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GMAT Prep RC: Linda Kerber argued in the mid-1980’s

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As can be read from the passage that “republican motherhood” resulted in a surge of educational opportunities for women in the United States.

Does it not mean Girls becoming the primary focus of a reformed educational system that emphasized political virtue.

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Hi GMATNinja, hazelnut,

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4) According to the passage, Kerber maintained that which of the following led to an increase in educational opportunities for women in the United States after the American Revolution?

Kerber maintained that the leaders of the new nation wanted women to be educated in order to raise politically virtuous sons. A virtuous citizenry was considered essential to the success of the country’s republican form of government

Hence D. Am'I right?

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2) According to the passage, Kerber argued that political leaders thought that the form of government adopted by the United States after the American Revolution depended on which of the following for its success?

A. Women assuming the sole responsibility for instilling political virtue in children
B. Girls becoming the primary focus of a reformed educational system that emphasized political virtue
C. The family serving as one of the primary means by which children were imbued with political virtue
D. The family assuming many of the functions previously performed by schools and churches
E. Men an women assuming equal responsibility for the management of schools, churches, and the family

Why not B?

Kerber argued that "virtue was to be instilled not only by churches and schools, but by families." The nation needed politically virtuous sons for its success, and those sons were to depend on family to become virtuous, hence choice (C).

As for choice (B), girls were not to become the PRIMARY focus. Even though unprecedented attention was given to female education, the main goal was to raise politically virtuous sons. In other words, even though girls may have been given unprecedented attention in schools, the passage suggests that boys (sons) were still the primary focus.

Furthermore, we are not told whether the educational system itself would emphasize political virtue. Rather, mothers were to emphasize political virtue. Sure, the political leaders wanted the girls to be educated, but being educated in general does not necessarily imply attending schools that emphasize political virtue.

Choice (C) is a better answer.
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7 mins in total, including almost 3 mins to read. All correct
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