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# Unlike other forms of narrative art , a play, to be

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Unlike other forms of narrative art , a play, to be successful, must give pleasure to its immediate audience by reflecting the concerns and values of that audience. A novel can achieve success over months or even years, but a play must be a hit or perish, Successful drama of the Restoration period, therefore, in a good index to the typical tastes and attitudes of its time.

The author of the above passage assumes that

A) plays written for restoration audiences do not appeal to modern audiences.
B) plays are superior to novels as a form of narrative art
C) Restoration audiences were representative of the whole population of their time
D) playgoers and novel readers are typically distinct and exclusive groups.
E) Restoration drama achieved popular success at the expense of critical success.
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06 Oct 2012, 16:34
C is correct.

Premises:
- a play must give pleasure to its immediate audience, unlike novels who have months/years to please readers.
- a play must give pleasure to its immediate audience by reflecting the concerns and values of that audience

Conclusion:
- Successful drama of the Restoration period in(is??) a good index to the typical tastes and attitudes of its time.

Assumption : Successful drama of the Restoration period agreed with tastes and attitudes of many people. i.e. Many people of the Restoration period enjoyed the drama.

A) plays written for restoration audiences do not appeal to modern audiences. >> Argument doesn't say this.
B) plays are superior to novels as a form of narrative art >> dramas and plays are compared, but author doesn't say which one is superior
C) Restoration audiences were representative of the whole population of their time >> Correct. This is the assumption. Negating this (very few people enjoyed Restoration drama) we can shatter the conclusion.
D) playgoers and novel readers are typically distinct and exclusive groups. >> Out of scope
E) Restoration drama achieved popular success at the expense of critical success >> Argument doesn't say this.
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09 Oct 2012, 01:29
The restoration audience must represent of the whole population of at a time, then the conclusion will be accepted. Without that, the audience in the argument is not representative. Then the argument will be collapsed.
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