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Curator: If our museum lends Venus to the Hart Institute for their show this spring (Weaken)

Curator: If our museum lends Venus to the Hart Institute for their show this spring, they will lend us their Rembrandt etchings for our print exhibition next fall. Having those etchings will increase attendance to the exhibition and hence increase revenue from our general admission fee.

Museum Administrator: But Venus is our biggest attraction. Moreover the Hart’s show will run for twice as long as our exhibition. So on balance the number of patrons may decrease.

The point of the administrator’s response to the curator is to question

What is the better approach to resolve this question?

Author
Zi Yuen Lau

Posted Apr 12, 2017

1 Explanation

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Adam

This question has been discussed in-depth elsewhere, such as here. I'm pasting one of the better responses from here:

https://gmatclub.com/forum/verbal-review-16-ed-if-our-museum-lends-venus-to-the-hart-institute-209088.html

A The administrator does not dispute that the Rembrandt etchings would probably increase attendance at the print exhibition but rather suggests that this increase would be exceeded by the loss of visitors to the museum while the Hart Institute borrows Venus

B Neither the curator nor the administrator comments on whether the patrons attracted to the Rembrandt etchings would be the same people attracted to Venus.

C Correct. The curator implicitly infers that the former number will be larger than the latter, whereas the administrator questions this by asserting that the latter number may be larger than the former.

D The administrator does not question whether the revenue during the print exhibition will exceed the revenue during the Hart institute’s exhibition, but rather whether it will exceed the loss of
revenue during the Hart institute's exhibition.

E Neither the curator nor the administrator comments on whether the museum would gain more or less from the exchange than the Hart institute would.

Apr 12, 2017 • Comment

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