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# It is widely assumed that a museum is helped finan- cially

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19. It is widely assumed that a museum is helped finan-
cially when a generous patron donates a potential
exhibit. In truth, however, donated objects require
storage space, which is not free, and routine conser-
vation, 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 valu-
able 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 con-
ditions, 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 collec-
tion through purchase if necessary.
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08 Apr 2004, 11:02
between B and E... but E looks strong..
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08 Apr 2004, 11:41
E. It shows that the museums would HAVE to buy the paintings if they were not donated. Presumably this would cost a lot more than storing free paintings.
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08 Apr 2004, 12:12
B for me...........In case of E, if museum HAS to purcahse the artwork, it has to shell out money and hence it is still a burden, the least being financial help.........
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08 Apr 2004, 13:44
E here.

B is wrong because we don't know how sufficient the cash gifts are.
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08 Apr 2004, 14:04
B for sure. E was pretty well proved wrong but also does not give any indication as to how it will bring the museum any money.
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08 Apr 2004, 16:50
So what does B say?
The people who donate money to the museums will do so only if the museum accepts the valuable objects they donate?
I believe donation is unconditional

Even if they donate money will they donate money in such an amount as to compensate for the cost of maintenance of the donated objects?
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08 Apr 2004, 18:42
B does NOT say that the people who donate money will do so ONLY IF the museum accepts their valuable objects. The issue is not about whether money donation is conditional or not. B only says that the people who donate valuable objects are the MOST LIKELY to make money donation. Now, we do not need to prove that the money donations of those donators completely cover for the storage costs. All we need to do to weaken the argument is to prove that such donations will lighten rather than exacerbate the demands made on a museum's financial resources. B may not completely cover for the storage costs but it will at least lighten the museum's financial strain.

E on the other hand says that those artworks are so important that, if not donated, it would force the museum to pay for them. Primo, let's say those artworks are NOT donated, the museum would then have to pay for them and this would exacerbate their financial strain. Secundo, let's say those artworks ARE donated; then there is no indication as to how this would in part lighten the museum's financial strain. If the first scenario is true, it would STRENGHTEN the argument. If the second scenario, it would not in the least weaken the argument. What do you think Anandnk?
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08 Apr 2004, 19:08
I believe people who donate art objects will give cash gifts anyway. The author is saying the artifacts are a burden more than they are useful. This is the central point of the argument. To refute this we have to show that artifacts are infact necessary with or without donation or the maintanance is bearable.
I believe E says that the artifacts are necessary. IF not donated the museum would buy them anyway and thus incuring maintenance costs. By donating them the burden is reduced.

Let us wait for Mr Batliwala's verdict
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08 Apr 2004, 20:10
anandnk wrote:
I believe people who donate art objects will give cash gifts anyway. The author is saying the artifacts are a burden more than they are useful. This is the central point of the argument. To refute this we have to show that artifacts are infact necessary with or without donation or the maintanance is bearable.
I believe E says that the artifacts are necessary. IF not donated the museum would buy them anyway and thus incuring maintenance costs. By donating them the burden is reduced.

Let us wait for Mr Batliwala's verdict

I read and re-read your argument and I believe you are right. I see your point and indeed, E proves that those objects are not burden but are necessary to the museum and that weakens the argument. Always good learning from an old buddy
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08 Apr 2004, 20:21
Hi Paul,

The feeling is mutual. Let us wait for the answer.

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08 Apr 2004, 20:24
good discussion guys , ans is E.
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