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# Trustee: The recent exhibit at the art museum was extensively covered

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05 Mar 2019, 22:39
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Trustee: The recent exhibit at the art museum was extensively covered by the local media, and this coverage seems to have contributed to the record-breaking attendance it drew. If the attendance at the exhibit had been low, the museum would have gone bankrupt and closed permanently, so the museum could not have remained open had it not been for the coverage from the local media.

The reasoning in the trustee’s argument is most vulnerable to criticism on the grounds that the argument

(A) confuses a necessary condition for the museum’s remaining open with a sufficient condition for the museum’s remaining open

(B) takes for granted that no previous exhibit at the museum had received such extensive media coverage

(C) takes for granted that most people who read articles about the exhibit also attended the exhibit

(D) fails to address the possibility that the exhibit would have drawn enough visitors to prevent bankruptcy even without media coverage

(E) presupposes the very conclusion that it is trying to prove

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Trustee: The recent exhibit at the art museum was extensively covered by the local media, and this coverage seems to have contributed to the record-breaking attendance it drew. If the attendance at the exhibit had been low, the museum would have gone bankrupt and closed permanently, so the museum could not have remained open had it not been for the coverage from the local media.

The reasoning in the trustee’s argument is most vulnerable to criticism on the grounds that the argument

(A) confuses a necessary condition for the museum’s remaining open with a sufficient condition for the museum’s remaining open

(B) takes for granted that no previous exhibit at the museum had received such extensive media coverage

(C) takes for granted that most people who read articles about the exhibit also attended the exhibit

(D) fails to address the possibility that the exhibit would have drawn enough visitors to prevent bankruptcy even without media coverage

(E) presupposes the very conclusion that it is trying to prove

The recent exhibit at the art museum was extensively covered by the local media, - a fact given to support the conclusion
and this coverage seems to have contributed to the record-breaking attendance it drew - not sure. "seems to have" conveys possibility but not necessary
If the attendance at the exhibit had been low, the museum would have gone bankrupt and closed permanently, - a fact given to support the conclusion

Conclusion - The museum could not have remained open had it not been for the coverage from the local media.

The conclusion is that without coverage, the museum would have closed. But it is a possibility that the coverage contributed to record breaking attendance. It leaves open the possibility that the exhibit would have drawn record attendance even without media coverage.

So criticism of the argument is:

(D) fails to address the possibility that the exhibit would have drawn enough visitors to prevent bankruptcy even without media coverage

We cannot conclude that without coverage the museum would have closed. There is a possibility that the exhibit would have drawn enough visitors on its own.

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05 Mar 2019, 23:56
Easy D this one..

Argument : “media coverage lead to record breaking argument.if the attendance low then museum closes.So coverage lead to museum being open”.

What if without coverage(record breaking)audience still shows up just enough to run the museum.

So D)

Clear Delink in the argument between record breaking numbers and numbers just enough to put it afloat.

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06 Mar 2019, 01:03
D. He gave all the credit to media coverage. The argument was media coverage-> more visitors-> museum will remain open.

It can be weaken by either proving
-more visitors leead to increased coverage
Or proving
-something else also caused increased visitors.
Statement D focuses on the later statement.

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Trustee: The recent exhibit at the art museum was extensively covered by the local media, and this coverage seems to have contributed to the record-breaking attendance it drew. If the attendance at the exhibit had been low, the museum would have gone bankrupt and closed permanently, so the museum could not have remained open had it not been for the coverage from the local media.

The reasoning in the trustee’s argument is most vulnerable to criticism on the grounds that the argument

(A) confuses a necessary condition for the museum’s remaining open with a sufficient condition for the museum’s remaining open

(B) takes for granted that no previous exhibit at the museum had received such extensive media coverage

(C) takes for granted that most people who read articles about the exhibit also attended the exhibit

(D) fails to address the possibility that the exhibit would have drawn enough visitors to prevent bankruptcy even without media coverage

(E) presupposes the very conclusion that it is trying to prove

The recent exhibit at the art museum was extensively covered by the local media, - a fact given to support the conclusion
and this coverage seems to have contributed to the record-breaking attendance it drew - not sure. "seems to have" conveys possibility but not necessary
If the attendance at the exhibit had been low, the museum would have gone bankrupt and closed permanently, - a fact given to support the conclusion

Conclusion - The museum could not have remained open had it not been for the coverage from the local media.

The conclusion is that without coverage, the museum would have closed. But it is a possibility that the coverage contributed to record breaking attendance. It leaves open the possibility that the exhibit would have drawn record attendance even without media coverage.

So criticism of the argument is:

(D) fails to address the possibility that the exhibit would have drawn enough visitors to prevent bankruptcy even without media coverage

We cannot conclude that without coverage the museum would have closed. There is a possibility that the exhibit would have drawn enough visitors on its own.

Why can’t the answer be C?

I think C states that the author takes for granted that - because of media coverage people came to know about the exhibit and most of those people, who read the articles about the exhibit, also attended the exhibit.
Meaning- the author takes for granted that media hike brought the exhibit into limelight and most of the people after reading the articles attended the exhibit.
I also thought that D is correct but changed my mind at the last moment. Can you please explain why you eliminated C.

