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# Historians who study European women of the Renaissance try

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Historians who study European women of the Renaissance try to measure “independence,” “options,” and other indicators of the degree to which the expression of women’s individuality was either permitted or suppressed. Influenced by Western individualism, these historians define a peculiar form of personhood: an innately bounded unit, autonomous and standing apart from both nature and society. An anthropologist, however, would contend that a person can be conceived in ways other than as an “individual.” In many societies a person’s identity is not intrinsically unique and self-contained but instead is defined within a complex web of social relationships.

In her study of the fifteenth-century Florentine widow Alessandra Strozzi, a historian who specializes in European women of the Renaissance attributes individual intention and authorship of actions to her subject. This historian assumes that Alessandra had goals and interests different from those of her sons, yet much of the historian’s own research reveals that Alessandra acted primarily as a champion of her sons’ interests, taking their goals as her own. Thus Alessandra conforms more closely to the anthropologist’s notion that personal motivation is embedded in a social context. Indeed, one could argue that Alessandra did not distinguish her personhood from that of her sons. In Renaissance Europe the boundaries of the conceptual self were not always firm and closed and did not necessarily coincide with the boundaries of the bodily self.
Q35:The passage suggests that the historian mentioned in the second paragraph (lines 5-9) would be most likely to agree with which of the following assertions regarding Alessandra Strozzi?
A. Alessandra was able to act more independently than most women of her time because she was a widow.
B. Alessandra was aware that her personal motivation was embedded in a social context.
C. Alessandra had goals and interests similar to those of many other widows in her society.
D. Alessandra is an example of a Renaissance woman who expressed her individuality through independent action.
E. Alessandra was exceptional because she was able to effect changes in the social constraints placed upon women in her society.

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D

Q36:It can be inferred that the author of the passage believes which of the following about the study of Alessandra Strozzi done by the historian mentioned in the second paragraph (lines 5-9)?
A. Alessandra was atypical of her time and was therefore an inappropriate choice for the subject of the historian’s research.
B. In order to bolster her thesis, the historian adopted the anthropological perspective on personhood.
C. The historian argues that the boundaries of the conceptual self were not always firm and closed in Renaissance Europe.
D. In her study, the historian reverts to a traditional approach that is out of step with the work of other historians of Renaissance Europe.
E. The interpretation of Alessandra’s actions that the historian puts forward is not supported by much of the historian’s research.

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E

Q37:In the first paragraph, the author of the passage mentions a contention that would be made by an anthropologist most likely in order to
A. present a theory that will be undermined in the discussion of a historian’s study later in the passage
B. offer a perspective on the concept of personhood that can usefully be applied to the study of women in Renaissance Europe
C. undermine the view that the individuality of European women of the Renaissance was largely suppressed
D. argue that anthropologists have applied the Western concept of individualism in their research
E. lay the groundwork for the conclusion that Alessandra’s is a unique case among European women of the Renaissance whose lives have been studied by historians

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B

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13 Jan 2008, 00:56
35 B 36 C 37 B

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15 Jan 2008, 08:47
BBB
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35、 D
36、 E
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13 Jul 2012, 10:55
A little bit of a struggle. My answers: D B B
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11 Aug 2012, 15:56
In 7:59 Mins. My Pick DEB.
Third one is a guess. Don't know why B is correct in 3rd Qs.
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12 Aug 2012, 05:52
BBB for me..
What are the OAs?

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13 Aug 2012, 02:16
35 B
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13 Aug 2012, 04:38
BCA

OA please. Why everybody is on B for the last one?

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13 Aug 2012, 05:18
Dannie wrote:
BCA

OA please. Why everybody is on B for the last one?

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because in the first paragraph there is nothing related to a theory

Historians who study European
women of the Renaissance try to mea-
sure
“independence,” “options,” and
other indicators of the degree to which
(5) the expression of women’s individuality
was either permitted or suppressed.
Influenced by Western individualism,
these historians define a peculiar form
of personhood: an innately bounded
(10) unit, autonomous and standing apart
from both nature and society. An
anthropologist, however, would contend
that
a person can be conceived in ways
other than as an “individual.”

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10 Sep 2012, 18:00
I dont think the original poster is going to post back the oa's

i found this link with 2 answers to qns 2 and 3 above. they are B and E

OA's 2) B 3) E

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10 Sep 2012, 18:49
Please marcodonzelli provide OA and source of the passage
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14 Sep 2012, 11:08
35 . D
36 . E
37. B
Do we have the OA answers

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05 Feb 2013, 06:53
Can anyone explain all the answers for this passage ... i got all f them wrong

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08 Feb 2013, 07:10
The passage is easy but the questions are very tough . IMO 1D 2E 3B.

Could anyone post the OAs ?
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26 Apr 2013, 10:26
My take is
B
E
B
took 8 min..seeking the answer to make sure in question I got wrong......

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1&3 correct.

Q35:The passage suggests that the historian mentioned in the second paragraph (lines 5-9) would be most likely to agree with which of the following assertions regarding Alessandra Strozzi?
A. Alessandra was able to act more independently than most women of her time because she was a widow.
B. Alessandra was aware that her personal motivation was embedded in a social context.
C. Alessandra had goals and interests similar to those of many other widows in her society.
D. Alessandra is an example of a Renaissance woman who expressed her individuality through independent action.
>>In her study of the fifteenth-century Florentine widow Alessandra Strozzi, a historian who specializes in European women of the Renaissance attributes individual intention and authorship of actions to her subject. This historian assumes that Alessandra had goals and interests different from those of her sons

E. Alessandra was exceptional because she was able to effect changes in the social constraints placed upon women in her society.

Q36:It can be inferred that the author of the passage believes which of the following about the study of Alessandra Strozzi done by the historian mentioned in the second paragraph (lines 5-9)?
A. Alessandra was atypical of her time and was therefore an inappropriate choice for the subject of the historian’s research.
B. In order to bolster her thesis, the historian adopted the anthropological perspective on personhood.
C. The historian argues that the boundaries of the conceptual self were not always firm and closed in Renaissance Europe.
D. In her study, the historian reverts to a traditional approach that is out of step with the work of other historians of Renaissance Europe.
E. The interpretation of Alessandra’s actions that the historian puts forward is not supported by much of the historian’s research.
>> For me it was between D and E. But I agree that E is correct. E is more explicit from passage.
This historian assumes that Alessandra had goals and interests different from those of her sons, yet much of the historian’s own research reveals that Alessandra acted primarily as a champion of her sons’ interests, taking their goals as her own. Thus Alessandra conforms more closely to the anthropologist’s notion that personal motivation is embedded in a social context.

Q37:In the first paragraph, the author of the passage mentions a contention that would be made by an anthropologist most likely in order to
A. present a theory that will be undermined in the discussion of a historian’s study later in the passage
B. offer a perspective on the concept of personhood that can usefully be applied to the study of women in Renaissance Europe
>>An anthropologist, however, would contend that a person can be conceived in ways other than as an “individual.” In many societies a person’s identity is not intrinsically unique and self-contained but instead is defined within a complex web of social relationships.
C. undermine the view that the individuality of European women of the Renaissance was largely suppressed
D. argue that anthropologists have applied the Western concept of individualism in their research
E. lay the groundwork for the conclusion that Alessandra’s is a unique case among European women of the Renaissance whose lives have been studied by historians
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23 Sep 2014, 03:42
DBB.
I think I understand why the answer to second question is E and not B.
Its not the historian who adapts/reverts to the anthropological notion of individuality during Renaissance, rather the author interprets the historian's findings to be more in line with the anthropological perspective.

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