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# Current feminist theory, in validating women s own stories

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Current feminist theory, in validating women’s own stories of their experience, has encouraged scholars of women’s history to view the use of women’s oral narratives as the methodology, next to the use of women’s written autobiography, that brings historians closest to the “reality” of women’s lives. Such narratives, unlike most standard histories, represent experience from the perspective of women, afﬁrm the importance of women’s contributions, and furnish present-day women with historical continuity that is essential to their identity, individually and collectively.

Scholars of women’s history should, however, be as cautious about accepting oral narratives at face value as they already are about written memories. Oral narratives are no more likely than are written narratives to provide a disinterested commentary on events or people. Moreover, the stories people tell to explain themselves are shaped by narrative devices and storytelling conventions, as well as by other cultural and historical factors, in ways that the storytellers may be unaware of. The political rhetoric of a particular era, for example, may inﬂuence women’s interpretations of the signiﬁcance of their experience. Thus a woman who views the Second World War as pivotal in increasing the social acceptance of women’s paid work outside the home may reach that conclusion partly and unwittingly because of wartime rhetoric encouraging a positive view of women’s participation in such work.
31. The passage is primarily concerned with
(A) contrasting the benefits of one methodology with the benefits of another
(B) describing the historical origins and inherent drawbacks of a particular methodology
(C) discussing the appeal of a particular methodology and some concerns about its use
(D) showing that some historians' adoption of a particular methodology has led to criticism of recent historical scholarship
(E) analyzing the influence of current feminist views on women's interpretations of their experience

[Reveal] Spoiler:
C

32. According to the passage, which of the following shapes the oral narratives of women storytellers?
(A) The conventions for standard histories in the culture in which a woman storyteller lives
(B) The conventions of storytelling in the culture in which a woman storyteller lives
(C) A woman storyteller's experience with distinctive traditions of storytelling developed by the women in her family of origin
(D) The cultural expectations and experiences of those who listen to oral narratives
(E) A woman storyteller's familiarity with the stories that members of other groups in her culture tell to explain themselves

[Reveal] Spoiler:
B

33. The author of the passage would be most likely to make which of the following recommendations to scholars of women's history?
(A) They should take into account their own life experiences when interpreting the oral accounts of women's historical experiences.
(B) They should assume that the observations made in women's oral narratives are believed by the intended audience of the story.
(C) They should treat skeptically observations reported in oral narratives unless the observations can be confirmed in standard histories.
(D) They should consider the cultural and historical context in which an oral narrative was created before arriving at an interpretation of such a narrative.
(E) They should rely on information gathered from oral narratives only when equivalent information is not available in standard histories.

[Reveal] Spoiler:
D

34. Which of the following best describes the function of the last sentence of the passage?
(A) It describes an event that historians view as crucial in recent women's history.
(B) It provides an example of how political rhetoric may influence the interpretations of experience reported in women's oral narratives.
(C) It provides an example of an oral narrative that inaccurately describes women's experience during a particular historical period.
(D) It illustrates the point that some women are more aware than others of the social forces that shape their oral narratives.
(E) It identifies the historical conditions that led to the social acceptance of women's paid work outside the home.

[Reveal] Spoiler:
B

35. According to the passage, scholars of women's history should refrain from doing which of the following?
(A) Relying on traditional historical sources when women's oral narratives are unavailable
(B) Focusing on the influence of political rhetoric on women's perceptions to the exclusion of other equally important factors
(C) Attempting to discover the cultural and historical factors that influence the stories women tell
(D) Assuming that the conventions of women's written autobiographies are similar to the conventions of women's oral narratives
(E) Accepting women's oral narratives less critically than they accept women's written histories

[Reveal] Spoiler:
E

36. According to the passage, each of the following is a difference between women's oral narratives and most standard histories EXCEPT:
(A) Women's oral histories validate the significance of women's achievements.
(B) Women's oral histories depict experience from the point of view of women.
(C) Women's oral histories acknowledge the influence of well-known women.
(D) Women's oral histories present to day's women with a sense of their historical relationship to women of the past.
(E) Women's oral histories are crucial to the collective identity of today's women.

[Reveal] Spoiler:
C

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06 Sep 2012, 16:25
My answers are CBDBEC. As everything else matches, let me try to explain why I answered D for 3

The author of the passage would be most likely to make which of the following recommendations to
scholars of women’s history?

