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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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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.

Type- assumption
Boil it down- it was clearly not for lack of props that the recurrent items were used.
Pre-thinking- if Vermeer used expensive props, then he did not have a lack of props

(A) Vermeer often borrowed the expensive props he represented in his paintings.- incorrect- does not bridge the gap
(B) The props that recur in Vermeer’s paintings were always available to him. - incorrect - the argument works even if recurrent items were available most of the time
(C) The satin jacket and wooden chairs that recur in the paintings were owned by Vermeer’s sister.- irrelevant
(D) The several recurrent items that appeared in Vermeer’s paintings had special sentimental importance for him. - irrelevant
(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.- correct

An explanation of option E- Let us assume that Costs of recurrent items were - satin jacket(5000\$), certain Turkish carpet(5000\$) and wooden chairs with lion’s head finials(1000\$)
Vermeer spent upwards of 10,000\$ for the props used.
So, it seems although he could have bought a number of cheaper props, he bought ONLY a few expensive ones to portray his views/thoughts.

Answer E
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25 Jan 2019, 23:10
Gladiator59 wrote:
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.

Conclusion been-> It was not for lack of props that the recurrent items were used

I felt, B C and D were giving the reasons for this ->
while we might speculate about exactly why Vermeer worked with a small number of familiar objects,
(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.

My bottom 2 were A and E.

(A) Vermeer often borrowed the expensive props he represented in his paintings.
Again doesn't this answer the speculation ??

(E) If a dearth of props accounted for the recurrent objects in Vermeer’s paintings, we would not see expensive props in any some of them.
Now ideally if we negate this, It will say that even though props were not abundant, he still was getting(buying ) them from somewhere.

Am i correct in my reasoning??

Hi Yash312, Can you please share your thoughts on above.
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Gladiator59 wrote:
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.

Conclusion been-> It was not for lack of props that the recurrent items were used

I felt, B C and D were giving the reasons for this ->
while we might speculate about exactly why Vermeer worked with a small number of familiar objects,
(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.

My bottom 2 were A and E.

(A) Vermeer often borrowed the expensive props he represented in his paintings.
Again doesn't this answer the speculation ??

(E) If a dearth of props accounted for the recurrent objects in Vermeer’s paintings, we would not see expensive props in any some of them.
Now ideally if we negate this, It will say that even though props were not abundant, he still was getting(buying ) them from somewhere.

Am i correct in my reasoning??

Hi Yash312, Can you please share your thoughts on above.

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well your reasoning is correct
but your negation seems to be MOST STRONG Negation , instead of LEAST NEGATION

Negated version of E: If a dearth of props accounted for the recurrent objects in Vermeer’s paintings, we would see some expensive props

remember we have to perform Least negation and not Most negation
negation of not----some not or Some yes
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KanishkM wrote:
Gladiator59 wrote:
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.

Conclusion been-> It was not for lack of props that the recurrent items were used

I felt, B C and D were giving the reasons for this ->
while we might speculate about exactly why Vermeer worked with a small number of familiar objects,
(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.

My bottom 2 were A and E.

(A) Vermeer often borrowed the expensive props he represented in his paintings.
Again doesn't this answer the speculation ??

(E) If a dearth of props accounted for the recurrent objects in Vermeer’s paintings, we would not see expensive props in any some of them.
Now ideally if we negate this, It will say that even though props were not abundant, he still was getting(buying ) them from somewhere.

Am i correct in my reasoning??

Hi Yash312, Can you please share your thoughts on above.

Hi
KanishkM

well your reasoning is correct
but your negation seems to be MOST STRONG Negation , instead of LEAST NEGATION

Negated version of E: If a dearth of props accounted for the recurrent objects in Vermeer’s paintings, we would see some expensive props

remember we have to perform Least negation and not Most negation
negation of not----some not or Some yes

Hi Yash312

Thank you so much for providing your invaluable insight.

You are absolutely correct at the your point .

The way how you negated the sentence, makes lot of sense.

Major Takeaway:
I should not 100 % negate the sentence, If even weak negation helps, I should be good.
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