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#24 - Andy Warhol’s Brillo Boxes is a stack of boxes that

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Could you explain how E is the correct answer. I am getting confused by the wording of the answer. Thanks!
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Hi Iqranaqvi,

The first step to answering a Method question like this one correctly is to understand what is going on in the stimulus so that you can accurately Prephrase an answer. We're given two visually identical objects, one of which is considered art, the other not. This leads to the conclusion that appearance is not the sole criterion for whether an object is art or not. This is sound reasoning, and fairly straightforward: two things look the same, but are actually different, so looks can't be the sole determining factor of state of being. The evidence serves to disprove a potential hypothesis. This question is really testing a basic understanding of the scientific method.

This is one of those late-section tough questions where the correct answer choice is written in a deliberately obtuse manner. Thankfully, the other answer choices are more straightforward, and thus more straightforwardly incorrect. So this question I would answer by process of elimination, as my only potential contender after reading all five choices was the one that I was confused by. Of course if you have the time, it is worth working through what the language means in order to validate that (E) is in fact the correct answer choice.

So what does it mean? Let's go back to the Prephrase: evidence/premises is used to disprove a hypothesis/conclusion. (E) gives us a clue with its diction (using the word "thesis") despite the horrifying syntax; with answer choices like these, I rewrite them in my head in order to clarify their meaning. Here, if we rearrange the sentence to say "if a particular thesis were correct, something that is actually true would be impossible" gives us a meaning essentially the same as the Prephrase, making it correct.

Hope this clears things up!