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Those who feel that fewer and fewer people in this country have a genuine interest in the fine arts are absolutely correct. This is true despite the oft-mentioned record levels of attendance at art museums.

The argument above would be most strengthened if which of the following statements were true ?

A- The increase in the number of people who visit art museums more than once has been greater than the increase in the number of visits of these museums.

B- An interest in the fine arts cannot be determined by examining levels of museum attendance.

C- A substantial and relatively consistent portion of the visitors to this country's art museums are, and always have been, international tourists.

D- Sales of art books have declined sharply.

E- Art museums in this country now display a much wider range of exhibits than was once the case.
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Choice (A) must be the correct answer. This is the only choice which justifies the decline in genuine interest in the fine arts, hence strengthens the author's conclusion. If the increase in the number of people who visit art museums more than once has been greater than the increase in the number of visits of these museums -> then there must be fewer people attending museums now than before (despite the increase in number of visits).

Both (B) and (C) are incorrect, as they do not do much in supporting author's conclusion - "Fewer and fewer people in this country have genuine interest in the fine arts".
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Those who feel that fewer and fewer people in this country have a genuine interest in the fine arts are absolutely correct. This is true despite the oft-mentioned record levels of attendance at art museums.

The argument above would be most strengthened if which of the following statements were true ?

A- The increase in the number of people who visit art museums more than once has been greater than the increase in the number of visits of these museums.

B- An interest in the fine arts cannot be determined by examining levels of museum attendance.

C- A substantial and relatively consistent portion of the visitors to this country's art museums are, and always have been, international tourists.

D- Sales of art books have declined sharply.

E- Art museums in this country now display a much wider range of exhibits than was once the case.


What are you talking about ? Answer A weakens the argument.

The argument is that fewer people have genuine interest in arts and we must strengthen the argument.
If more people visit museums more than once , it means that people actually have interest in arts; HENCE, THE ARGUMENT IS WEAKENED....

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I see now that ans A is possible because if more people visit the same museum, it means that total attendance to other museums declines...but on the other hand it is possible to assume that if people visit a museum more than once, they are genuinely interested in the stuff and do not do it just for the sake of visiting museums..

My conclusion is that the question is not well structured



Suppose 20 people visit the museum in first month.
In second months same 20 people visited again and 5 new joined.
So, out of 25 people 20 people are same as last month and only new 5 folks.

Fewer people have interest.
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Those who feel that fewer and fewer people in this country have a genuine interest in the fine arts are absolutely correct. This is true despite the oft-mentioned record levels of attendance at art museums.

The argument above would be most strengthened if which of the following statements were true?


A. The increase in the number of people who visit art museums more than once has been greater than the increase in the number of visits to these museums.
B. An interest in the fine arts cannot be determined by examining levels of museum attendance.
C. A substantial and relatively consistent portion of the visitors to this country's art museums are, and always have been, international tourists.
D. Sales of art books have declined sharply.
E. Art museums in this country now display a much wider range of exhibits than was once the case.
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Those who feel that fewer and fewer people in this country have a genuine interest in the fine arts are absolutely correct. This is true despite the oft-mentioned record levels of attendance at art museums.

The argument above would be most strengthened if which of the following statements were true?


A. The increase in the number of people who visit art museums more than once has been greater than the increase in the number of visits to these museums.
B. An interest in the fine arts cannot be determined by examining levels of museum attendance.
C. A substantial and relatively consistent portion of the visitors to this country's art museums are, and always have been, international tourists.
D. Sales of art books have declined sharply.
E. Art museums in this country now display a much wider range of exhibits than was once the case.



Conclusion: Fewer and fewer people in this country have a genuine interest in the fine arts.

Evidence: The evidence—record levels of attendance at art museums—seems to contradict the conclusion. The task is to reconcile this apparent discrepancy.

If the increase in the number of repeat visitors has been greater than the increase in the number of visits, then fewer people are going to museums, despite the increase in visits. This supports the author's conclusion that fewer people are interested in the arts. Imagine 1,000 visits in a week for one museum, 10 of which are by people who show up twice during that week. That's 990 individual people who have gone to the museum. Then imagine that the next week there are 1,200 visits (an increase of 200 visits), and the number of repeaters that week is 220, (an increase of 210 repeaters). That represents only 980 individual people going to the museum.

