There is a difference between beauty and truth. After all, if there were no difference, then the most realistic piec...

Batman on December 1, 2015


Please explain this question. I'm still confused which one is the conclusion. Thanks,

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Mehran on December 3, 2015

Thank you for your question, @Batman. This is a Strengthen with Necessary Premise question. The stimulus contains an argument. The conclusion is the first sentence: "There is a difference between beauty and truth." Why? Because (here come the premises): (1) if there was NO difference, then the most realistic art would be the best, since (2) the most realistic pieces are the most truthful, but (3) many of the most realistic artworks are NOT among the best.

We need to connect two dots: the concept of beauty (which is in the conclusion) and the idea of what is the "best art" (which is all through the premises). Answer choice (A) does this: "the most beautiful artworks are the best artworks."

If you negate this premise ("the most beautiful artworks are not necessarily the best artworks"), then the argument in the stimulus falls apart.

Hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any additional questions.