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Complete Question Explanation

The correct answer choice is (D).

Answer choice (A):

Answer choice (B):

Answer choice (C):

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

Answer choice (E):

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I'm wondering whether (E) is wrong because no general principle is stated in the 1st paragraph?

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Hi Silent,

The first sentence of the first paragraph could be read as a general principle, but the real key to why (E) is incorrect is that there's no general principle that the last paragraph supports.

The best approach to correctly answering this question is to Prephrase how this paragraph relates to the other parts of the passage. It serves to introduce another wrinkle or nuance into the thorny question of what it means to be fake and who defines the term, without directly answering that question. (D) reflects that understanding of the paragraph, which if Prephrased accurately should be clear.

Hope this clears things up!
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Thank you James.
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I am having a hard time understanding how C is wrong.
I understand the last paragraph introduces the idea of functionality as a means of determining if something is "fake."
C says "It provides additional support for an argument advanced by the author in the preceding paragraph." Is this not providing additional support that there is a spectrum between fake and original as stated in paragraph one?
Is D correct purely because functionality is a new mechanism to determine "fakeness" ?
Sorry if that was a lot- I'm having a hard time seeing what it is I'm missing with RC questions.

Thanks in advance :)
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Hi bhamblin,

We have to treat these type of answer choices as Must Be True - every part of the answer has to be factually correct. Answer choice (C) refers to the argument in the preceding paragraph, which is paragraph 2. You're referencing something from paragraph 1. That's why answer choice (C) isn't the best pick here - I can't really find an argument in paragraph 2.

The third paragraph seems to serve mostly the role of just introducing another a new way to consider the idea of fakeness/authenticity. It talks about the cultural aspect of authenticity, which is a new way of looking at this concept of fakeness. This is really close to what answer choice (D) describes, which is why it is the best answer in this situation.

Hope that helps! Let us know if you have any other questions.

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