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# It is widely assumed that a museum is helped financially

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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 museumâ€™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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05 Dec 2006, 11:05
B seems to ok....
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05 Dec 2006, 11:38
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05 Dec 2006, 14:26
E seems the best in the lot.
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05 Dec 2006, 14:49
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. therefore, eitherway museum has to spend money on storage and display. However, if it receives the artifact as a donation, then it saves the purchase price which can run into millions.

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05 Dec 2006, 14:57
I would go with E also. If patrons did not donate, then museums would have to buy the artifact leading to costs.
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07 Dec 2006, 02:46
Swagatalakshmi wrote:
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. therefore, eitherway museum has to spend money on storage and display. However, if it receives the artifact as a donation, then it saves the purchase price which can run into millions.

(E)
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Thanks for the nice explanation. OA is E.
07 Dec 2006, 02:46
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