QUESTION TYPE: Principle – Strengthen
CONCLUSION: We should continue restoring, despite the risks of acids.
REASONING: We can’t see the paintings as they were originally painted.
ANALYSIS: On a principle question, you need an idea to help you decide which course of action is correct.
So you need something that tells you that the benefits of seeing the original paintings outweigh the risks of acid.
You also need a sufficient condition, something that says you should restore. Many wrong answers present necessary conditions for restoration.
- This completely ignores everything the director said. It doesn’t mention acid, or the fact that we can’t see the paintings.
- The director doesn’t mention aesthetic value. We don’t know if this is an important consideration.
- CORRECT. This tells us that it’s ok to risk acid damage, because restoration will allow us to appreciate the paintings in their original form.
- The director didn’t mention money, and he didn’t say how many people would be able to see the restored painting.
- This is a fact about the painting. It doesn’t tell us whether to restore it.
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