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Historian: The term “Baroque” refers to a style of architecture that developed along with absolutist governments in seventeenth century Europe. Works of Baroque architecture were characterized by opulence and grandeur and were often commissioned by leaders wishing to gain support in the race to expand their influence in newly-discovered North and South America. Because of its role in this early form of nation-building, Baroque architecture can be considered as much a tool of propaganda as a form of artistic expression.

If all of the statements above are true, which of the following can properly be inferred on the basis of them?

(A) Architecture of the Baroque period often served the purpose of increasing political power.
(B) Absolutist rulers spent much of their countries’ wealth on Baroque works constructed in North and South America.
(C) Baroque architecture was the first artistic style to be inspired by a new form of government.
(D) Older, less politically-influenced forms of architecture displayed little opulence or grandeur.
(E) Architects of the Baroque period could be more rightly considered politicians than artists.

I disagree with the OA.

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Reasoning: Which is an inference that can be drawn from the passage? The historian claims a connection between the opulence and grandeur of Baroque architecture and the political power of absolutist governments. The connection between political and artistic forms of power allowed Baroque architecture to be used as a tool of propaganda. Propaganda, by definition, means the spreading of ideas in support of a (usually political) cause.

According to the passage, Baroque architecture had a role in the nation-building of absolutist governments. Specifically, that role was as propaganda, or as a method of increasing political power.


While this explanation is obviously correct, I disagree that you can infer answer A from this logic. A states that architecture of the Baroque era often served the political purpose - not that Baroque architecture often served this purpose. We only know that the specific subset of Baroque architecture from this period of time served this purpose, and we don't know how much of all architecture was actually Baroque, and how much was older styles.

I went for answer E, which you can directly conclude from the last line of the passage: "Because of its role in this early form of nation-building, Baroque architecture can be considered as much a tool of propaganda as a form of artistic expression."

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Re: Baroque architecture (GMAT Club Test v06) [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2010, 19:11
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Using the fact test.

Apart from choice A none of the other choices have been directly referred in the argument.

B. countries’ wealth ?
C. first artistic style ?
D. Older, less politically-influenced forms ?
E. Architects ?

Hence A wins.
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Re: Baroque architecture (GMAT Club Test v06) [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2010, 11:48
I went for A
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Re: Baroque architecture (GMAT Club Test v06) [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2010, 12:25
I went for A too :)
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Re: Baroque architecture (GMAT Club Test v06) [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2010, 09:05
[A] is the obvious choice. Can someone please post the difficulty level of this question? Is it a 600-650 one?
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Re: Baroque architecture (GMAT Club Test v06) [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2010, 05:22
Has anyone read my post?
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Re: Baroque architecture (GMAT Club Test v06) [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2011, 13:40
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The passage talks about architecture. There is no reference made about architects in that period.
That is why I ruled out E.

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GMAT CLUB:VERBAL TEST 6 CR QUESTIONS [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2011, 04:44
Historian: The term “Baroque” refers to a style of architecture that developed along with absolutist governments in seventeenth century Europe. Works of Baroque architecture were characterized by opulence and grandeur and were often commissioned by leaders wishing to gain support in the race to expand their influence in newly-discovered North and South America. Because of its role in this early form of nation-building, Baroque architecture can be considered as much a tool of propaganda as a form of artistic expression.
If all of the statements above are true, which of the following can properly be inferred on the basis of them?

•Architecture of the Baroque period often served the purpose of increasing political power.
•Absolutist rulers spent much of their countries’ wealth on Baroque works constructed in North and South America.
•Baroque architecture was the first artistic style to be inspired by a new form of government.
•Older, less politically-influenced forms of architecture displayed little opulence or grandeur.
•Architects of the Baroque period could be more rightly considered politicians than artists.
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Re: GMAT CLUB:VERBAL TEST 6 CR QUESTIONS [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2011, 05:06
Is it A?
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Re: GMAT CLUB:VERBAL TEST 6 CR QUESTIONS [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2011, 06:29
+1 for A
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Re: Historian : The term Baroque refers to a style of [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2012, 00:27
only A comes closer as correct answer....though it is debatable because it's unclear from stimulus whether it served its purpose or not.
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