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07 Mar 2019, 02:10
Hi NRJ11090, Karishma ma'am is very busy and it would make more sense to reply to her AMA thread to get a faster response.

Anyways, the way I look at why C (and if you look closely even E for that matter) is wrong is - correlation implies causation. What if the reason why the exhibit is publicized in the media is also the reason why it is so popular? For example - what if there is a pop music band that is also performing there and hence media & the crowd are both crowding to report it? Would it still make sense to say that the crowd was "due to the fact that media reported the exhibit"? This is precisely what Option (D) states.

Hope this helps.

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Trustee: The recent exhibit at the art museum was extensively covered by the local media, and this coverage seems to have contributed to the record-breaking attendance it drew. If the attendance at the exhibit had been low, the museum would have gone bankrupt and closed permanently, so the museum could not have remained open had it not been for the coverage from the local media.

The reasoning in the trustee’s argument is most vulnerable to criticism on the grounds that the argument

(A) confuses a necessary condition for the museum’s remaining open with a sufficient condition for the museum’s remaining open

(B) takes for granted that no previous exhibit at the museum had received such extensive media coverage

(C) takes for granted that most people who read articles about the exhibit also attended the exhibit

(D) fails to address the possibility that the exhibit would have drawn enough visitors to prevent bankruptcy even without media coverage

(E) presupposes the very conclusion that it is trying to prove

The recent exhibit at the art museum was extensively covered by the local media, - a fact given to support the conclusion
and this coverage seems to have contributed to the record-breaking attendance it drew - not sure. "seems to have" conveys possibility but not necessary
If the attendance at the exhibit had been low, the museum would have gone bankrupt and closed permanently, - a fact given to support the conclusion

Conclusion - The museum could not have remained open had it not been for the coverage from the local media.

The conclusion is that without coverage, the museum would have closed. But it is a possibility that the coverage contributed to record breaking attendance. It leaves open the possibility that the exhibit would have drawn record attendance even without media coverage.

So criticism of the argument is:

(D) fails to address the possibility that the exhibit would have drawn enough visitors to prevent bankruptcy even without media coverage

We cannot conclude that without coverage the museum would have closed. There is a possibility that the exhibit would have drawn enough visitors on its own.

Why can’t the answer be C?

I think C states that the author takes for granted that - because of media coverage people came to know about the exhibit and most of those people, who read the articles about the exhibit, also attended the exhibit.
Meaning- the author takes for granted that media hike brought the exhibit into limelight and most of the people after reading the articles attended the exhibit.
I also thought that D is correct but changed my mind at the last moment. Can you please explain why you eliminated C.

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NRJ11090 wrote:
Trustee: The recent exhibit at the art museum was extensively covered by the local media, and this coverage seems to have contributed to the record-breaking attendance it drew. If the attendance at the exhibit had been low, the museum would have gone bankrupt and closed permanently, so the museum could not have remained open had it not been for the coverage from the local media.

The reasoning in the trustee’s argument is most vulnerable to criticism on the grounds that the argument

(A) confuses a necessary condition for the museum’s remaining open with a sufficient condition for the museum’s remaining open

(B) takes for granted that no previous exhibit at the museum had received such extensive media coverage

(C) takes for granted that most people who read articles about the exhibit also attended the exhibit

(D) fails to address the possibility that the exhibit would have drawn enough visitors to prevent bankruptcy even without media coverage

(E) presupposes the very conclusion that it is trying to prove

The recent exhibit at the art museum was extensively covered by the local media, - a fact given to support the conclusion
and this coverage seems to have contributed to the record-breaking attendance it drew - not sure. "seems to have" conveys possibility but not necessary
If the attendance at the exhibit had been low, the museum would have gone bankrupt and closed permanently, - a fact given to support the conclusion

Conclusion - The museum could not have remained open had it not been for the coverage from the local media.

The conclusion is that without coverage, the museum would have closed. But it is a possibility that the coverage contributed to record breaking attendance. It leaves open the possibility that the exhibit would have drawn record attendance even without media coverage.

So criticism of the argument is:

(D) fails to address the possibility that the exhibit would have drawn enough visitors to prevent bankruptcy even without media coverage

We cannot conclude that without coverage the museum would have closed. There is a possibility that the exhibit would have drawn enough visitors on its own.

Why can’t the answer be C?

I think C states that the author takes for granted that - because of media coverage people came to know about the exhibit and most of those people, who read the articles about the exhibit, also attended the exhibit.
Meaning- the author takes for granted that media hike brought the exhibit into limelight and most of the people after reading the articles attended the exhibit.
I also thought that D is correct but changed my mind at the last moment. Can you please explain why you eliminated C.

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The argument does not take for granted that "most people who read, attended".
"Most" implies more than 50%. The argument does not take for granted that more than 50% people who read about the exhibit, attended it. It is quite possible that only 10% who read, attended but that 10% was enough to give a record breaking attendance.
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