whether the number of patrons attracted by the Hart Institute's Rembrandt etchings will be larger than the number of patrons who do not come in the spring because Venus is on loan
(D) whether, if Venus is lent, the museum's revenue from general admission fees during the print exhibition will exceed its revenue from general admission fees during the Hart Institute's exhibition
(E) whether the Hart Institute or the curator's museum will have the greater financial gain from the proposed exchange of artworks
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Situation - Curator and a museum administrator debate whether lending a particular artwork to the Hart Institute in exchange for a loan of some of the Hart Institute's artworks would increase or decrease attendance and revenue at the museum.

Reasoning: Which of the curator's explicit or implicit claims is the museum administrator questioning? The administrator's statements that Venus is the museum's biggest attraction and that the Hart Institute's show will run twice as long as the museum's exhibition do not directly conflict with any statement or assumption made by the curator. However, the administrator's conclusion is that on balance the number of patrons at the museum
may decrease if the curator's proposal is followed. This conclusion calls into question the curator's claim that the proposal will increase revenue from the general admission fee since that claim presupposes that on balance the proposal will
increase the number of visitors to the museum. (The context suggests that the administrator is using the term patrons to mean visitors rather than donors.)

'C' is the correct answer choice - The curator implicitly infers that the former number will be larger than the latter, whereas the administrator questions this by asserting that the latter number may be larger than the former.

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Hi AnubhavK ,

I could see you posted the question at 15:48 and the OE at 15:52.

Kindly donot post the OE like this. This will prevent open discussions for such questions.

I have just updated your post now.
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Curator: If our museum lends Venus to the Hart Institute for their show this spring, they will lend us their Rembrandt etchings for our print exhibition next fall. Having those etchings will increase attendance to the exhibition and hence increase revenue from our general admission fee.

Museum Administrator: But Venus is our biggest attraction. Moreover the Hart's show will run for twice as long as our exhibition. So on balance the number of patrons may decrease.
The point of the administrator's response to the curator is to question

(A) whether getting the Rembrandt etchings from the Hart Institute is likely to increase attendance at the print exhibition
(B) whether the Hart Institute's Rembrandt etchings will be appreciated by those patrons of the curator's museum for whom the museum's biggest attraction is Venus
(C) whether the number of patrons attracted by the Hart Institute's Rembrandt etchings will be larger than the number of patrons who do not come in the spring because Venus is on loan
(D) whether, if Venus is lent, the museum's revenue from general admission fees during the print exhibition will exceed its revenue from general admission fees during the Hart Institute's exhibition
(E) whether the Hart Institute or the curator's museum will have the greater financial gain from the proposed exchange of artworks


I choose C.

Since the administrator's conclusion is all about the number of attendees, so we only focus on evaluation of the number of attendees.

A. If yes, maybe the increase is not as high as the decrease from the customers who decide not to come on spring. -> Not clear.
B. Out of scope.
C. YES, clearly discuss the number of increase VS the number of decreases. Clearly talk about BALANCE.
D. No point to compare museum's revenue and Hart Institute's revenue.
E. We don't care about Hart Institute or the curator's museum.
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Curator: If our museum lends Venus to the Hart Institute for their show this spring, they will lend us their Rembrandt etchings for our print exhibition next fall. Having those etchings will increase attendance to the exhibition and hence increase revenue from our general admission fee.

Museum Administrator: But Venus is our biggest attraction. Moreover the Hart's show will run for twice as long as our exhibition. So on balance the number of patrons may decrease.
The point of the administrator's response to the curator is to question

(A) whether getting the Rembrandt etchings from the Hart Institute is likely to increase attendance at the print exhibition -Administrator is comparing the attendance of both the events and reaching at a conclusion. This option talks about only one half.
(B) whether the Hart Institute's Rembrandt etchings will be appreciated by those patrons of the curator's museum for whom the museum's biggest attraction is Venus -We are not worried about the appreciation.
(C) whether the number of patrons attracted by the Hart Institute's Rembrandt etchings will be larger than the number of patrons who do not come in the spring because Venus is on loan -Correct. If the people at the show to be held in next spring are less than the people who do not turn out because of the absence of Venus, then overall there will be a loss for the company. The Administrator is referring to this very point while arguing against the Curator.
(D) whether, if Venus is lent, the museum's revenue from general admission fees during the print exhibition will exceed its revenue from general admission fees during the Hart Institute's exhibition -Administrator is worried about the attendance of people that in turn will generate revenue.
(E) whether the Hart Institute or the curator's museum will have the greater financial gain from the proposed exchange of artworks -We are not worried about the Hart institution.
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