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# Walter: A copy of an artwork should be worth exactly what the original

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Walter: A copy of an artwork should be worth exactly what the original is worth if the two works are visually indistinguishable. After all, if the two works are visually indistinguishable, they have all the same qualities, and if they have all the same qualities, their prices should be equal.

Marissa: How little you understand art! Even if someone could make a perfect copy that is visually indistinguishable from the original, the copy would have a different history and hence not have all the same qualities as the original.

Which of the following is a point at issue between Walter and Marissa?

(A) Whether a copy of an artwork could ever be visually indistinguishable from the original
(B) Whether the reproduction of a work of art is ever worth more than the original is worth
(C) Whether a copy of a work of art is ever mistaken for the original
(D) Whether a copy of a work of art could have all the same qualities as the original
(E) Whether originality is the only valuable attribute that a work of art can possess

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10 Mar 2018, 05:39
Awaiting OA. IMO answer should be D.

Walter: A copy of an artwork should be worth exactly what the original is worth if the two works are visually indistinguishable. After all, if the two works are visually indistinguishable, they have all the same qualities, and if they have all the same qualities, their prices should be equal.

Marissa: How little you understand art! Even if someone could make a perfect copy that is visually indistinguishable from the original, the copy would have a different history and hence not have all the same qualities as the original.

Which of the following is a point at issue between Walter and Marissa?

(A) Whether a copy of an artwork could ever be visually indistinguishable from the original --This is not the point of conflict. We can infer this when Marissa states that "even if the 2 works are visually indistinguishable"
(B) Whether the reproduction of a work of art is ever worth more than the original is worth --This could have been a good contender if this option stated "work of art is EQUAL to the original"
(C) Whether a copy of a work of art is ever mistaken for the original --Nope
(D) Whether a copy of a work of art could have all the same qualities as the original --Correct.
(E) Whether originality is the only valuable attribute that a work of art can possess --They are not discussing attributes
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10 Mar 2018, 06:55
Should be D. Awaiting OA.

(A) Whether a copy of an artwork could ever be visually indistinguishable from the original
Incorrect. 'Could ever' we don't know, no mention of this.

(B) Whether the reproduction of a work of art is ever worth more than the original is worth
Incorrect. Tempting, let's keep this, until a better comes along.
Found D. We can get rid of B because the crux of the argument is that she is arguing against the reasoning of what he has provided. Not the final conclusion itself.

(C) Whether a copy of a work of art is ever mistaken for the original
Incorrect. No mention of it being 'mistaken'. Both are arguing about the copies.

(D) Whether a copy of a work of art could have all the same qualities as the original
Correct. Hits the nail on the head. She argues that they can't be original, while he says that because they are indistinguishable they are original.

(E) Whether originality is the only valuable attribute that a work of art can possess
Incorrect. No mention of this - we don't know.
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14 May 2018, 06:49
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Can experts help to eliminate (B) over (D) ?
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Can experts help to eliminate (B) over (D) ?

Take it this way

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Walter: A copy of an artwork should be worth exactly what the original is worth if the two works are visually indistinguishable. After all, if the two works are visually indistinguishable, they have all the same qualities, and if they have all the same qualities, their prices should be equal.

Marissa: How little you understand art! Even if someone could make a perfect copy that is visually indistinguishable from the original, the copy would have a different history and hence not have all the same qualities as the original.

Which of the following is a point at issue between Walter and Marissa?

(B) Whether the reproduction of a work of art is ever worth more than the original is worth

(B) talks that : The worth of reproduced work of art > The worth of original , which is contrary to the highlighted part of the stimulus....
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Re: Walter: A copy of an artwork should be worth exactly what the original  [#permalink]

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Can experts help to eliminate (B) over (D) ?

Take it this way

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Walter: A copy of an artwork should be worth exactly what the original is worth if the two works are visually indistinguishable. After all, if the two works are visually indistinguishable, they have all the same qualities, and if they have all the same qualities, their prices should be equal.

Marissa: How little you understand art! Even if someone could make a perfect copy that is visually indistinguishable from the original, the copy would have a different history and hence not have all the same qualities as the original.

Which of the following is a point at issue between Walter and Marissa?

(B) Whether the reproduction of a work of art is ever worth more than the original is worth

(B) talks that : The worth of reproduced work of art > The worth of original , which is contrary to the highlighted part of the stimulus....

Thanks Abhishek009 for the explanation! Tossing in an extra two cents, just for fun...

According to Walter, two works that are visually indistinguishable have "all the same qualities." According to Marissa, even if the original and a copy ARE visually indistinguishable, "the copy would have a different history and hence not have the same qualities as the original."

So, according to Walter, a copy of a work of art COULD have all the same qualities as the original. But according to Marissa, a copy of a work of art could NOT have all the same qualities as the original. Choice (D) perfectly describes the point at issue.

As for (B), neither person claims that a copy is ever worth MORE than the original. Walter only suggests that a copy could be worth just as much as the original, so (B) is out.

I hope this helps!
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Re: Walter: A copy of an artwork should be worth exactly what the original  [#permalink]

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08 Nov 2018, 02:27
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Walter: A copy of an artwork should be worth exactly what the original is worth if the two works are visually indistinguishable. After all, if the two works are visually indistinguishable, they have all the same qualities, and if they have all the same qualities, their prices should be equal.

Marissa: How little you understand art! Even if someone could make a perfect copy that is visually indistinguishable from the original, the copy would have a different history and hence not have all the same qualities as the original.

Which of the following is a point at issue between Walter and Marissa?

(A) Whether a copy of an artwork could ever be visually indistinguishable from the original
(B) Whether the reproduction of a work of art is ever worth more than the original is worth
(C) Whether a copy of a work of art is ever mistaken for the original
(D) Whether a copy of a work of art could have all the same qualities as the original
(E) Whether originality is the only valuable attribute that a work of art can possess

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A - Even though Marissa does cast doubt on the ability of a copy to be visually indistinguishable, the main point is about the underlying qualities, outside visual appearance, of works of art

B - The argument is whether a copy could be worth AS MUCH AS, not more than, the original

C - Not at issue in the argument

D - Correct - The core of the argument is whether a copy can have all the same qualities of the original work of art and therefore have the same value. Walter asserts that visual appearances contain all qualities while Marissa introduces the underlying qualities (i.e. history) which give original works of art different qualities than copies. [Notice how the answer has the same language as the argument with "all the same qualities"…]

E - originality is a term not introduced in the argument (it's a variant of original but the words have different meaning), we are discussing the qualities of original vs. copy
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