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Theater Critic: The play La Finestrina, now at [#permalink] New post 22 Dec 2012, 07:53
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Theater Critic: The play La Finestrina, now at CentralTheater, was written in Italy in the eighteenth century. The director claims that this production is as similar to the original production as is possible in a modern theater. Although the actor who plays Harlequin the clown gives a performance very reminiscent of the twentieth-century American comedian Groucho Marx, Marx’s comic style was very much within the comic acting tradition that had begun in sixteenth-century Italy.

The considerations given best serve as part of an argument that

(A) modern audiences would fi nd it hard to tolerate certain characteristics of a historically accurate performance of an eighteenth-century play
(B) Groucho Marx once performed the part of the character Harlequin in La Finestrina
(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
(D) the performance of the actor who plays Harlequin in La Finestrina does not serve as evidence against the director’s claim
(E) the director of La Finestrina must have advised the actor who plays Harlequin to model his performance on comic performances of Groucho Marx

Is this an assumption question? How would you classify this question?
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Re: Theater Critic: The play La Finestrina, now at Central [#permalink] New post 25 Dec 2012, 22:50
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Theater Critic: The play La Finestrina, now at CentralTheater, was written in Italy in the eighteenth century. The director claims that this production is as similar to the original production as is possible in a modern theater. Although the actor who plays Harlequin the clown gives a performance very reminiscent of the twentieth-century American comedian Groucho Marx, Marx’s comic style was very much within the comic acting tradition that had begun in sixteenth-century Italy.

The considerations given best serve as part of an argument that

(A) modern audiences would fi nd it hard to tolerate certain characteristics of a historically accurate performance of an eighteenth-century play
(B) Groucho Marx once performed the part of the character Harlequin in La Finestrina
(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
(D) the performance of the actor who plays Harlequin in La Finestrina does not serve as evidence against the director’s claim
(E) the director of La Finestrina must have advised the actor who plays Harlequin to model his performance on comic performances of Groucho Marx

Is this an assumption question? How would you classify this question?


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It is an inference/conclusion question.

Question stem: The considerations given best serve as part of an argument that

What this means: The given argument supports the argument that ... i.e. the information given to us will best be a part of which of the following arguments? i.e. what is the author trying to say by giving you this information?
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Re: Theater Critic: The play La Finestrina, now at [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2013, 19:56
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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?

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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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Re: Theater Critic: The play La Finestrina, now at Central [#permalink] New post 24 Dec 2012, 07:37
These are those types of questions which are difficult to classify.Problem is that it takes around 20 secs more when we cannot classify..

Guess this is an assumption Question.
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Re: Theater Critic: The play La Finestrina, now at Central [#permalink] New post 24 Dec 2012, 11:15
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Theater Critic: The play La Finestrina, now at CentralTheater, was written in Italy in the eighteenth century. The director claims that this production is as similar to the original production as is possible in a modern theater. Although the actor who plays Harlequin the clown gives a performance very reminiscent of the twentieth-century American comedian Groucho Marx, Marx’s comic style was very much within the comic acting tradition that had begun in sixteenth-century Italy.

The considerations given best serve as part of an argument that

(A) modern audiences would fi nd it hard to tolerate certain characteristics of a historically accurate performance of an eighteenth-century play
(B) Groucho Marx once performed the part of the character Harlequin in La Finestrina
(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
(D) the performance of the actor who plays Harlequin in La Finestrina does not serve as evidence against the director’s claim
(E) the director of La Finestrina must have advised the actor who plays Harlequin to model his performance on comic performances of Groucho Marx

Is this an assumption question? How would you classify this question?


Hi nelz
Seeing your post after long time.......
Well I think its not an assumption question I think that a Claim is presented in the question by the director that he tried to present the play very similar to its old version. This try was max he could do in the modern day. Than A character is described saying that his role is very similar to one of the characters in the old version of the play. Hence the director's claim is not justified because of the acting of the character, who acted in similar lines to his counterpart of the old version.
Now as per the question "The considerations given best serve as part of an argument that" You have to find an option that matches to the truth of director's thinking. This thought is of the author about the director's statement in the light of the evidence presented . hence this is not an assumption question but a type of flaw in the reasoning, this flaw you have to find in director's statement using the evidence presented in the question.
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Re: Theater Critic: The play La Finestrina, now at Central [#permalink] New post 24 Dec 2012, 21:18
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nelz007 wrote:
Theater Critic: The play La Finestrina, now at CentralTheater, was written in Italy in the eighteenth century. The director claims that this production is as similar to the original production as is possible in a modern theater. Although the actor who plays Harlequin the clown gives a performance very reminiscent of the twentieth-century American comedian Groucho Marx, Marx’s comic style was very much within the comic acting tradition that had begun in sixteenth-century Italy.

The considerations given best serve as part of an argument that

(A) modern audiences would fi nd it hard to tolerate certain characteristics of a historically accurate performance of an eighteenth-century play
(B) Groucho Marx once performed the part of the character Harlequin in La Finestrina
(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
(D) the performance of the actor who plays Harlequin in La Finestrina does not serve as evidence against the director’s claim
(E) the director of La Finestrina must have advised the actor who plays Harlequin to model his performance on comic performances of Groucho Marx

Is this an assumption question? How would you classify this question?


Hi nelz
Seeing your post after long time.......
Well I think its not an assumption question I think that a Claim is presented in the question by the director that he tried to present the play very similar to its old version. This try was max he could do in the modern day. Than A character is described saying that his role is very similar to one of the characters in the old version of the play. Hence the director's claim is not justified because of the acting of the character, who acted in similar lines to his counterpart of the old version.
Now as per the question "The considerations given best serve as part of an argument that" You have to find an option that matches to the truth of director's thinking. This thought is of the author about the director's statement in the light of the evidence presented . hence this is not an assumption question but a type of flaw in the reasoning, this flaw you have to find in director's statement using the evidence presented in the question.
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Haha yeah! haven't been very active on forums lately... so it can't be classified into a category? I don't think any other OG question have this particular question stem. I didn't find the question tough but time consuming would be nice to have a good strategy on how to approach these questions.

Have you seen this question stem anywhere else?
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Re: Theater Critic: The play La Finestrina, now at Central [#permalink] New post 25 Dec 2012, 07:52
I cannnot recall exactly...bt fr sure if i see i ll post on the forum...
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Re: Theater Critic: The play La Finestrina, now at [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2013, 03:21
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
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