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# The Mona Lisa, arguably the world's most famous painting, ma

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The Mona Lisa, arguably the world's most famous painting, may be a masterpiece, but it is neither flawless nor incomparable. The hands are badly matched, the background is dull, and other portraits from the same period evince equally enigmatic expressions. The undue focus on this painting, along with the popularity of a few other pieces, prevents most people not only from seeing the painting for what it really is, but also from understanding the true scope of 15th and 16th century European painting.

Which of the following, if true, provides the strongest support for the argument's conclusion?

A. Most people do not believe that the Mona Lisa has any evident flaws..
B. The creator of the Mona Lisa, Leonardo DaVinci, did not regard the painting as his finest work.
C. It is possible for most people to understand the true scope of 15th and 16th century European painting.
D. Other European paintings of the 15th and 16th century were once better known than the Mona Lisa.
E. Most art scholars feel that The Last Supper is a superior painting to the Mona Lisa.

This question was discussed quite a long back(2006) on this forum but no convincing answer was finalized. I was stuck between A & C and finally selected A after Negation test.

Request inputs on this with reasoning to help understand better.
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15 Jul 2014, 03:30
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I feel that C could be a better answer.

Most is a dangerous word : it ranges from 51 to 99 at least. That say, what believe or not is not the problem, the problem is based on the argument the paint.... C says that people understand most part of the painting of that period and the argument underlines that this painting and few others do not permit to understand Mona Lisa but as ellipsis people catch the meaning of other paintings and of the whole period but not Mona Lisa that is quite blurry.

AS such, our conclusion is Mona Lisa is really a bad picture of the period. People understand (belive is different) most painting but not Mona Lisa : that confirms Mona Lisa is not a good picture and the problem is in it.

That's my opinion. Indeed, I do not think is a really good question.

Just to see the usage of most in two answers : gmat generally uses it in one answer choice to choose from
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12 Jul 2015, 17:24
Yeah even i feel C is better choice as it carries part of conclusion about "understanding European painting". Also negating this - Ppl cant understand European Painting.

Conclusion breaks badly. There is no point in the argument at all.
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28 Jul 2015, 01:52
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Yeah even i feel C is better choice as it carries part of conclusion about "understanding European painting". Also negating this - Ppl cant understand European Painting.

Conclusion breaks badly. There is no point in the argument at all.

I feel A is right. The conclusion is telling us that it is the "undue focus"on these paintings that is making ppl not understand the latter part.
now negating A,it become "All ppl believe that the picture is flawed".then these ppl wont focus on monalisa at all and hence the conclusion breaks.
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29 Jul 2015, 06:55
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The way I see the question:

Conclusion:
The focus -> prevents most people from seeing the truth + prevents most people from understanding scope

A. Most people do not believe that the Mona Lisa has any evident flaws.

The premise states that most people do not see the flaws (but there are flaws). Thus, the focus has blinded most people from the reality. This is in line with the conclusion. Choice A strengthens.

C. It is possible for most people to understand the true scope of 15th and 16th century European painting.

This premise implies maybe most people understand the scope. Author concludes most people do not understand the scope. This premise contradicts the conclusion.
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22 Sep 2015, 09:03
I feel that A is better suited here.
First line The Mona Lisa, arguably the world's most famous painting, may be a masterpiece, but it is neither flawless nor incomparable. is the conclusion or the argument. the word "but" is very nicely placed to emphasize the meaning of the sentence. Rest of the body is set of premises.
Consider the following set of arguments:
A( Common belief): Mumbai is the biggest city of India and has India's best buildings.
B(Argument): Yes, it may be the biggest city, but it does not have best buildings. In fact, some of the buildings are old, dull..etc

Coming to the original question, question body plays the role of statement B above. First line is conclusion/main point, rest is premise/facts.
Thus answer choice C becomes a classic trap which targets the premise and choice A targets the conclusion, thus +1 for A.

I think it might not be an ideal CR question, but a very good short write up to identify main point. useful for RC as well.

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17 May 2017, 04:49
Please experts help me explain A and C.
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09 Apr 2018, 12:19
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From Beat the GMAT:

So let's examine our CR: Strengthen strategy:

5 Steps to Get Every Strengthen Question Right

Step 1 - Identify the Question Stem

It’s not too difficult to know when you’re looking at a “Strengthen” question, but only if you remember to read the question stem BEFORE you look at the paragraph. KNOWING this is a Strengthen question will help focus your brain on what to look for as you read the argument.

Step 2 - Break Down the Argument

Before we examine the answer choices, let’s do our argument break-down. You can do it in whatever way makes sense to use, but most use a combination of words and symbols.

Conclusion: __________
Evidence: ____________
Assumption: ___________

Always WRITE DOWN your interpretation of the argument. Never try to organize the conclusion, evidence, and assumption in your head. You must THINK ON YOUR OWN, and USE YOUR SCRATCH PAD to gain high CR accuracy!

Step 3 - Predict an Answer

Always write down your own idea for how the argument can be strengthened. Some common ways:

• By removing an alternate explanation
• By showing a strong cause/effect link
• By showing the opposite is not true (i.e. if the argument claims “If X, then Y” it can be strengthened by showing “If NOT X, then NOT Y.”)
• By validating the accuracy of the data/survey/statistics

Write down your first big gut instinct, but be somewhat flexible as you examine the answer choices. An argument can be strengthened in unexpected ways.

Step 4 - Remove “Weakeners” or “Irrelevant” Choices

Step 5 - Choose the Highest Positive Impact

Let's apply our strategy to this question now!

Step 1 - "strongest support" obviously tells us this is a Strengthener

Step 2 -

1st C: ML not flawless/incomp
Evid for 1st C: bad hands, dull b/g, not unique exp.

Main C: Too much F + other pieces ---> prevents "seeing" + "understanding" scope

The conclusion here is one of cause/effect. X is preventing Y.

How can we support this? By removing alternate causes or strengthening that cause/effect link.

Step 3 -

Prediction: Nothing else preventing ppl from really "seeing" the ML or understanding true scope. Anything that continues to show ML popularity is HURTING ppl's capacity to appreciate 15th/16th cent.

Step 4 -

A -
B - irrelevant
C -
D -
E - irrelevant

Only A, C, and D pertain to the specifics of the argument.

Step 5 -

We're trying to STRENGTHEN a link between popularity and a lack of understanding.

A - potentially, since it is so famous ppl cannot see the flaws
C - this strengthens by showing the author's desire is attainable, but doesn't specifically tie a link between popularity and a lack of understanding
D - we don't know much about the popularity of The Last Supper in comparison to the Mona Lisa

(A) strengthens this argument the MOST. Why? Because, unlike (C), it ties in the FULL ARGUMENT. (A) links back to the first two sentences. If (C) is the correct answer, why did the author write the first two sentences? His conclusion claims people do not see the painting "for what it really is." The first two sentences describes it as full of flaws. If people do not believe the Mona Lisa is flawed, then the author's claim that popularity "blinds" people from seeing a painting's true worth is strengthened.

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