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Critical Reasoning: Conclusion Weakening Questions

Every year, thousands of students graduate from fine arts programs conducted by schools all over the country. Most art galleries and museums, however, only lend about 1% of their exhibit space to unknown contemporary artists. It is clear that a successful career as an artist is more like a fantasy than a possible achievement.

Which of the following, if true, casts the most doubt on the argument's conclusion?

Incorrect.

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This answer choice neither weakens nor strengthens the conclusion as the attraction of the students to programs that allow them to express has nothing to do with how they will find work and opportunities after they graduate.

Incorrect.

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This answer choice neither weakens nor strengthens the conclusion that a successful art career is an unlikely thing to achieve. The way that art galleries operate does nothing to weaken the conclusion since we already know that they only use 1% of their space to expose new artists.

Incorrect.

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This answer choice strengthens the conclusion, but you are required to weaken it. Providing evidence that the majority of young unemployed people are fine arts graduates just gives us another reason to believe that becoming a successful artist is extremely difficult.

Incorrect.

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This answer choice strengthens the conclusion, but you are required to weaken it. Stating that the art market is huge and that an artist must compete with so many others gives us the impression that becoming a successful artist is extremely difficult.

Fantastic!

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This answer choice exposes the argument's assumption that exhibiting in a gallery or museum is the only way an artist can become successful. By providing an example of another platform for exposure and employment, this statement weakens the argument's conclusion that a career as an artist is like a fantasy.

Fine art programs have always been popular because they offer students a true opportunity to express themselves.
Although some art galleries are government institutions, many are private companies that operate in a similar way to ordinary retailers.
The development of the Internet, and communications technology in general, has created a constant need for talented artists of all kinds.
Last year, 61% of people under the age of 30 who filed for unemployment benefits had degrees in the fine arts.
Because today's art market is a global one, individual artists must compete with thousands of others from all over the world, if they are to become successful.