(A) They should take into account their own life experiences when interpreting the oral accounts
of women’s historical experiences.
i dont think the author intended this, what he/she intended was to take it in perpective (historical and cultural)

(B) They should assume that the observations made in women’s oral narratives are believed by the
intended audience of the story.

(C) They should treat skeptically observations reported in oral narratives unless the
observations can be conﬁ rmed in standard histories.
yes, we should treat skeptically, but did not mention that standard histories have to confirm this
(D) They should consider the cultural and historical context in which an oral narrative was created
before arriving at an interpretation of such a narrative.
yes, this is what the author says
Quote:
Moreover, the stories people tell to
explain themselves are shaped by narrative devices
and storytelling conventions, as well as by other
cultural and historical factors

(E) They should rely on information gathered from oral narratives only when equivalent information
is not available in standard histories.
it does not say that author feels the oral narratives are secondary

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Got the fifth question wrong.

According to the passage, scholars of women’s history should refrain from doing which of the following?

The answer to the fifth question lies in this part:
Scholars of women’s history should, however, be as cautious about accepting oral narratives at face value as they already are about written memories.

If they are supposed to be as cautious in interpreting written memories as the oral narratives, that means that they should not less critical towards either one of them.

(A) Relying on traditional historical sources when women’s oral narratives are unavailable NO mention of using either one.
(B) Focusing on the inﬂuence of political rhetoric on women’s perceptions to the exclusion of other equally important factors NO mention of using one factor over another when assesing perceptions.
(C) Attempting to discover the cultural and historical factors that inﬂuence the stories women tell The passage suggests that we SHOULD discover the underlying factors.This is a opposite answer.
(D) Assuming that the conventions of women’s written autobiographies are similar to the conventions of women’s oral narratives There is mention of convention in oral narratives but no mention of convention in writter autobiographies. This is a partially correct answer.
(E) Accepting women’s oral narratives less critically than they accept women’s written histories CORRECT

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25 Jul 2015, 21:37
how is OA not E? Is the analysis of feminist theory happening here?

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25 Jul 2015, 22:19
akrish1982 wrote:
My answers are CBDBEC. As everything else matches, let me try to explain why I answered D for 3

The author of the passage would be most likely to make which of the following recommendations to
scholars of women’s history?

(A) They should take into account their own life experiences when interpreting the oral accounts
of women’s historical experiences.
i dont think the author intended this, what he/she intended was to take it in perpective (historical and cultural)

(B) They should assume that the observations made in women’s oral narratives are believed by the
intended audience of the story.

(C) They should treat skeptically observations reported in oral narratives unless the
observations can be conﬁ rmed in standard histories.
yes, we should treat skeptically, but did not mention that standard histories have to confirm this
(D) They should consider the cultural and historical context in which an oral narrative was created
before arriving at an interpretation of such a narrative.
yes, this is what the author says
Quote:
Moreover, the stories people tell to
explain themselves are shaped by narrative devices
and storytelling conventions, as well as by other
cultural and historical factors

(E) They should rely on information gathered from oral narratives only when equivalent information
is not available in standard histories.
it does not say that author feels the oral narratives are secondary

The passage does use the word Cautious in the sentence "Scholars of women’s history should, however, be as cautious about accepting oral narratives at face value as they already are about written memories." So I picked C

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Current feminist theory, in validating women’s own stories of their experience, has encouraged scholars of women’s history to view the use of women’s oral narratives as the methodology, next to the use of women’s written autobiography, that brings historians closest to the “reality” of women’s lives. Such narratives, unlike most standard histories, represent experience from the perspective of women, afﬁrm the importance of women’s contributions, and furnish present-day women with historical continuity that is essential to their identity, individually and collectively.

Scholars of women’s history should, however, be as cautious about accepting oral narratives at face value as they already are about written memories. Oral narratives are no more likely than are written narratives to provide a disinterested commentary on events or people. Moreover, the stories people tell to explain themselves are shaped by narrative devices
and storytelling conventions, as well as by other cultural and historical factors, in ways that the storytellers may be unaware of. The political rhetoric of a particular era, for example, may inﬂuence women’s interpretations of the signiﬁcance of their experience. Thus a woman who views the Second World War as pivotal in increasing the social acceptance of women’s paid work outside the home may reach that conclusion partly and unwittingly because of wartime rhetoric encouraging a positive view of women’s participation in such work.
3l. The passage is primarily concerned with
(A) contrasting the benefits of one methodology with the benefits of another
(B) describing the historical origins and inherent drawbacks of a particular methodology
(C) discussing the appeal of a particular methodology and some concerns about its use
(D) showing that some historians' adoption of a particular methodology has led to criticism of recent historical scholarship
(E) analyzing the influence of current feminist views on women's interpretations of their experience
[Reveal] Spoiler:
C

