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# A medieval manuscript called L contains all eighteen extant

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25 Jun 2017, 20:39
I am having trouble understanding why E is correct. How can we conclude that Electra doesn't have commentary in any extant manuscripts? Could it not have commentary elsewhere, but that commentary wasn't included with package L? The passage doesn't say anything about the Alphabeticals not having commentary anywhere...

E. Euripides’ Electra does not appear accompanied by a commentary in any extant medieval manuscript.

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07 Aug 2017, 02:21
The argument tells us that a medieval manuscript ‘L’ contains all 18 existing plays written by Euripides. Out of the 18, 10 plays are accompanied by commentary and also feature in other manuscripts. The other 8 plays do not have commentaries and they appear in ‘L’ in an alphabetical order. The play ‘Medea’ appears in these last 8 plays. We need to pick up some information that merely rephrases the argument without adding any assumption or external information from our own side.

We know that the 10 plays that had commentaries included some of Euripides’ best-known works. But to say that only the best known works have commentaries will be an assumption on our part which is not supported by the passage.
Same as A. To say that they had commentaries because of the fact that they were the best works is our assumption. They could have had commentaries simply because they were accessible to scholars doing research and writing commentaries in ancient times.
Wrong information. The document ‘L’ does contain a commentary on ‘Electra’, which is part of the 10 plays.
Wrong information. ‘L’ does not have a commentary on the ‘Medea’.
Correct. If ‘L’ contains all the 18 extant tragedies and if ‘Medea’ is not accompanied by a commentary in ‘L’, then this information must be true.

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06 Oct 2017, 10:14
The other eight, which appear only in L, are call the "alphabeticals" because they appear in alphabetical order, without commentary.. lOok at these lines.. It says none of alphabeticals have commentary as said in option E

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