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The Sumpton town council recently voted to pay a prominent artist to create an abstract sculpture for the town square. Critics of this decision protested that town residents tend to dislike most abstract art, and any art in the town square should reflect their tastes. But a town council spokesperson dismissed this criticism, pointing out that other public abstract sculptures that the same sculptor has installed in other cities have been extremely popular with those cities’ local residents.

The statements above most strongly suggest that the main point of disagreement between the critics and the spokesperson is whether

A. it would have been reasonable to consult town residents on the decision
B. most Sumpton residents will find the new sculpture to their taste
C. abstract sculptures by the same sculptor have truly been popular in other cities
D. a more traditional sculpture in the town square would be popular among local residents
E. public art that the residents of Sumpton would find desirable would probably be found desirable by the residents of other cities

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A. it would have been reasonable to consult town residents on the decision - nothing from the above statement suggests this
B. most Sumpton residents will find the new sculpture to their taste - yes this is the main point
C. abstract sculptures by the same sculptor have truly been popular in other cities - irrelevant
D. a more traditional sculpture in the town square would be popular among local residents - irrelevant
E. public art that the residents of Sumpton would find desirable would probably be found desirable by the residents of other cities - irrelevant.

Trap answer is A because it sounds good to the ear.

B is correct.
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"town residents tend to dislike most abstract art, and any art in the town square should reflect their tastes" is a main point of the argument.
B gives the answer.
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The Sumpton town council recently voted to pay a prominent artist to create an abstract sculpture for the town square. Critics of this decision protested that town residents tend to dislike most abstract art, and any art in the town square should reflect their tastes. But a town council spokesperson dismissed this criticism, pointing out that other public abstract sculptures that the same sculptor has installed in other cities have been extremely popular with those cities’ local residents.

The statements above most strongly suggest that the main point of disagreement between the critics and the spokesperson is whether

A. it would have been reasonable to consult town residents on the decision
B. most Sumpton residents will find the new sculpture to their taste - correct - The spokeperson and critic debate popularity of abstract art among local residents with popularity of art among residents of other cities.
C. abstract sculptures by the same sculptor have truly been popular in other cities
D. a more traditional sculpture in the town square would be popular among local residents
E. public art that the residents of Sumpton would find desirable would probably be found desirable by the residents of other cities
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I was surprised to see the Qs is a 700 level question. Made me doubt my choice but ultimately chose the correct answer. :D
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For me the trap answer was D. But ultimately it was clear that it was B as classical art is never mentioned and it was just an assumption of my brain :D
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Hii Expert I got it wrong...so what is the Thought Process I need to have to answer such Questions please....
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The passage presents two arguments, that of the critics and that of the town council spokesperson, so start by analyzing the structure of those two arguments. The critics note that town residents tend to dislike most abstract art and that any art in the town square should be something that town residents like. Thus, the conclusion of the critics is that the town council should not pay an artist to create an abstract sculpture for the town square.

The spokesperson, on the other hand, notes that public abstract sculptures installed by the same artist in other cities have been very popular with the local residents of those cities. The spokesperson infers, based on that evidence, that the abstract sculpture installed in Sumpton will be popular with Sumpton residents; thus, the spokesperson concludes that the town council should pay the artist to create an abstract sculpture for the town square.

Does either party think that the town should install a piece of art that Sumpton residents don't like? No--both agree that any art in the town square should be something that town residents like. Critics believe the town residents will NOT like the abstract sculpture (based on the evidence that town residents tend to dislike most abstract art); the spokesperson, however, believes the town residents WILL like the abstract sculpture (based on the evidence that public abstract sculptures by the same artist have been popular in other cities). Choice B accurately describes this point of disagreement.
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thanks for another og cr question that bamboozled me... i think cr is all albout practice practice and only practice.... thanks again
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B is correct - As explained above, the critics raise points implicitly suggesting that the residents will dislike the sculpture, whereas the spokesperson responds with a point implicitly supporting the opposite conclusion.
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The Sumpton town council recently voted to pay a prominent artist to create an abstract sculpture for the town square. Critics of this decision protested that town residents tend to dislike most abstract art, and any art in the town square should reflect their tastes. But a town council spokesperson dismissed this criticism, pointing out that other public abstract sculptures that the same sculptor has installed in other cities have been extremely popular with those cities’ local residents.

The statements above most strongly suggest that the main point of disagreement between the critics and the spokesperson is whether

A. it would have been reasonable to consult town residents on the decision
B. most Sumpton residents will find the new sculpture to their taste
C. abstract sculptures by the same sculptor have truly been popular in other cities
D. a more traditional sculpture in the town square would be popular among local residents
E. public art that the residents of Sumpton would find desirable would probably be found desirable by the residents of other cities

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The answer is B

The reasoning is that the art by the famous artist is famous in other cities so his sculpture is going to be famous in Sumpton town .
So this is the point of contention


D is a trap that too a beautiful trap but reject it altogether as the argument is not taking art it is talking about the sculpture that is going to be created in Sumpton town

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A quick point on why not D (D being the trap answer):

Option D says "a more traditional sculpture in the town square would be popular among local residents". The passage keeps talking about whether or not the people will like "abstract" sculpture basis similar work liked in some other city.

To catch the trap, notice that Option D plays on our mind, which would easily believe that something which is not abstract is traditional! However, that may not be true... If the two sides are debating on whether abstract will be liked or not, it is not equal to debating on whether traditional will be liked. Non-abstract is not equal to Traditional.
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how i broke this down is:

1) critics say that town residents dont like that kind of art, so they should not hire someone to do it
2) spokesperson says this artist has done work for other towns and his works of art have been very popular among local residents

idea here is both parties are talking about local residents' tastes. 1) says you need to sculpt art according to tastes, 2) says build the sculpture and the people will like the taste. Kind of like:
1) taste --> sculpture
2) sculpture --> taste
regardless of structure, we're mainly concerned w/ Sumpton residents tastes & whether they'll like the sculpture

A- nowhere here is there any mention of consulting with residents. Out.
B- correct. both are trying to see what the tastes of the residents will be.
C- residents from other cities not our primary concern. Out.
D- passage says abstract may not work but never mentions traditional will be any better. Out.
E- we cannot assume the tastes of people in Sumpton are in any way related to the tastes of people in other cities. Out.
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The Sumpton town council recently voted to pay a prominent artist to create an abstract sculpture for the town square. Critics of this decision protested that town residents tend to dislike most abstract art, and any art in the town square should reflect their tastes. But a town council spokesperson dismissed this criticism, pointing out that other public abstract sculptures that the same sculptor has installed in other cities have been extremely popular with those cities’ local residents.

Boil it down - even though most residents of Sumpton dislike most abstract art, in this case, they will like because sculptures made by the same artists in other cities have been extremely popular in those cities
The statements above most strongly suggest that the main point of disagreement between the critics and the spokesperson is whether

A. it would have been reasonable to consult town residents on the decision - Incorrect
B. most Sumpton residents will find the new sculpture to their taste - Correct
C. abstract sculptures by the same sculptor have truly been popular in other cities - Incorrect - there is no disagreement on this
D. a more traditional sculpture in the town square would be popular among local residents - Incorrect - the parties don't disagree on this
E. public art that the residents of Sumpton would find desirable would probably be found desirable by the residents of other cities - ISWAT - this is essentially the opposite

Answer B
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