32. According to the passage, which of the following shapes the oral narratives of women storytellers?
(A) The conventions for standard histories in the culture in which a woman storyteller lives
(B) The conventions of storytelling in the culture in which a woman storyteller lives
(C) A woman storyteller's experience with distinctive traditions of storytelling developed by the women in her family of origin
(D) The cultural expectations and experiences of those who listen to oral narratives
(E) A woman storyteller's familiarity with the stories that members of other groups in her culture tell to explain themselves
[Reveal] Spoiler:
B

33. The author of the passage would be most likely to make which of the following recommendations to scholars of women's history?
(A) They should take into account their own life experiences when interpreting the oral accounts of women's historical experiences.
(B) They should assume that the observations made in women's oral narratives are believed by the intended audience of the story.
(C) They should treat skeptically observations reported in oral narratives unless the observations can be confirmed in standard histories.
(D) They should consider the cultural and historical context in which an oral narrative was created before arriving at an interpretation of such a narrative.
(E) They should rely on information gathered from oral narratives only when equivalent information is not available in standard histories.
[Reveal] Spoiler:
D

34. Which of the following best describes the function of the last sentence of the passage?
(A) It describes an event that historians view as crucial in recent women's history.
(B) It provides an example of how political rhetoric may influence the interpretations of experience reported in women's oral narratives.
(C) It provides an example of an oral narrative that inaccurately describes women's experience during a particular historical period.
(D) It illustrates the point that some women are more aware than others of the social forces that shape their oral narratives.
(E) It identifies the historical conditions that led to the social acceptance of women's paid work outside the home.
[Reveal] Spoiler:
B

35. According to the passage, scholars of women's history should refrain from doing which of the following?
(A) Relying on traditional historical sources when women's oral narratives are unavailable
(B) Focusing on the influence of political rhetoric on women's perceptions to the exclusion of other equally important factors
(C) Attempting to discover the cultural and historical factors that influence the stories women tell
(D) Assuming that the conventions of women's written autobiographies are similar to the conventions of women's oral narratives
(E) Accepting women's oral narratives less critically than they accept women's written histories
[Reveal] Spoiler:
E

36. According to the passage, each of the following is a difference between women's oral narratives and most standard histories EXCEPT:
(A) Women's oral histories validate the significance of women's achievements.
(B) Women's oral histories depict experience from the point of view of women.
(C) Women's oral histories acknowledge the influence of well-known women.
(D) Women's oral histories present to day's women with a sense of their historical relationship to women of the past.
(E) Women's oral histories are crucial to the collective identity of today's women.
[Reveal] Spoiler:
C

EMPOWERgmat Enhanced Explanation:

This passage was retained in the OG 2016.

Notes:
1 = Oral vs Written Narratives. Oral benefits
2 = Oral Narrative has risks. Be cautious

Analysis:
I love this passage because it’s a truth teller about how well one reads. There’s a distinction drawn in paragraph 1 that many people who read this passage miss: the distinction between oral narratives, and written autobiographies. “history to view the use of women’s oral narratives as the methodology, next to the use of women’s written autobiography, that brings historians closest to the “reality” of women’s lives”, so current theory values the use of the oral narrative. Those who catch that central distinction will find this passage and its questions remarkably easier to take down.

Paragraph 2 issues caution about oral narratives. These oral narratives can be shaped by factors such as storytelling conventions, and other cultural and historical factors. In other words, the author is saying that cultural and historical narratives can be of value, but issues caution about taking them at face value.
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EMPOWERgmatMax wrote:
Current feminist theory, in validating women’s own stories of their experience, has encouraged scholars of women’s history to view the use of women’s oral narratives as the methodology, next to the use of women’s written autobiography, that brings historians closest to the “reality” of women’s lives. Such narratives, unlike most standard histories, represent experience from the perspective of women, afﬁrm the importance of women’s contributions, and furnish present-day women with historical continuity that is essential to their identity, individually and collectively.

