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In mid-February 1917, a women's movement independent of political affiliation erupted in New York City, the strong holder of the socialist party in the United States. Protesting against the high cost of living, thousands of women refused to buy chickens, fish, and vegetables. The boycott shut down much of the cities?foodstuff marketing for two week, riveting public attention on the issues of food prices, which had increased partly as a result of increased of exports of food to Europe that had been occurring since the outbreak of First World War.

By 1917 the socialist party had established itself as a major political presence in New York City. New York Socialists, whose customary sphere of struggle electoral work and trade union organizing, seized the opportunity and quickly organized struggle was valuable insofar as it moved United States on step closer to socialism.

Although the New York Socialists saw the cost-of-living issue as, at best, secondary to tertiary to the real task at hand, the boycotters, by sharp contrast, joined the price protest to movement out of an urgent and deeply felt commitment to the cost-of-living issue. A shared experience of swiftly declining living standards caused by rising food price drove these women to protest. Consumers organizing spoke directly to their daily lives and concerns; they saw cheaper food as a valuable end in itself. Food price protests were these women's way of organizing at their own workplace, as workers whose occupation was shopping and preparing food for their families.

The author suggests which of the following about New York Socialists?commitment to the cost-of-living movement?

A. It lasted for a relatively short period of time

B. It was stronger than their commitment to the suffrage struggle.

C. It predated the cost-of-living protest that erupted in 1917.

D. It coincided with their attempts to bring more women into union organizing.

E. It explained the popularity of the Socialist party in NYC.

It can be inferred from the passage that the goal of the boycotting women was the

A. development of a more socialistic society

B. concentration of a widespread consumer protest on the more narrow issue of food prices.

C. development of one among a number of different approaches.

D. that the women wished to employ in combating the high cost of price.

E. attraction of more public interest to issues that the women and the socialist considered important.

Which of the following best states the function of the passage as a whole?

A. To contrast the views hold by the Socialist party and the boycotting women in the cost-of-living issue.

B. To analyze the assumption underlying opposing viewpoints with the NY socialist party of 1917

C. To provide a historical perspective on different approaches to the resolution of cost-of-living issue.

D. To chronicle the sequence of events that lead to the NY socialist party's emergency as a political power.

E. To analyze the motivations behind the socialist party's involvement in the women's suffrage movement.


Let us discuss. Have OAs but do not think they are correct. So whatever we can conclude here will take as the OA.
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2006, 00:32
I wud say (A) (B) (E)
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2006, 01:05
A, B and A

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 [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2006, 08:21
Highlight below for OAs
OAs: D, C, C (These answers may be incorrect so we need to come up with right answers through discussion)

I selected: B , B, A
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2006, 09:54
Since we agree on second one B... I will try to explain first and third

The author suggests which of the following about New York Socialists?commitment to the cost-of-living movement?
A. It lasted for a relatively short period of time
B. It was stronger than their commitment to the suffrage struggle.
Not mentioned
C. It predated the cost-of-living protest that erupted in 1917.
the time period was not pre 1917
D. It coincided with their attempts to bring more women into union organizing.
no mention of bringing more women into union
E. It explained the popularity of the Socialist party in NYC.
irrelevant

Which of the following best states the function of the passage as a whole?
A. To contrast the views hold by the Socialist party and the boycotting women in the cost-of-living issue.
Yeah. passage suggest kind of ignorance/tertiary priority by social party vs prime importance by boycotting women
B. To analyze the assumption underlying opposing viewpoints with the NY socialist party of 1917
socialist party is not central idea
C. To provide a historical perspective on different approaches to the resolution of cost-of-living issue.
passage discusses only one approach. too broad a choice
D. To chronicle the sequence of events that lead to the NY socialist party's emergency as a political power.
socialist party is not central idea
E. To analyze the motivations behind the socialist party's involvement in the women's suffrage movement.
socialist party is not central idea
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2006, 11:09
I agree with choices 2 and 3 however for question 1, I think the right answer is D..there's no mention of the time period..on the other hand the passage does hint that the underlying motive of socialists was union organizing though it does not explicitly refer to women
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