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Current feminist theory, in validating women's own stories [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2012, 14:36
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Current feminist theory, in validating women's own
stories of their experience, has encouraged scholars
of women's history to view the use of women's oral
narratives as the methodology, next to the use of
(5) women's written autobiography, that brings historians
closest to the "reality" of women's lives. Such
narratives, unlike most standard histories, represent
experience from the perspective of women, affirm
the importance of women's contributions, and furnish
(10) present-day women with historical continuity that is
essential to their identity, individually and collectively.
Scholars of women's history should, however, be
as cautious about accepting oral narratives at face
value as they already are about written memories.
(15) Oral narratives are no more likely than are written
narratives to provide a disinterested commentary on
events or people. Moreover, the stories people tell to
explain themselves are shaped by narrative devices
and storytelling conventions, as well as by other
(20) cultural and historical factors, in ways that the
storytellers may be unaware of. The political rhetoric
of a particular era, for example, may influence
women's interpretations of the significance of their
experience. Thus a woman who views the Second
(25) World War as pivotal in increasing the social
acceptance of women's paid work outside the home
may reach that conclusion partly and unwittingly
because of wartime rhetoric encouraging a positive
view of women's participation in such work.

Questions 31-36 refer to the passage above.

3l. The passage is primarily concerned with
(A) contrasting the benefits of one methodology
with the benefits of another
(B) describing the historical origins and inherent
drawbacks of a particular methodology
(C) discussing the appeal of a particular
methodology and some concerns about its use
(D) showing that some historians' adoption of a
particular methodology has led to criticism of
recent historical scholarship
(E) analyzing the influence of current feminist views
on women's interpretations of their experience

32. According to the passage, which of the following
shapes the oral narratives of women storytellers?
(A) The conventions for standard histories in the
culture in which a woman storyteller lives
(B) The conventions of storytelling in the culture in
which a woman storyteller lives
(C) A woman storyteller's experience with distinctive
traditions of storytelling developed by the
women in her family of origin
(D) The cultural expectations and experiences of
those who listen to oral narratives
(E) A woman storyteller's familiarity with the stories
that members of other groups in her culture tell
to explain themselves

33. The author of the passage would be most likely to
make which of the following recommendations to
scholars of women's history?
(A) They should take into account their own life
experiences when interpreting the oral accounts
of women's historical experiences.
(B) They should assume that the observations made
in women's oral narratives are believed by the
intended audience of the story.
(C) They should treat skeptically observations
reported in oral narratives unless the
observations can be confirmed in standard
histories.
(D) They should consider the cultural and historical
context in which an oral narrative was created
before arriving at an interpretation of such a
narrative.
(E) They should rely on information gathered from
oral narratives only when equivalent information
is not available in standard histories.

34. Which of the following best describes the function of
the last sentence of the passage?
(A) It describes an event that historians view as
crucial in recent women's history.
(B) It provides an example of how political rhetoric
may influence the interpretations of experience
reported in women's oral narratives.
(C) It provides an example of an oral narrative that
inaccurately describes women's experience
during a particular historical period.
(D) It illustrates the point that some women are
more aware than others of the social forces that
shape their oral narratives.
(E) It identifies the historical conditions that led to
the social acceptance of women's paid work
outside the home.

35. According to the passage, scholars of women's history
should refrain from doing which of the following?
(A) Relying on traditional historical sources when
women's oral narratives are unavailable
(B) Focusing on the influence of political rhetoric on
women's perceptions to the exclusion of other
equally important factors
(C) Attempting to discover the cultural and historical
factors that influence the stories women tell
(D) Assuming that the conventions of women's
written autobiographies are similar to the
conventions of women's oral narratives
(E) Accepting women's oral narratives less critically
than they accept women's written histories

36. According to the passage, each of the following is a
difference between women's oral narratives and most
standard histories EXCEPT:
(A) Women's oral histories validate the significance
of women's achievements.
(B) Women's oral histories depict experience from
the point of view of women.
(C) Women's oral histories acknowledge the
influence of well-known women.
(D) Women's oral histories present to day's women
with a sense of their historical relationship to
women of the past.
(E) Women's oral histories are crucial to the
collective identity of today's women.

