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I was between B and E for this question and ended up choosing E.

Re-reading the passage and analyzing the question, I see that B is correct because "identifying assumptions" correspond to lines 24-30 and "analysis in the first paragraph" correspond to lines 1-7. However, I still am unsure why E is wrong. I feel like it can be argued that lines 24-30 could be considered a "definitive conclusion" due to the the strength of the language the author uses to describe the assumptions, i.e., "For this kind of analysis to work, however, it must be..."

Can someone please help me deconstruct why E is wrong? Thank you!
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Hi Jaclyn,

The big issue with (E) here is the "definitive conclusion drawn from claims made in the second paragraph." The second paragraph is essentially background that sets up two separate reasons for elites to commission. The third paragraph explicitly deals with only one of these reasons, and so is immediately. Moreover, a "definitive conclusion" indicates a main point, whereas the identification of the assumptions inherent to Taruskin's analysis serves as an intermediate conclusion to the passage's main point, which is that artists could and did subvert their patrons' wishes and ideology and so do not simply reflect their patrons' class interests.

Understanding the role played by a paragraph in the overall argument being made can help cut through the attractive wrong answer choices like (E) and keep it to a more accurate description as we have in (B), especially for purpose questions.

Hope this helps!

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