QUESTION TYPE: Point at Issue
ARGUMENTS: Carolyn says that the fragments of Sir John Sulston’s DNA aren’t a portrait, because portraits need to resemble their subjects.
Arnold says that the DNA arrangement is a portrait, because it has instructions for how to create Sulston.
ANALYSIS: Mary’s use of the word “but” indicates she disagrees with the preceding sentence. That sentence says that Quinn’s work is a portrait.
So, Mary doesn’t think that Quinn’s work is a portrait. But, Arnold does think it’s a portrait: he says Quinn’s work is a maximally realistic portrait.
- Carolyn said nothing about whether Quinn’s work is art in general. She only said it isn’t a portrait.
- Similar to A. Carolyn didn’t disagree that Quinn made the work.
- This is a trap answer. Clearly, Mary says that Quinn’s work doesn’t bear a resemblance.
But, did Arnold say that the work bears a resemblance? No, he didn’t. Instead, he only said the work has instructions for how to create Sulston.
So, Arnold is saying he has different criteria for what a portrait is. The work is a portrait because it is “maximally realistic”. Arnold didn’t necessarily say whether the DNA resembles Sulston. (If anything, the DNA is Sulston)
- Carolyn didn’t mention DNA instructions. But, she probably wouldn’t disagree with this statement, since it’s generally recognized that DNA is instructions.
- CORRECT. See the analysis above. Carolyn says no (or at least strongly implies it), Arnold says yes.
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