QUESTION TYPE: Necessary Assumption
CONCLUSION: The painting is not a genuine Cassett. It is a forgery.
REASONING: Many elements are similar to Cassett paintings. But the brush style is different from any work known to be Cassett’s.
ANALYSIS: We’re not told whether any other Cassett paintings have unique elements. If other Cassett paintings have unique elements then it’s not clear why a unique brush style implies forgery.
- Who cares? It’s only important that it’s possible for a forger to use those materials. It doesn’t have to be easy.
- CORRECT. If other Cassett paintings have unique brush styles, then why does it matter that this painting has a unique brush style?
- It doesn’t matter whether subject matter is unique to Cassett, as long as the subject matter is consistent with the subject matter used in Cassett’s paintings.
- It only matters that brush style is a characteristic feature. It doesn’t have to be the most characteristic feature.
- This could explain why the forger failed, but it doesn’t matter. It only matters whether the brush style is indeed different from Cassett’s.
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