Scholars of women’s history should, however, be as cautious about accepting oral narratives at face value as they already are about written memories. Oral narratives are no more likely than are written narratives to provide a disinterested commentary on events or people. Moreover, the stories people tell to explain themselves are shaped by narrative devices
and storytelling conventions, as well as by other cultural and historical factors, in ways that the storytellers may be unaware of. The political rhetoric of a particular era, for example, may inﬂuence women’s interpretations of the signiﬁcance of their experience. Thus a woman who views the Second World War as pivotal in increasing the social acceptance of women’s paid work outside the home may reach that conclusion partly and unwittingly because of wartime rhetoric encouraging a positive view of women’s participation in such work.
3l. The passage is primarily concerned with
(A) contrasting the benefits of one methodology with the benefits of another
(B) describing the historical origins and inherent drawbacks of a particular methodology
(C) discussing the appeal of a particular methodology and some concerns about its use
(D) showing that some historians' adoption of a particular methodology has led to criticism of recent historical scholarship
(E) analyzing the influence of current feminist views on women's interpretations of their experience
[Reveal] Spoiler:
C

32. According to the passage, which of the following shapes the oral narratives of women storytellers?
(A) The conventions for standard histories in the culture in which a woman storyteller lives
(B) The conventions of storytelling in the culture in which a woman storyteller lives
(C) A woman storyteller's experience with distinctive traditions of storytelling developed by the women in her family of origin
(D) The cultural expectations and experiences of those who listen to oral narratives
(E) A woman storyteller's familiarity with the stories that members of other groups in her culture tell to explain themselves
[Reveal] Spoiler:
B

33. The author of the passage would be most likely to make which of the following recommendations to scholars of women's history?
(A) They should take into account their own life experiences when interpreting the oral accounts of women's historical experiences.
(B) They should assume that the observations made in women's oral narratives are believed by the intended audience of the story.
(C) They should treat skeptically observations reported in oral narratives unless the observations can be confirmed in standard histories.
(D) They should consider the cultural and historical context in which an oral narrative was created before arriving at an interpretation of such a narrative.
(E) They should rely on information gathered from oral narratives only when equivalent information is not available in standard histories.
[Reveal] Spoiler:
D

34. Which of the following best describes the function of the last sentence of the passage?
(A) It describes an event that historians view as crucial in recent women's history.
(B) It provides an example of how political rhetoric may influence the interpretations of experience reported in women's oral narratives.
(C) It provides an example of an oral narrative that inaccurately describes women's experience during a particular historical period.
(D) It illustrates the point that some women are more aware than others of the social forces that shape their oral narratives.
(E) It identifies the historical conditions that led to the social acceptance of women's paid work outside the home.
[Reveal] Spoiler:
B

35. According to the passage, scholars of women's history should refrain from doing which of the following?
(A) Relying on traditional historical sources when women's oral narratives are unavailable
(B) Focusing on the influence of political rhetoric on women's perceptions to the exclusion of other equally important factors
(C) Attempting to discover the cultural and historical factors that influence the stories women tell
(D) Assuming that the conventions of women's written autobiographies are similar to the conventions of women's oral narratives
(E) Accepting women's oral narratives less critically than they accept women's written histories
[Reveal] Spoiler:
E

36. According to the passage, each of the following is a difference between women's oral narratives and most standard histories EXCEPT:
(A) Women's oral histories validate the significance of women's achievements.
(B) Women's oral histories depict experience from the point of view of women.
(C) Women's oral histories acknowledge the influence of well-known women.
(D) Women's oral histories present to day's women with a sense of their historical relationship to women of the past.
(E) Women's oral histories are crucial to the collective identity of today's women.
[Reveal] Spoiler:
C

For question 36 - I was confused between C and D, could you explain?
EMPOWERgmat Enhanced Explanation:

This passage was retained in the OG 2016.

Notes:
1 = Oral vs Written Narratives. Oral benefits
2 = Oral Narrative has risks. Be cautious

Analysis:
I love this passage because it’s a truth teller about how well one reads. There’s a distinction drawn in paragraph 1 that many people who read this passage miss: the distinction between oral narratives, and written autobiographies. “history to view the use of women’s oral narratives as the methodology, next to the use of women’s written autobiography, that brings historians closest to the “reality” of women’s lives”, so current theory values the use of the oral narrative. Those who catch that central distinction will find this passage and its questions remarkably easier to take down.

