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In the paintings by seventeenth-century Dutch artist Vermeer, we find several recurrent items: a satin jacket, a certain Turkish carpet, and wooden chairs with lion’s head finials. These reappearing objects might seem to evince a dearth of props. Yet we know that many of the props Vermeer used were expensive. Thus, while we might speculate about exactly why Vermeer worked with a small number of familiar objects, it was clearly not for lack of props that the recurrent items were used.

The conclusion follows logically if which one of the following is assumed?

(A) Vermeer often borrowed the expensive props he represented in his paintings.
(B) The props that recur in Vermeer’s paintings were always available to him.
(C) The satin jacket and wooden chairs that recur in the paintings were owned by Vermeer’s sister.
(D) The several recurrent items that appeared in Vermeer’s paintings had special sentimental importance for him.
(E) If a dearth of props accounted for the recurrent objects in Vermeer’s paintings, we would not see expensive props in any of them.

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In the paintings by seventeenth-century Dutch artist Vermeer, we find several recurrent items: a satin jacket, a certain Turkish carpet, and wooden chairs with lion’s head finials. These reappearing objects might seem to evince a dearth of props. Yet we know that many of the props Vermeer used were expensive. Thus, while we might speculate about exactly why Vermeer worked with a small number of familiar objects, it was clearly not for lack of props that the recurrent items were used.

The conclusion follows logically if which one of the following is assumed?

(A) Vermeer often borrowed the expensive props he represented in his paintings.
(B) The props that recur in Vermeer’s paintings were always available to him.
(C) The satin jacket and wooden chairs that recur in the paintings were owned by Vermeer’s sister.
(D) The several recurrent items that appeared in Vermeer’s paintings had special sentimental importance for him.
(E) If a dearth of props accounted for the recurrent objects in Vermeer’s paintings, we would not see expensive props in any of them.


IMO E.

Observation: A dearth of props in the paintings.
Premise: Props used were expensive.
Conclusion: The dearth was not because of lack of props.

Logical gap: If there is lack of props then all the props should be not expensive.

Only option E fills this logical gap and hence should be the correct answer.
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E for me too!! But I came to this choice through poe.

Could anyone explain the meaning of the option?

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IMO E

prethink: author states that props were expensive and hence props does not reprsent dearth of prop .Author assumes that if Vermeer used expensive props, he had money to buy other props.

E) If a dearth of props accounted for the recurrent objects in Vermeer’s paintings, we would not see expensive props in any of them.
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