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Complete Question Explanation

The correct answer choice is (E).

Answer choice (A): This answer would be a good reflection of the attitude of the author of passage A, but not passage B.

Answer choice (B):

Answer choice (C):

Answer choice (D):

Answer choice (E): This is the correct answer.

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Why is A better than E here? They seem very similar to me.
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Hi loveydog,

I'm not sure exactly where your confusion is---answer choice (E) is the correct answer on 24. Each author here shows respect for the different musicians' artistry. Answer choice (A) would be a good reflection of the attitude of the author of passage A, but not passage B.

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I thought that both authors, by noting the historical context within which these forms of music arose, were implicitly expressing approval for their roles as community historians (D). Can you please explain the difference between D and E?
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Hi vbkehs!

Passage A and passage B both explicitly display approval of griots' roles as community historians, but the question stem asks us about passage A's attitude toward blues musicians. Passage A states "The blues musician, in contrast, honed a music of personal expression, often reflecting a lack of connection to the broader streams of society, evoking feelings of alienation and anomie" (lines 14-17, 1st sentence of the 2nd paragraph). Thus, passage A does NOT seem to think that blues musicians act as community historians, as "Slavery destroyed in large part the traditional social fabric, the communal values, the historical continuities that made the griot's art possible" (lines 18-21, middle of 2nd paragraph).

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Passage B doesn't seem to fit the answer choice (E). What part of passage B demonstrates the author's respect for the griot's artistry?
The only possible relevant evidence I could find is "(49) often with a drum, and always with great eloquence." but I don't think the "eloquence" part should be necessarily translated into respect for the musician's artistry.
Can you clarify the inference made in each passage? Thank you!

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