I do not know what to look for in answer choices. this question is hard because we do not know what to do with answer choices.
what is purpose of this consideration?
is the type of question here
As I said above, it is an inference/conclusion question. The wording of the question is a little typical, I agree, and you need to put in some effort to figure out what it means. The gist of the question is: what is the author trying to say by giving you this information? What can you infer/conclude from the given argument?
The play La Finestrina was written in Italy in the eighteenth century.
The director claims that this production is as similar to the original production (18th century production).
Although the actor who plays Harlequin gives a performance very reminiscent of the twentieth-century comedian Groucho Marx, Marx’s comic style had begun in sixteenth-century Italy.
(So basically, Harlequin's performance reminds one of Marx's style but Marx's used a style that had originated in the 16th century. So Harlequin's performance is old style)
Which of the following can we conclude:
(A) modern audiences would fi nd it hard to tolerate certain characteristics of a historically accurate performance of an eighteenth-century play
No such info available. The argument says that it may not be possible to replicate the play exactly but why, we do not know. Is it because of the technology or actors or audience, we cannot say.
(B) Groucho Marx once performed the part of the character Harlequin in La Finestrina
No such info given
(C) in the United States the training of actors in the twentieth century is based on principles that do not differ radically from those that underlay the training of actors in eighteenth-century Italy
The argument only talks about one particular 20th century actor, Marx, not about actors in general. So we cannot say this.
(D) the performance of the actor who plays Harlequin in La Finestrina does not serve as evidence against the director’s claim
The director claims that his production is similar to the original 18th century production. Even though the performance of the guy who plays Harlequin reminds us of Marx, the 20th century comedian, his style was old school. Hence, the guy's style was old school. So his performance is not evidence against the director's claim. True. Hence this is the answer.
(E) the director of La Finestrina must have advised the actor who plays Harlequin to model his performance on comic performances of Groucho Marx
We don't know who told the actor to model his performance on Marx or whether he did it on his own or whether his style is actually similar to Marx's.
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