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# Some critics claim that it is unfair that so many great

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11. Some critics claim that it is unfair that so many great works of art are housed in huge metropolitan museums, since the populations served by these museums already have access to a wide variety of important artwork. But this criticism is in principle unwarranted because the limited number of masterpieces makes wider distribution of them impractical. Besides, if a masterpiece is to be fully appreciated, it must be seen alongside other works that provide a social and historical context for it.

Which one of the following, if established, could most logically serve as the principle appealed to in the argument countering the criticsâ€™ claim?

(A) In providing facilities to the public, the goal should be to ensure that as many as possible of those people who could benefit from the facilities are able to do so.
(B) In providing facilities to the public, the goal should be to ensure that the greatest possible number of people gain the greatest benefit possible from them.
(C) It is unreasonable to enforce a redistribution of social goods that involves depriving some members of society of these goods in order to supply others.
(D) For it to be reasonable to criticize an arrangement as unfair, there must be a more equitable arrangement that is practically attainable.
(E) A work of art should be displayed in conditions resembling as closely as possible those in which the work was originally intended to be displayed.

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06 Jun 2005, 20:14
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06 Jun 2005, 20:16
(E) A work of art should be displayed in conditions resembling as closely as possible those in which the work was originally intended to be displayed.

I'll go with E. E simply emphasize the last point of the counter-arugment "if a masterpiece is to be fully appreciated, it must be seen alongside other works that provide a social and historical context for it.
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06 Jun 2005, 22:01
E is just "besides the point"

I will choose A

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07 Jun 2005, 00:37
Hmmm...very hard one!
but think i'll pick D

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07 Jun 2005, 17:29
The OA is D.

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07 Jun 2005, 18:12
cloudz9 wrote:
Hmmm...very hard one!
but think i'll pick D

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07 Jun 2005, 18:30
I think I got it now. The principel in question here is given in the passage as "criticism in principle is unwarranted because the limited number of masterpieces makes wider distribution of them impractical". For this to hold, we must know that it is only reasonable to criticize an arragement as unfair only if another more equitable arrangement is practically attainable. This is given in D.

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