If an interest in the arts cannot be determined by looking at museum attendance, then this would weaken the argument, (B). If tourist attendance is relatively consistent as a portion of total visitors, then this doesn't have any known impact on the argument, (C). Literature of any sort, (D) is out of scope, as is the range of exhibits (E), unless we were told that fine art was not being displayed.
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Please evaluate my reasoning:

could eliminate all options but A and C. To take a decision, I depended on the option that looked at strengthening the method of gathering the statistics - attendance. C was too out of scope and could be turned around by saying that subtantial could mean 51% in which case 49% is not a fewer stat.


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Those who feel that fewer and fewer people in this country have a genuine interest in the fine arts are absolutely correct. This is true despite the oft-mentioned record levels of attendance at art museums.

The argument above would be most strengthened if which of the following statements were true?


So, The stimulus talks about lower interest in fine arts in this country , ie People of this country , however option (C) states -

C. A substantial and relatively consistent portion of the visitors to this country's art museums are, and always have been, international tourists.

The stimulus talks about the People of this country , however option (C) talks about International visitors to the Country's art Museum , which does not strengthen the reasoning why the author claims reduced interest in fine arts..

So, IMHO (C) can hence be negated....
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Obvious C...

If the majority of museum visitors are and have always been international tourists, we cannot say people IN THE COUNTRY are more interested in arts, just because of the high rates of museum visitings..
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Straight C

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Whats the problem with b.can u explain b.i choose b
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the answer has to be C
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mun23 wrote: Whats the problem with b.can u explain b.i choose b


the problem with B is that it can fluctuate either ways .when u say that An interest in the fine arts cannot be determined by examining levels of museum attendance. that means that bigger attendance can either mean that more and more people in the country have interest in the fine art or it can also mean that fewer and fewer people have interest in the fine art !!!

C on the other hand gives us a definite answer for the cause .
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Those who feel that fewer and fewer people in this country have a genuine interest in the fine arts are absolutely correct. This is true despite the oft-mentioned record levels of attendance at art museums.

The argument above would be most strengthened if which of the following statements were true ?

A- The increase in the number of people who visit art museums more than once has been greater than the increase in the number of visits of these museums.

B- An interest in the fine arts cannot be determined by examining levels of museum attendance.

C- A substantial and relatively consistent portion of the visitors to this country's art museums are, and always have been, international tourists.

D- Sales of art books have declined sharply.

E- Art museums in this country now display a much wider range of exhibits than was once the case.


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I think its a fairly simple question and the answer must be C.
B is a strong contender. It is a generalization.......that may or may not be true in the case here.
But read closely the argument it says the fewer people in this country have interest in arts. It goes on to present a premise that is contradictory that says the attendance at museum is at record levels...
So the gap here is if native people do not show interest and record level is than .....how is that the attendance is high.
Even in real life its the tourist, who visit the museum more often than the local people.

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Gr8 question, totally stumped....but yes i understand why is A correct...
By the way this is from Kaplan's which book.......

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Gr8 question, totally stumped....but yes i understand why is A correct...
By the way this is from Kaplan's which book.......

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The question seems simple when you look at C and convince yourself that's the correct one BUT i think that what makes difference on G-Day : You should consider all the answer choices even if you are convinced with one that looks pretty good and let you move on ... That's why you should spend extra seconds to make it sure ..

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I have seen many questions , but first time i saw a question which had 3 options which are potential answers.......Its very unlikely on gmat...max 2 options will be closely.

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This is the case here : only A and C are strong contenders , the rest is easy to discard
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C can be negated if you read the conclusion properly.

Conclusion: Those who feel that fewer and fewer people in this country have a genuine interest in the fine arts are absolutely correct.
We need to state reason for people of the country having less interest in fine arts. C talks about international tourists and there is no number that can help us compare. Substantial in no way means the fewer people have less interest in this country.

The argument above would be most strengthened if which of the following statements were true ?

A- The increase in the number of people who visit art museums more than once has been greater than the increase in the number of visits of these museums.

B- An interest in the fine arts cannot be determined by examining levels of museum attendance.

C- A substantial and relatively consistent portion of the visitors to this country's art museums are, and always have been, international tourists.
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Those who feel that fewer and fewer people in this country have a genuine interest in the fine arts are absolutely correct. This is true despite the oft-mentioned record levels of attendance at art museums.

The argument above would be most strengthened if which of the following statements were true ?

A- The increase in the number of people who visit art museums more than once has been greater than the increase in the number of visits of these museums.

B- An interest in the fine arts cannot be determined by examining levels of museum attendance.

