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# Theater Critic: The play La Finestrina, now at Central

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Theater Critic: The play La Finestrina, now at Central Theater, 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 find 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

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06 Nov 2009, 21:07
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can someone explain between C and D?

C: why do you want to generalize that the training of 'all' actors is based on the principles ...?
D: to the point, only talks about the actor who played Harlequin.
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Couldn't Agree more with Economist, got to be option D..
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Couldn't Agree more with Economist, got to be option D..
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For this particular question, the correct answer must rely solely on information found in the passage. Only choice D adheres to this rule. The other options introduce outside or irrelevant information.
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29 Sep 2009, 20:43
Something similar to must be true
I go for D. D asserts the director's claim.
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30 Sep 2009, 03:22
Using the elimination method, I go for "D"
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30 Sep 2009, 05:57
I agree D.
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02 Oct 2009, 12:04
Good job everyone!

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The actor’s performance was reminiscent of someone who fell within a tradition going back to sixteenth-century Italy. The play was written, and therefore was likely first performed, in eighteenth-century Italy. All of this suggests that there could be a similarity between the performances of Harlequin in the local production and in the original production. While the two performances might have been quite dissimilar, there is nothing here that supports that.

A Regardless of how plausible this option might be on its own merits, the passage provides no support for it because the passage provides no information about the characteristics of a historically accurate performance of an eighteenth-century play.

B Th e passage neither says this nor implies it.

C Th e passage says nothing about the training of actors, so this option would be supported by the passage only in a very roundabout, indirect way.

D Correct. Th is is the option that the considerations most support.

E Th at the performance reminded the theater critic of Groucho Marx hardly shows that the similarity was intentional, let alone that it was at the director’s instruction.

Th e correct answer is D.
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06 Nov 2009, 18:17
can someone explain between C and D?
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21 Sep 2012, 07:49
I wonder if this Qs can be completed by anybody in less than 2.5 mins.. the way I arrived at the answer :re read the premise again , didn;t make much sense.. educated guess mode ON: saw there is claim word and although .. whenever you see . some people claim.. , you always have a negative thing coming after that, .. scanned answer choices..D seemed to fit teh bill .. had the negative thing that was needed after claim..
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