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Is A wrong because of the part "the most talented"?
I was not sure about C because I was confused with the last paragraph...what does it talk about? :(
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Hi mokkyukkyu,

Thanks for your question!

To help you figure out where you went wrong here, please provide a detailed breakdown of how you understood the question you’re asking about. Since you’re asking about a Reading Comprehension question, we expect to see evidence that you were able to do the following:
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  • If the stem refers to a specific concept in the passage, identify where in the passage this concept was discussed.
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I was able to identify the justification for C. Specifically, I recognize in paragraph 4 that "a great deal of art went against the grain of elite values..since the art endured critics must engage in an freudian analysis and claim that hidden art embodied the ideals of the elite". Essentially, critics who believe that high art is a representation of the elites have to demonstrate how this art that seeemingly is not supportive of the elite's ideals actually are. However, lines 6-7, which are directly attributed to Taruskin's book say that high art "is produced by and for political and social elites". This seems to be strong support for D. Can you explain why D is wrong? Thank you.

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Hi Micah,

D is wrong because the stimulus asks for what the "passage suggests" about what Taruskin's view requires. This is a different question from "What does Taruskin's view require?" The answer to what the passage suggests is not something that Taruskin has stated explicitly but rather something that the author of the passage has hinted at. The passage actually suggests something contrary to D when it describes works that were commissioned (and thus not necessarily done by artists of the elite class) but nonetheless identified with that class.
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Hi Powerscore,

I am having trouble understanding why (C) is correct over (B).

I took the line " critics like Taruskin prefer to deal with art produced the second way, because it enables them to construct a subtle analysis of the way such art embodied the ideology of the elite" in paragraph three to mean that his view of high art would favor artist embodying the ideologies of the elites that they serve.

My paraphrase matched this, assuming that the correct answer would discuss artists reflecting the ideology of the elites.

I can see from the last paragraph why (C) is correct, but was wondering what made it the better answer choice over (B) so that I can avoid mistakes like this in the future.
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I see two problems with answer B, mshaheen14. First, it talks about "successful artists," and the passage is not about successful vs. not-successful artists, but about the relationship between the art any artist produced for some member of the elite and the views held by those elites. Second, the answer is about artists "working today," and Taruskin's position is about the "high art" of some past era rather than about any current art movement or style.

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