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# One of the effects of lead poisoning is an inflammation of the optic n

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One of the effects of lead poisoning is an inflammation of the optic nerve, which causes those who have it to see bright haloes around light sources. In order to produce the striking yellow effects in his “Sunflowers” paintings, Van Gogh used Naples yellow, a pigment containing lead. Since in his later paintings, Van Gogh painted bright haloes around the stars and sun, it is likely that he was suffering from lead poisoning caused by ingesting the pigments he used.

Which one of the following is an assumption on which the argument relies?

(A) In Van Gogh’s later paintings he painted some things as he saw them.

(B) Van Gogh continued to use paints containing lead after having painted the “Sunflowers” paintings.

(C) Van Gogh did not have symptoms of lead poisoning aside from seeing bright haloes around light sources.

(D) The paints Van Gogh used in the “Sunflowers” paintings had no toxic ingredients other than lead.

(E) The effects of Naples yellow could not have been achieved using other pigments.
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Interesting question!

Let's imagine, for a moment, that we are Van Gogh. Let's also imagine that we are afflicted with lead poisoning and, as a result, perceive haloes around light sources (as the argument asserts).
We look up at the sky at night and the stars have haloes around them.

In such an instance, we are assuming that we painted what we literally saw. And so the argument hinges on this fact - that Van Gogh painted what he perceived.

If Van Gogh did not have lead poisoning, and thus did not perceive any halos around the stars, then he consciously added haloes to the painting has an effect. Were this the case, the argument falls apart - Van Gogh didn't have lead poisoning, he simply decide to paint haloes.
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One of the effects of lead poisoning is an inflammation of the optic nerve, which causes those who have it to see bright haloes around light sources.
In order to produce the striking yellow effects in his "Sunflowers" paintings, Van Gogh used Naples yellow, a pigment containing lead. Since in his later
paintings, Van Gogh painted bright haloes around the stars and sun, it is likely that he was suffering from lead poisoning caused by ingesting the
pigments he used.
Which one of the following is an assumption on which the argument relies?
(A) In Van Gogh's later paintings he painted some things as he saw them.
(B) Van Gogh continued to use paints containing lead after having painted the "Sunflowers" paintings.
(C) Van Gogh did not have symptoms of lead poisoning aside from seeing bright haloes around light sources.
(D)The paints Van Gogh used in the "Sunflowers" paintings had no toxic ingredients other than lead.
(E) The effects of Naples yellow could not have been achieved using other pigments.

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A seems viable: In Van Gogh's later paintings he painted some things as he saw them.

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23 Nov 2014, 06:16
It was a toss up between A and B. I think every painter paints things that he/she sees... to some degree.

On the other hand, you can not get lead poisoning if you aren't in contact with lead. B

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One of the effects of lead poisoning is an inflammation of the optic nerve, which causes those who have it to see bright haloes around light sources. In order to produce the striking yellow effects in his "Sunflowers" paintings, Van Gogh used Naples yellow, a pigment containing lead. Since in his later paintings, Van Gogh painted bright haloes around the stars and sun, it is likely that he was suffering from lead poisoning caused by ingesting the pigments he used.

Which one of the following is an assumption on which the argument relies?

(A) In Van Gogh's later paintings he painted some things as he saw them - Correct. By negating it, we can say that He did not paint the things as he used to see them therefore he intentionally distorted them hence argument falls apart.
(B) Van Gogh continued to use paints containing lead after having painted the "Sunflowers" paintings - Irrelevant. As it doesn't affect the conclusion whether he continued using this paints after painting ''Sunflower's paintings''.
(C) Van Gogh did not have symptoms of lead poisoning aside from seeing bright haloes around light sources - We are not bothered about other side/ill-effects of LP.
(D) The paints Van Gogh used in the "Sunflowers" paintings had no toxic ingredients other than lead - We are not bothered about other toxic ingredients of paint.
(E) The effects of Naples yellow could not have been achieved using other pigments - OFS.

Correct me if i am wrong in my reasoning.

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02 Jan 2015, 11:04
A doesnt seem to bridge the gap per se but it definitely gives a positive nudge. Others options are clearly incorrect. Whats the source btw?
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