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Historians who study European women of the Renaissance try [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2008, 23:27
Historians who study European
women of the Renaissance try to mea-
sure “independence,” “options,” and
Line other indicators of the degree to which
(5) the expression of women’s individuality
was either permitted or suppressed.
Influenced by Western individualism,
these historians define a peculiar form
of personhood: an innately bounded
(10) unit, autonomous and standing apart
from both nature and society. An
anthropologist, however, would contend
that a person can be conceived in ways
other than as an “individual.” In many
(15) societies a person’s identity is not
intrinsically unique and self-contained
but instead is defined within a complex
web of social relationships.
In her study of the fifteenth-century
(20) Florentine widow Alessandra Strozzi, a
historian who specializes in European
women of the Renaissance attributes
individual intention and authorship of
actions to her subject. This historian
(25) assumes that Alessandra had goals
and interests different from those of her
sons, yet much of the historian’s own
research reveals that Alessandra
acted primarily as a champion of her
(30) sons’ interests, taking their goals as
her own. Thus Alessandra conforms
more closely to the anthropologist’s
notion that personal motivation is
embedded in a social context. Indeed,
(35) one could argue that Alessandra did
not distinguish her personhood from
that of her sons. In Renaissance
Europe the boundaries of the con-
ceptual self were not always firm
(40) and closed and did not necessarily
coincide with the boundaries of
the bodily self.

Q> The passage suggests that the historian mentioned in the second paragraph (lines 19-42) would be most likely to agree with which of the following assertions regarding Alessandra Strozzi?

A. Alessandra was able to act more independently than most women of her time because she was a widow.
B. Alessandra was aware that her personal motivation was embedded in a social context.
C. Alessandra had goals and interests similar to those of many other widows in her society.
D. Alessandra is an example of a Renaissance woman who expressed her individuality through independent action.
E. Alessandra was exceptional because she was able to effect changes in the social constraints placed upon women in her society.

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Re: RC-GMAT SET [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2008, 03:03
May be, D. If it is correct I can explain it.
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Re: RC-GMAT SET [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2008, 05:57
I'm not certain. But I'd pick D based on the following information:

In her study of the fifteenth-century
(20) Florentine widow Alessandra Strozzi, a
historian who specializes in European
women of the Renaissance attributes
individual intention and authorship of
actions to her subject.


Please make sure to post the OA
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Re: RC-GMAT SET [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2008, 10:09
OA is C. Hint-Use POE and read the second para completely.
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Re: RC-GMAT SET [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2008, 10:16
Could you point me to the lines the para that prompted you to pick C.
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Re: RC-GMAT SET [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2008, 10:19
Good one.

Narrowed to C and D. However, I picked D.
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Re: RC-GMAT SET [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2008, 10:31
Hi hanumayamma - why D?
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Re: RC-GMAT SET [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2012, 12:14
marshpa wrote:
OA is C. Hint-Use POE and read the second para completely.


Can you please tell me why it is C?
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