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Re: Dmitry Shostakovichs first visit to the United States [#permalink]
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The correct answer is C. A is incorrect because the passage describes this view as that of the popular press, not as the author’s assessment and not of Shostakovich. B is incorrect because the passage does not describe this as the Conference’s purpose nor does it describe the controversy as having an adverse effect on the Conference. D is incorrect because Shostakovich is described as being far from the focus of attention of the Conference and the public is said to have been already aware of these matters. E is incorrect because the passage in no way suggests the composer’s popularity was increased by the Conference. C is the correct answer. The passage lists several examples of the composer’s experiences at the conference that contribute to the impression of a debut that was not particularly glorious. Shostakovich was one of five delegates. He played piano only once. He mumbled and listened passively to translators. Finally, he is depicted as concerned with stocking up on cigarettes.
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The correct answer is A. B is incorrect because the sentence does not draw any connection between Shostakovich and the overall public reception of the Conference. C is incorrect because the sentence does not describe or imply the feelings of those aware of Shostakovich. D is incorrect because the sentence does not describe or imply any causality between the two things. E is incorrect for the same reason. A is the correct answer. The use of the word “however” indicates that the point stands in spite of the negative factors described in the rest of the passage.
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I and III are correct. A is clearly implied by the passage by the statement that he played the piano only once and attended concerts by others. B is not justified. It is not clear whether the composer wanted to be there or not. C is implied by the passage. It is technically possible that the cigarettes were for others, but the passage clearly gives the impression he bought them for himself.
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kjs10927 wrote:
Question 3 is debatable. Just because he left with cartons of cigarettes under his arm does not imply he himself is a smoker. What if those cigarettes for his friends?

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as a delegate he did 5 things

1) he listened as his translators read a prepared speech,
2) mumbled brief answers to a few awkward questions,
4) played on the piano once,
5) attended a few concerts,
5) and then left with cartons of cigarettes under his arm.

I do not think someone who did 4 things during his tour, then had a pack of blonds, then did not smoke. A pack under your arm is not there by chance.

However, even if we have the benefit of the doubt, the probability he was not is 0.1 negligible.

Therefore C is correct
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