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Ultimately, because answer choice (E) is wrong, I don't think it's particularly important to know whether it's wrong because it strengthens or wrong because it just doesn't relate to the argument. I do think answer choice (E) is wrong because it doesn't relate to the argument. The information it gives about speaking staffs doesn't clearly address the question of identification of the item in question. A speaking staff may symbolize a mace. Maybe something else resembles a mace even more, and that's what this item is. We just don't know how (E) relates.
Again, the important point is...(E) is wrong. I often find that I'm not sure why an answer is wrong, but I am sure THAT it is wrong - maybe it strengthens (opposite for a weaken) or doesn't relate, and I can't be sure which one, but I AM sure it's one of them. If that sounds strange, imagine this - I'm sure the number of stars in the universe is either odd or even, but I sure can't tell which it is! So, if I can categorize this answer as a loser (as you did), that's all that matters.