Paragraph 2 issues caution about oral narratives. These oral narratives can be shaped by factors such as storytelling conventions, and other cultural and historical factors. In other words, the author is saying that cultural and historical narratives can be of value, but issues caution about taking them at face value.

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For question 36 - I was confused between C and D, could you explain?

I'd be happy to help. Let's look at the question again, from the top:

36. According to the passage, each of the following is a difference between women's oral narratives and most standard histories EXCEPT:

(A) Women's oral histories validate the significance of women's achievements.
(B) Women's oral histories depict experience from the point of view of women.
(C) Women's oral histories acknowledge the influence of well-known women.
(D) Women's oral histories present today's women with a sense of their historical relationship to women of the past.
(E) Women's oral histories are crucial to the collective identity of today's women.
[Reveal] Spoiler:
C

This is a Detail EXCEPT question. Detail except questions almost always draw on a part of a passage involving a list of characteristics. Here, this Detail EXCEPT question is asking us for differences between oral and written narratives, except one. In paragraph 1, we get this list of differences: “. Such narratives, unlike most standard histories, represent experience from the perspective of women, afﬁrm the importance of women’s contributions, and furnish present-day women with historical continuity that is essential to their identity, individually and collectively”.

A) Yes That’s mentioned. This option paraphrases “afﬁrm the importance of women’s contributions”
B) Yes “represent experience from the perspective of women”
C) No. Acknowledge the influence, yes, but of well-known women, specifically? No. Because this isn’t listed as a reason, it’s our right answer in this EXCEPT question.
D) Yes. The passage says “furnish present-day women with historical continuity that is essential to their identity”. Spot on match, so get rid of it.
E) Yes As we discussed in D, the passage says “and furnish present-day women with historical continuity that is essential to their identity”. E is mentioned, so it’s gone too.

C is the only option not mentioned, making it the exception, and thus the right option.
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35. According to the passage, scholars of women's history should refrain from doing which of the following?
(A) Relying on traditional historical sources when women's oral narratives are unavailable
(B) Focusing on the influence of political rhetoric on women's perceptions to the exclusion of other equally important factors
(C) Attempting to discover the cultural and historical factors that influence the stories women tell
(D) Assuming that the conventions of women's written autobiographies are similar to the conventions of women's oral narratives
(E) Accepting women's oral narratives less critically than they accept women's written histories

As per passage :
Scholars of women’s history should, however, be as cautious about accepting oral narratives at face value as they already are about written memories. Oral narratives are no more likely than are written narratives to provide a disinterested commentary on events or people.

The author says that oral narratives are less likely than written narratives to provide balanced / Neutral commentary . So I marked option D thinking that Oral Narratives are not same as written narratives .

Please let me know where I am going wrong and how I can avoid doing such mistakes .

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Hi Experts,

35. According to the passage, scholars of women's history should refrain from doing which of the following?
(A) Relying on traditional historical sources when women's oral narratives are unavailable
(B) Focusing on the influence of political rhetoric on women's perceptions to the exclusion of other equally important factors
(C) Attempting to discover the cultural and historical factors that influence the stories women tell
(D) Assuming that the conventions of women's written autobiographies are similar to the conventions of women's oral narratives
(E) Accepting women's oral narratives less critically than they accept women's written histories

As per passage :
Scholars of women’s history should, however, be as cautious about accepting oral narratives at face value as they already are about written memories. Oral narratives are no more likely than are written narratives to provide a disinterested commentary on events or people.

The author says that oral narratives are less likely than written narratives to provide balanced / Neutral commentary . So I marked option D thinking that Oral Narratives are not same as written narratives .

Please let me know where I am going wrong and how I can avoid doing such mistakes .

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Hi abhinav008,

I'd be happy to help. Here's the relevant slice from the passage:

Scholars of women’s history should, however, be as cautious about accepting oral narratives at face value as they already are about written memories. Oral narratives are no more likely than are written narratives to provide a disinterested commentary on events or people.[fraction][/fraction]

For one thing, I think your interpretation of "no more likely" led you astray: Is no more likely = less likely?

