Film preservation requires transferring old movies from their original material—unstable, deteriorating nitrate film—...

Rachel on April 13, 2018

Help!

Could you please explain why the other choices aren't correct? Thanks!

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Anita on April 14, 2018

The correct answer is D. Let's go through the answers one by one:

A: This assumes that no new technology will be developed. The argument doesn't assume what will or will not happen with technology in the future, just that there won't be enough of an improvement by the time the old film deteriorates.

B: While the prompt mentions the cost of the process, it is noted as the only process for this, so it is irrelevant whether it is more or less expensive than anything else.

C: We don't know from the prompt how many films have already been transferred, only that some will inevitably disintegrate. Try negating it, and you'll see that it would be "many films have been transferred," which doesn't hurt the argument.

D: This is the correct answer! The prompt is that there is a tedious, expensive way to transfer old materials to new ones, so some will not be transferred. If we were to negate this - if it were the case that no films from the early years of Hollywood are solely in their original state, then it would destroy the argument - there would be no preservation problem.

E: The prompt doesn't address whether any of these films were popular. They could have all been awful or all be wonderful, but they still may disintegrate if not transferred from their original material.

Let me know if this helps!