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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.

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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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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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New post 28 Jul 2015, 00:52
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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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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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New post 22 Sep 2015, 08:03
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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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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Please experts help me explain A and C.
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