- Mon Apr 08, 2019 5:43 pm
I found this one pretty tough, snowy! My strategy for these structure questions is to always treat answer A as a contender, and to keep it as such until and unless something better comes along. Like you, I didn't like the bit about "criticizing the original interpretation" all that much. Disagreeing with it, sure, but criticizing it? Hmmm, I don't know, but my strategy says to keep it until I find something better, so I do.
When I get to answer C, I am comparing it to answer A, looking for some reason to either reject it (it brings up something that didn't happen in the passage, or it skips over something important that answer A, my contender so far, included) or to embrace it over answer A (because it brings up something important that A overlooked, or it corrects a problem I had with A, like maybe getting the order of events unscrambled).
The first phrase of answer C matches A word for word. When I get to the second phrase - "articulates the traditional interpretation of this phenomenon" - I start to get a bad taste in my mouth. "Traditional interpretation"? Was it traditional, or just one common view? I don;t like this.
At the third phrase - "identifies two common criticisms of this view" - I am getting really unhappy with this answer choice. Two criticisms? I only remember one - that those artists cared about aesthetics and a new way to represent reality, and not about reforming society. There was no other criticism. For me, at this point answer C is ready for the trash bin. A is still the better choice, even though I didn't love it. Answer C is describing things that simply didn't happen, and that is a real problem.
If I wasn't convinced enough by now, I sure will be when I got to the next bit - "dismisses each of these criticisms" - because that DEFINITELY did not happen! The author didn't dismiss the criticism - it's HIS criticism! It's his whole point, saying that those people who thought Picasso and friends cared about aesthetics rather than society. He didn't dismiss that - he doubled down and gave us an example to support that position. Now answer C stinks like week-old fish, and I am more than ready to toss it out as a total loser and move along to see if there's anything better at the buffet.
Try that approach, snowy - keep the first answer on hand until you find something clearly better, and reject anything that has fatal flaws as you find them - and these structure questions should be a lot easier over time.
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