Those are two entirely different relationships. No more likely = up to or equal. Therefore, option D is patently false. In fact, allow me to share the full explanation of question 35:

35. According to the passage, scholars of women's history should refrain from doing which of the following?
(A) Relying on traditional historical sources when women's oral narratives are unavailable
(B) Focusing on the influence of political rhetoric on women's perceptions to the exclusion of other equally important factors
(C) Attempting to discover the cultural and historical factors that influence the stories women tell
(D) Assuming that the conventions of women's written autobiographies are similar to the conventions of women's oral narratives
(E) Accepting women's oral narratives less critically than they accept women's written histories

This is a detail question about what the author would suggest to scholars of women’s history. Well, we know that the author would suggest that those historians should be careful to factor in the context of oral narratives and to not take them at face value.
A) Would the author tell historians to refrain from the use of traditional historical sources? No way. This is an absurd option. When people select this option it’s because they lost context of the question itself.
B) A 180 option. This option says that the author would tell scholars of women’s history to REFRAIN FROM focusing on the influence of political rhetoric on women’s perceptions… Well we know that the author is specifically saying that scholars NEED to consider that influence.
C) Scholars should refrain from attempting to discover the cultural and historical factors that influence the stories women tell. Another 180 designed to punish those who lost sight of the question.
D) How can we say that the author would advise women’s historians to refrain from assuming the conventions of women’s written autobiographies are similar to that of oral narratives? The author never addressed the similarities or differences in the conventions between the two.
E) Yes, the author would tell scholars to refrain from accepting oral narratives less critically than they accept written histories. That’s perfect. The author issues caution about accepting oral narratives at face value, so this option is spot on.
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Hi,

What is the minimum & maximum time we can devote for this passage.

I took 10 min..
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Hi,

What is the minimum & maximum time we can devote for this passage.

I took 10 min..

I'd be happy to help. The standard average range to read an RC passage is 3.5-4 minutes. Mind you though that an average is just that. Some passages will take longer, while others shorter. Additionally, each GMAT experience usually delivers at least one passage that is generally reader-friendly, and at least one passage that is dense and replete with run-on sentences. You should feel comfortable investing time to allow yourself to engage the passage because skimming = bad news. There is no alternative to proper active reasoning.

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Hi EmpowerGmat,

In one of my gmatprep2 exam I scored verbal 24, with 16 incorrect answers.

CR-3 incorrect, SC-6 incorrect and RC-7 Incorrect..

RC- I did 5 questions wrong for a long passage..did this devastated my score due to continuous 5 questions wrong.

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Took 8 mins and 40 seconds , including 2 mins to read .

-The author talks about how historians should adopt a particular research methodology
-He then shares some concerns about methodology and warns historians against making some mistakes while implementing the methodology
- He also points out certain differences between one methodology and the another

1. (C) discussing the appeal of a particular methodology and some concerns about its use

2.
(B) The conventions of storytelling in the culture in which a woman storyteller lives

3.
"Moreover, the stories people tell to explain themselves are shaped by narrative devices and storytelling conventions, as well as by other cultural and historical factors, in ways that the storytellers may be unaware of."
(D) They should consider the cultural and historical context in which an oral narrative was created before arriving at an interpretation of such a narrative.

4.
"The political rhetoric of a particular era, for example, may influence women's interpretations of the significance of their experience. Thus a woman who views the Second World War as pivotal in increasing the social acceptance of women's paid work outside the home may reach that conclusion partly and unwittingly because of wartime rhetoric encouraging a positive view of women's participation in such work."

5.
“Scholars of women's history should, however, be as cautious about accepting oral narratives at face value as they already are about written memories"
Option (E) is clearly what the scholars should refrain from

6.
"Such narratives, unlike most standard histories, represent experience from the perspective of women, affirm the importance of women's contributions"
Since there is no mention of the contribution by important women particularly, option (C) is the correct answer.
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Hi EMPOWERgmatMax,

The link you shared for the article takes me to my own profile.

Thanks,

EMPOWERgmatMax wrote:
Hi,

What is the minimum & maximum time we can devote for this passage.

I took 10 min..

I'd be happy to help. The standard average range to read an RC passage is 3.5-4 minutes. Mind you though that an average is just that. Some passages will take longer, while others shorter. Additionally, each GMAT experience usually delivers at least one passage that is generally reader-friendly, and at least one passage that is dense and replete with run-on sentences. You should feel comfortable investing time to allow yourself to engage the passage because skimming = bad news. There is no alternative to proper active reasoning.

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Hi EMPOWERgmatMax,

The link you shared for the article takes me to my own profile.

Thanks,

Hi ajay2121988,

Updated, and posted here as well for your convenience:
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