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Two works published in 1984 demonstrate contrasting [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2011, 14:59
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Two works published in 1984 demonstrate
contrasting approaches to writing the history of
United States women. Buel and Buel’s biography of
Mary Fish (1736–1818) makes little effort to place
her story in the context of recent historiography on

women. Lebsock, meanwhile, attempts not only to
write the history of women in one southern
community, but also to redirect two decades of
historiographical debate as to whether women
gained or lost status in the nineteenth century as

compared with the eighteenth century. Although
both books offer the reader the opportunity to
assess this controversy regarding women’s status,
only Lebsock’s deals with it directly. She examines
several different aspects of women’s status, helping

to refi ne and resolve the issues. She concludes that
while women gained autonomy in some areas,
especially in the private sphere, they lost it in many
aspects of the economic sphere. More importantly,
she shows that the debate itself depends on frame

of reference: in many respects, women lost power
in relation to men, for example, as certain jobs
(delivering babies, supervising schools) were taken
over by men. Yet women also gained power in
comparison with their previous status, owning a

higher proportion of real estate, for example. In
contrast, Buel and Buel’s biography provides ample
raw material for questioning the myth, fostered by
some historians, of a colonial golden age in the
eighteenth century but does not give the reader

much guidance in analyzing the controversy over
women’s status.


81. The passage suggests that Buel and Buel’s biography
of Mary Fish provides evidence for which of the
following views of women’s history?

(A) Women have lost power in relation to men since
the colonial era.
(B) Women of the colonial era were not as likely to
be concerned with their status as were women
in the nineteenth century.
(C) The colonial era was not as favorable for women
as some historians have believed.
(D) Women had more economic autonomy in the
colonial era than in the nineteenth century.
(E) Women’s occupations were generally more
respected in the colonial era than in the
nineteenth century.

Any thoughts about this ?

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Re: OG 12 RC [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2011, 17:39
Reading these lines the answer is C. The passage head starts with the controversy about the status of women and by the end it says problem was worse than some historians conjecture. Read the last line

In contrast, Buel and Buel’s biography provides ample
raw material for questioning the myth, fostered by
some historians, of a colonial golden age in the
eighteenth century but does not give the reader
much guidance in analyzing the controversy over
women’s status.

myth = women gained status in some sphere and lost in some sphere
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Re: OG 12 RC [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2011, 10:03
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Reading these lines the answer is C. The passage head starts with the controversy about the status of women and by the end it says problem was worse than some historians conjecture. Read the last line

In contrast, Buel and Buel’s biography provides ample
raw material for questioning the myth, fostered by
some historians, of a colonial golden age in the
eighteenth century but does not give the reader
much guidance in analyzing the controversy over
women’s status.

myth = women gained status in some sphere and lost in some sphere



The last line says "but does not give the reader much guidance in analyzing the controversy " -> It doesnt say anything about the status. Again, it was not historians conjecture. "questioning the myth" was fostered doesn't mean historians guessed somethng. I am still not clear why C) is correct. May be I am missing something.

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Re: OG 12 RC [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2011, 20:00
C by POE , and as stated in the last line. one has to draw the inference .
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Re: OG 12 RC [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2011, 08:16
Just paraphase this ..
Yet women also gained power in comparison with their previous status, owning a higher proportion of real estate, for example. In contrast, Buel and Buel’s biography provides ample raw material for questioning the myth, fostered by some historians

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Re: OG 12 RC [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2011, 10:34
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Buel and Buel’s biography provides evidence but doesnt take a call on the myth or guide how to analyse the evidence...
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Re: OG 12 RC [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2011, 02:56
this was the hardest question I came across till passage 15 in OG-12. Did not have a clue. :oops:
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Re: Two works published in 1984 demonstrate contrasting [#permalink] New post 19 Dec 2011, 03:46
C it is.
The last line mentions that some historians believed that there was a colonial golden age in the eighteenth century. But the words "myth" and "fostered" tell us that the truth is different. The "golden age" that some historians believed existed did not actually exist. That can be rewritten as option C.
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