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(See the complete passage discussion here: lsat/viewtopic.php?t=14395)
The correct answer choice is (D)
From the discussion of Passage Similarities in the passage discussion, we can prephrase an answer to this Passage
Commonality question. Both authors hold decidedly negative attitudes towards propaganda, and both
regard it as antithetical to the standards of historian objectivity (lines 18 and 28).
Answer choice (A): Neither author mentions propaganda in order to refute a claim made by
proponents of a rival approach to historical scholarship. No such approach was ever discussed.
Answer choice (B): Neither passage compared the relative bias of historians to scholars in fields
other than history.
Answer choice (C): Propaganda does not refer to a type of scholarship that has recently been
discredited, since no mention of any such scholarship was made in either passage.
Answer choice (D): This is the correct answer choice. For both authors, propaganda is an extreme
to which historians may tend. In passage A, the author warns that an objective historian “must never
become an advocate or, worse, propagandist” (lines 17-18, italics mine). In the first paragraph
of passage B, the author cautions against conflating historical scholarship with propaganda, and
recommends self-discipline as an effective antidote (lines 27-32).
Answer choice (E): Neither passage draws a comparison between propaganda and other kinds of