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Cezanne's art inspired the next generation of artists

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Cezanne's art inspired the next generation of artists, twentieth-century modernist creators of abstract art. While most experts rank Cezanne as an early modernist, a small few reject this idea. Francoise Cachin, for example, bluntly states that such an ascription is "overplayed", and says that Cezanne's work is "too often observed from a modern point of view".

Which one of the following statements is most strongly supported by the information above?

A. Cezanne's work is highly controversial.
B. Cezanne was an early creator of abstract art.
C. Cezanne's work helped to develop modernism.
D. Modern art owes less to Cezanne than many experts believe.
E. Cezanne's work tends to be misinterpreted as modernist.

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Cezanne's art inspired the next generation of artists, twentieth-century modernist creators of abstract art. While most experts rank Cezzanne as an early modernist, a small few reject this idea. Francoise Cachin, for example, bluntly states that such an ascription is "overplayed", and says that Cezanne's work is "too often observed from a modern point of view".

Which one of the following statements is most strongly supported by the information above?

A. Cezanne's work is highly controversial.
It is mentioned as 'a small few ' reject, so HIGHLY is too extreme...NO

B. Cezanne was an early creator of abstract art.
he inspired them. Also the surety WAS is not 100%.....NO

C. Cezanne's work helped to develop modernism.
There is no controversy on this point by the larger or smaller group.....YES

D. Modern art owes less to Cezanne than many experts believe.
Again nothing in para says it for sure.....NO

E. Cezanne's work tends to be misinterpreted as modernist.
Nothing in para debates this point....NO

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New post 16 Aug 2017, 04:26
The correct answer choice is (C) The final three problems in this section are
harder than the previous five. This problem is answered correctly by about
45% of test takers and is classified as difficult (the hardest GMAT questions
have success rates under 20%. Fortunately, questions this difficult appear
infrequently). Students can miss questions for a variety of reasons: 1. The
stimulus is difficult to understand. 2. The question stem is difficult to classify
(very rare) or confusing. 3. The correct answer is deceptive, causing students
to avoid it. 4. One (or more) of the incorrect answers is attractive, drawing
students to it. Given that the stimulus is a simple fact set and that none of the
incorrect answers attracted more than 15% of test takers, the difficulty in this
problem apparently lies in the correct answer. Answer choice (A): The
controversy in the stimulus is about the categorization of Cézanne as an
artist, not about Cézanne’s work. Further, even if the answer did correctly
reference the categorization controversy, the answer would still be suspect
because of the word “highly.” The stimulus indicates that only a small few
reject the categorization of Cézanne as an early modernist and most experts
accept it. Answer choice (B): The stimulus asserts that Cézanne inspired the
creators of abstract art, not that Cézanne himself created abstract art.
Answer choice (C): This correct answer is a paraphrase of the first sentence.
The deceptiveness of this answer lies in two areas: 1. The substitution of
“develop” for “inspire.” Some students feel the word “develop” is too strong,
but if Cézanne inspired the creators of the next generation of art then he
helped develop it. 2. The use of the word “modernism.” Some students are
thrown off by “modernism” because they expect to see “abstract” instead.
The stimulus is careful about saying “twentieth-century modernist creators of
abstract art.” Notice how the test makers use answer choice (B)—which
mentions “abstract”—to subtly prepare you to make this error. Answer choice
(D): The first sentence indicates that Cézanne inspired the modernist
creators. The rest of the stimulus discusses a disagreement about the
categorization of Cézanne that is not resolved in favor of either group. Hence,
there is no way for us to determine if modern art owes less to Cézanne than
many experts believe. Answer choice (E): The word “tends” is the problem in
this answer choice. Logically, “tends” means “most.” So, according to answer
choice (E), Cézanne’s work is usually misinterpreted as modernist. The
stimulus disagrees with this view: only a “small few” reject the categorization
of Cézanne as a modernist whereas the majority accepts it. Further, the
disagreement in the stimulus involves art experts, and from their view we
would dispute answer choice (E). Answer choice (E) can also be understood
as involving all interpretation of Cézanne’s work—whether by art expert or
not—and from this perspective the answer is still unsupported since the
views of others are not discussed in the stimulus.
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