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The fields of antebellum (pre-Civil War) political history and women’s history
use separate sources and focus Line on separate issues. Political histori-
(5) ans, examining sources such as voting records, newspapers, and politicians’
writings, focus on the emergence in the 1840’s of a new “American political
nation,” and since women were neither (10) voters nor politicians, they receive little
discussion. Women’s historians, meanwhile, have shown little interest in the
subject of party politics, instead drawing on personal papers, legal records
(15) such as wills, and records of female associations to illuminate women’s
domestic lives, their moral reform activities, and the emergence of the
woman’s rights movement. (20) However, most historians have
underestimated the extent and significance of women’s political allegiance
in the antebellum period. For example, in the presidential election campaigns
15 (25) of the 1840’s, the Virginia Whig party strove to win the allegiance of Virginia’s
women by inviting them to rallies and speeches. According to Whig propaganda,
women who turned out at the (30) party’s rallies gathered information
that enabled them to mold party-loyal families, reminded men of moral values
that transcended party loyalty, and conferred moral standing on the party.
(35) Virginia Democrats, in response, began to make similar appeals to
women as well. By the mid-1850’s the inclusion of women in the rituals of
party politics had become common-(40) place, and the ideology that justified
such inclusion had been assimilated
by the Democrats.


Q2:The primary purpose of the passage as a whole is to
A. examine the tactics of antebellum political parties with regard to women
B. trace the effect of politics on the emergence of the woman’s rights movement
C. point out a deficiency in the study of a particular historical period
D. discuss the ideologies of opposing antebellum political parties
E. contrast the methodologies in two differing fields of historical inquiry
[Reveal] Spoiler:
C


Q3:The author of the passage would be most likely to agree with which of the following
statements regarding most historians of the antebellum period?
A. They have failed to adequately contrast the differing roles that women played in
the Democratic and Whig parties in the 1850’s.
B. They have failed to see that political propaganda advocating women’s political
involvement did not reflect the reality of women’s actual roles.
C. They have incorrectly assumed that women’s party loyalty played a small role in
Whig and Democratic party politics.
D. They have misinterpreted descriptions of women’s involvement in party politics
in records of female associations and women’s personal papers.
E. They have overlooked the role that women’s political activities played in the
woman’s rights movement.
[Reveal] Spoiler:
C


Q4:According to the second paragraph of the passage (lines 20-42), Whig propaganda
included the assertion that
A. women should enjoy more political rights than they did
B. women were the most important influences on political attitudes within a family
C. women’s reform activities reminded men of important moral values
D. women’s demonstrations at rallies would influence men’s voting behavior
E. women’s presence at rallies would enhance the moral standing of the party
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E


According to the passage, which of the following was true of Virginia Democrats in the
mid-1850’s?
A. They feared that their party was losing its strong moral foundation.
B. They believed that the Whigs’ inclusion of women in party politics had led to the
Whigs’ success in many elections.
C. They created an ideology that justified the inclusion of women in party politics.
D. They wanted to demonstrate that they were in support of the woman’s rights
movement.
E. They imitated the Whigs’ efforts to include women in the rituals of party politics
[Reveal] Spoiler:
E

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My answers are C, C, B.
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i had C,E,E
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My answers are B,E,E.
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I believe the OA on this are: C C E
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I know that OA on this are: C C E
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New post 07 Dec 2013, 22:28
... i dont get Q4 (the last question)
I was actually not sure whether C or D is right. I picked D. But it turned out E is it.
What do you think about this question?

I think C is out because there were no (mentioned) reform activities.
D is wrong because women did not come to the parade to demonstrate, but rather just to be present (gather information blablabla)
So, E is the only answer choice that was mentioned in the paragraph.
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There is one more question for this RC.

The author of the passage would be most likely to agree with which of the following
statements regarding most historians of the antebellum period?
A. They have failed to adequately contrast the differing roles that women played in
the Democratic and Whig parties in the 1850’s.
B. They have failed to see that political propaganda advocating women’s political
involvement did not reflect the reality of women’s actual roles.
C. They have incorrectly assumed that women’s party loyalty played a small role in
Whig and Democratic party politics.
D. They have misinterpreted descriptions of women’s involvement in party politics
in records of female associations and women’s personal papers.
E. They have overlooked the role that women’s political activities played in the
woman’s rights movement.


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Can someone why E is the answer choice and not C

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There is one more question for this RC.

The author of the passage would be most likely to agree with which of the following
statements regarding most historians of the antebellum period?
A. They have failed to adequately contrast the differing roles that women played in
the Democratic and Whig parties in the 1850’s.
B. They have failed to see that political propaganda advocating women’s political
involvement did not reflect the reality of women’s actual roles.
C. They have incorrectly assumed that women’s party loyalty played a small role in
Whig and Democratic party politics.
D. They have misinterpreted descriptions of women’s involvement in party politics
in records of female associations and women’s personal papers.
E. They have overlooked the role that women’s political activities played in the
woman’s rights movement.


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Can someone why E is the answer choice and not C



However, most historians have underestimated the extent and significance of women’s political allegiance in the antebellum period. For example........

E. They have overlooked the role that women’s political activities played in the woman’s rights movement.

Role(Women political activities) in Women rights movement.

You can read the first line of second para as I stated above. Nowhere "Many historians" mentioned "women rights movement".

However they did underestimated something which option (C) highlights.

Hope that helps!

(C) is the answer choice as per the document that I have for GMATPrep questions !
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Can someone please explain Q3?
I answered incorrectly.
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Can someone please explain Q3?
I answered incorrectly.


Q3: The author of the passage would be most likely to agree with which of the following statements regarding most historians of the antebellum period?


Focus on these words in the pasage:

Political histori-ans, examining sources such as voting records, newspapers, and politicians’ writings, focus on the emergence in the 1840’s of a new “American political nation,” and since women were neither voters nor politicians, they receive little discussion....

Women’s historians, mean- while, have shown little interest in the subject of party politics, ...

However, most historians have underestimated the extent and signifi-cance of women’s political allegiance in the antebellum period....



A. They have failed to adequately contrast the differing roles that women played in the Democratic and Whig parties in the 1850’s.

Two parties were mentioned to stress the fact that women were the focus of political parties in pre-civil war period and historians failed to recognize this fact and not that they failed to adequately contrast the differing roles that women played in the Democratic and Whig parties in the 1850’s. Eliminate.

B. They have failed to see that political propaganda advocating women’s political involvement did not reflect the reality of women’s actual roles.

Similar to A. Two parties were mentioned to stress the fact that women were the focus of political parties in pre-civil war period and historians failed to recognize this fact. Eliminate.


C. They have incorrectly assumed that women’s party loyalty played a small role in Whig and Democratic party politics.

We are given that political historians did not give important to women and women historians showed little interest in the subject of party politics. Then it is also stated that most historians have underestimated the extent and signifi-cance of women’s political allegiance in the antebellum period. Then later on the passage states the role played by women in the politics of the two political parties. Combining all these facts we can infer C.


D. They have misinterpreted descriptions of women’s involvement in party politics in records of female associations and women’s personal papers.

They did not misinterpret the things they analyzed. They kind of ignored that aspect. Eliminate.


E. They have overlooked the role that women’s political activities played in the woman’s rights movement.

Woman’s rights movement was the focus of women's historians only.

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