OAs

31. C
32. B
33. D
34. B
35. E
36. C
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Re: Current feminist theory, in validating women's own [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2012, 06:05
I got all right must be 600 level question. I took lot of time in question 32 between options A and B.....can someone elaborate the same as both the things are mentioned in the passage.
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Re: Current feminist theory, in validating women's own [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2012, 22:17
vivekdixit07 wrote:
I got all right must be 600 level question. I took lot of time in question 32 between options A and B.....can someone elaborate the same as both the things are mentioned in the passage.


There is a subtle difference between the meaning of both sentence. A) conventions for standard histories in B) The conventions of storytelling in the culture in which a woman storyteller lives

Option A can be eliminated if u pay close attention to the passage.
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Re: Current feminist theory, in validating women's own stories [#permalink] New post 19 Apr 2013, 00:30
hey!!!

couldn't understand why in question 35 option E is correct it is saying " Accepting women's oral narratives less critically
than they accept
women's written histories.

while in the passage it says..

Scholars of women's history should, however, be as cautious about accepting oral narratives at face value as they already are about written memories.
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Re: Current feminist theory, in validating women's own [#permalink] New post 22 Apr 2013, 18:53
vivekdixit07 wrote:
I got all right must be 600 level question. I took lot of time in question 32 between options A and B.....can someone elaborate the same as both the things are mentioned in the passage.


Question 32 as below:
32. According to the passage, which of the following shapes the oral narratives of women storytellers?
(A) The conventions for standard histories in the culture in which a woman storyteller lives
(B) The conventions of storytelling in the culture in which a woman storyteller lives
(C) A woman storyteller's experience with distinctive traditions of storytelling developed by the women in her family of origin
(D) The cultural expectations and experiences of those who listen to oral narratives
(E) A woman storyteller's familiarity with the stories that members of other groups in her culture tell to explain themselves

When I see, 'According to the passage', I just follow what passage tells. We do not need to find intended meaning or purpose. I saw the below line in passage
"Oral narratives are no more likely than are written narratives to provide a disinterested commentary on events or people. Moreover, the stories people tell to explain themselves are shaped by narrative devices and storytelling conventions, as well as by other (20) cultural and historical factors, in ways that the storytellers may be unaware of. "

I also ended up between A & B. but chose (B) finally.

(A) says the conventions for standard histories in the culture. Does this mean the cultural and historical factors? 'Conventions of std. histories in culture' is not same as 'cultural and historical factors'. 'convention of storytelling' is the way or standard in which story is told. Cultural and historical factors are not discussed much in passage except the scenario of second world war. This option is the bouncing ball to distract from correct choice.
(B) Perfectly correct as mentioned in the paragraph.
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Re: Current feminist theory, in validating women's own stories [#permalink] New post 27 May 2013, 22:32
Hey got 2 out of the 6 questions wrong and that too because of a silly mistake.

33rd and 35th are the ones that I got wrong.

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Re: Current feminist theory, in validating women's own stories [#permalink] New post 30 May 2013, 21:43
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In answer to the questions about 35 . . .

At the beginning of the passage, the author tells us that women's oral histories are seen as great way of getting a realistic view of women's lives. However, in lines 12 - 17, the author warns us to be just as careful with oral histories as with written narratives, saying that oral narratives are not any more likely to be disinterested (meaning neutral or balance, not uninterested). The author then goes on to show some of the ways in which these narratives may be shaped or distorted by outside forces. The overall point here is not that these oral histories are bad, but that they aren't necessarily more reliable than other sources of information. This matches (E), which says that the author doesn't want us to accept these narratives "less critically" than written narratives.
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Re: Current feminist theory, in validating women's own stories [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2013, 20:11
I chose option B for qns 36. Could some one please explain why is it wrong?
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Re: Current feminist theory, in validating women's own stories [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2013, 23:14
swati007 wrote:
I chose option B for qns 36. Could some one please explain why is it wrong?


That question targets this part of the text:
"Such narratives, unlike most standard histories, represent
experience from the perspective of women, affirm
the importance of women's contributions, and furnish
(10) present-day women with historical continuity that is
essential to their identity, individually and collectively."


36. According to the passage, each of the following is a
difference between women's oral narratives and most
standard histories EXCEPT:
(A) Women's oral histories validate the significance of women's achievements."affirm the importance of women's contributions"
(B) Women's oral histories depict experience from the point of view of women." represent experience from the perspective of women"
(C) Women's oral histories acknowledge the influence of well-known women.No reference
(D) Women's oral histories present to day's women with a sense of their historical relationship to women of the past."historical continuity"
(E) Women's oral histories are crucial to the collective identity of today's women."essential to their identity, individually and collectively."

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