C- A substantial and relatively consistent portion of the visitors to this country's art museums are, and always have been, international tourists.

D- Sales of art books have declined sharply.

E- Art museums in this country now display a much wider range of exhibits than was once the case.


What are you talking about ? Answer A weakens the argument.

The argument is that fewer people have genuine interest in arts and we must strengthen the argument.
If more people visit museums more than once , it means that people actually have interest in arts; HENCE, THE ARGUMENT IS WEAKENED....

EDIT:

I see now that ans A is possible because if more people visit the same museum, it means that total attendance to other museums declines...but on the other hand it is possible to assume that if people visit a museum more than once, they are genuinely interested in the stuff and do not do it just for the sake of visiting museums..

My conclusion is that the question is not well structured
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Those who feel that fewer and fewer people in this country have a genuine interest in the fine arts are absolutely correct. This is true despite the oft-mentioned record levels of attendance at art museums.

The argument above would be most strengthened if which of the following statements were true ?

A- The increase in the number of people who visit art museums more than once has been greater than the increase in the number of visits of these museums.

B- An interest in the fine arts cannot be determined by examining levels of museum attendance.

C- A substantial and relatively consistent portion of the visitors to this country's art museums are, and always have been, international tourists.

D- Sales of art books have declined sharply.

E- Art museums in this country now display a much wider range of exhibits than was once the case.


What are you talking about ? Answer A weakens the argument.

The argument is that fewer people have genuine interest in arts and we must strengthen the argument.
If more people visit museums more than once , it means that people actually have interest in arts; HENCE, THE ARGUMENT IS WEAKENED....

EDIT:

I see now that ans A is possible because if more people visit the same museum, it means that total attendance to other museums declines...but on the other hand it is possible to assume that if people visit a museum more than once, they are genuinely interested in the stuff and do not do it just for the sake of visiting museums..

My conclusion is that the question is not well structured



Suppose 20 people visit the museum in first month.
In second months same 20 people visited again and 5 new joined.
So, out of 25 people 20 people are same as last month and only new 5 folks.

Fewer people have interest.


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Those who feel that fewer and fewer people in this country have a genuine interest in the fine arts are absolutely correct. This is true despite the oft-mentioned record levels of attendance at art museums.

The argument above would be most strengthened if which of the following statements were true ?

A- The increase in the number of people who visit art museums more than once has been greater than the increase in the number of visits of these museums.

B- An interest in the fine arts cannot be determined by examining levels of museum attendance.

C- A substantial and relatively consistent portion of the visitors to this country's art museums are, and always have been, international tourists.

D- Sales of art books have declined sharply.

E- Art museums in this country now display a much wider range of exhibits than was once the case.


What are you talking about ? Answer A weakens the argument.

The argument is that fewer people have genuine interest in arts and we must strengthen the argument.
If more people visit museums more than once , it means that people actually have interest in arts; HENCE, THE ARGUMENT IS WEAKENED....

EDIT:

I see now that ans A is possible because if more people visit the same museum, it means that total attendance to other museums declines...but on the other hand it is possible to assume that if people visit a museum more than once, they are genuinely interested in the stuff and do not do it just for the sake of visiting museums..

My conclusion is that the question is not well structured



Suppose 20 people visit the museum in first month.
In second months same 20 people visited again and 5 new joined.
So, out of 25 people 20 people are same as last month and only new 5 folks.

Fewer people have interest.


I'm not sure why less people have less interest. According to your example now 25 people would have interest v/s 20 people having before. When you have only 5, that means the rate of new interest has declined not the level of general interest.

I chose C, because of the way the word is phrased. They talk about genuine interest, not just any interest. Someone who has genuine interest to me goes to the museum more than once, the ones that went only one could have gone just to do something different. Therefore A actually makes the conclusion stronger, as more people are going more often.
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Those who feel that fewer and fewer people in this country have a genuine interest in the fine arts are absolutely correct. This is true despite the oft-mentioned record levels of attendance at art museums.

The argument above would be most strengthened if which of the following statements were true?

A The increase in the number of people who visit art museums more than once has been greater than the increase in the number of visits to these museums.
B An interest in the fine arts cannot be determined by examining levels of museum attendance.
C A substantial and relatively consistent portion of the visitors to this country's art museums are, and always have been, international tourists.
D Sales of art books have declined sharply.
E Art museums in this country now display a much wider range of exhibits than was once the case.
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