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New post 03 Aug 2018, 11:58

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Scholars of women’s history should, however, be as cautious about accepting oral narratives at face value as they already are about written memories.

Can youu explain meaning of above sentence which is first line of 2nd para.

my understanding is:

1.scholars need to catious about accepting oral narratives as accepting written memories

2.scholars need to catious about accepting oral narratives as already written memories are accepted

This sentence says that:

  • Scholars of women's history are already cautious about accepting written narratives at face value
  • The author believes that these scholars should be similarly cautious about accepting oral narratives at face value.

In other words: Scholars of women's history should be equally careful about accepting both types of narratives at face value.

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Please explain me the answer for Q33?
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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.
(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.

i am confused between c and d can anyone please help??

The author's purpose in writing this passage is to describe why a practice is encouraged by current feminist theory, then advise scholars to be cautious in adopting that practice. In the first paragraph, the author describes the practice (using women's oral narratives alongside their written narratives). In the second paragraph, the author explains why the practice should be adopted with caution (oral narratives are as likely as written narratives to be influenced by the context of their time).

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

This question cuts straight to the author's perspective. We know that the author wants scholars to be cautious with regards to using oral narratives, and we know why. So let's apply that knowledge to each answer choice:

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(A) They should take into account their own life experiences when interpreting the oral accounts of women's historical experiences.

The author never encourages scholars to incorporate their own experiences into their interpretations. The passage does discuss cultural and historical factors influencing the women who are providing these narratives, but doesn't address the life experience of the scholars interpreting them. Eliminate (A).

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

The author never addresses the intended audience of these oral narratives. Instead, the author is most concerned with two types of people: scholars and the women telling these stories themselves. Eliminate (B).

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(C) They should treat skeptically observations reported in oral narratives unless the observations can be confirmed in standard histories.

The author does encourage scholars to be skeptical about oral narratives, but the second part of this answer choice isn't backed up by the passage.

In the first paragraph, the author makes clear that the use of oral narratives is "unlike standard histories." However, this isn't the reason why the author is skeptical of this practice. As we go on to read the second paragraph, we don't see the author telling scholars to confirm anything in standard histories. We don't see the author fault oral narratives for not lining up with standard histories.

Instead, the author encourages scholars to consider the storytelling conventions, historical factors, and cultural factors of the storyteller's time. Analyzing the context of a story is not the same as confirming whether it appears in a standard history. That's why we eliminate (C).

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(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.

This choice matches, almost word for word, the author's explanation in paragraph 2:

    "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."

More importantly, (D) lines up with the purpose and structure of the passage. The author uses paragraph 2 to tell scholars that they shouldn't use oral narratives without being mindful of their context. That's why we keep (D) around.

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(E) They should rely on information gathered from oral narratives only when equivalent information is not available in standard histories.

The author doesn't say anything remotely close to this in the passage. Eliminate (E).

I hope this clarifies why (D) is the best answer choice!
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6 Questions and 5 correct, 1 wrong took me 14 minutes for this passage( Including the reading time and attempting for 6 questions)
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Also would like your suggestion whether overall 14 minutes is a long time for a passage that contains 6 questions

5. 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

workout Can you please explain this question? I got only this question incorrect out of total 6 questions

I marked Option B as in the passage it is mentioned that other equally important factors like cultural and historical factors must also be considered which the story tellers are unaware of
I was stuck in Options B and E and ultimately marked Option B
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5. 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

workout Can you please explain this question? I got only this question incorrect out of total 6 questions

I marked Option B as in the passage it is mentioned that other equally important factors like cultural and historical factors must also be considered which the story tellers are unaware of
I was stuck in Options B and E and ultimately marked Option B


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Option B is a trap answer. I eliminated option B due to the phrase "to the exclusion of other equally important factors". The author didn't talk about the exclusion of the other important factors. Hence it is out of scope. Answers to all the questions must and should lie in the passage.
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Got 6/6 correct in 11:12 min including 3 min to read the passage!

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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. => Use oral narratives with written autobiography

Scholars of women’s history should, however, be as cautious about accepting oral narratives at face value as they already are about written memories. => Be skeptical about oral narratives
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New post 16 Jan 2019, 23:57
That's great work!

However, given that the passage only has one paragraph, taking three minutes to read the passage is one place where you could have cut down on time.

This is crucial as we know that a minute saved on the GMAT can be utilized to solve another SC question.

To save that one minute, or to read any passage effectively, it is important to identify what is to be read and what is not to be read.

Please watch this Youtube video to learn more about our reading principles.

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Hope that helps.

All the best.

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Can someone help me with this? I chose D, but didnt quite understand the context

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 infl uence 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 infl uence 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
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