- Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:33 pm
Synthesizing two positions means combining them. For answer choice A, you should first ask whether there are two opposing positions, and then whether the opposing positions are being combined to create a new position. As nicholaspavic pointed out, the two viewpoints are not really in opposition. But if they were, you would consider whether elements of each were taken to create a new viewpoint. If the author's purpose were to synthesize two ideas, the passage might say something like, "Viewpoint A has _____ pros and cons. Viewpoint B has _____ pros and cons. Neither is adequate. My thesis, Viewpoint C takes aspects of both and is therefore superior."
I hope this helps!