It is currently 25 Jun 2017, 09:18

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

In a 1918 editorial, W.E.B. Du Bois advised African American

Author Message
TAGS:

Hide Tags

Senior Manager
Joined: 02 Aug 2007
Posts: 346
Location: Greater New York City area
Schools: Tuck, Ross (R1), Duke, Tepper, ISB (R2), Kenan Flagler (R2)

Show Tags

10 Oct 2007, 16:49
12
This post was
BOOKMARKED
Question 1
00:00

Question Stats:

47% (03:10) correct 53% (01:25) wrong based on 240

HideShow timer Statistics

Question 2
00:00

Question Stats:

61% (01:59) correct 39% (00:38) wrong based on 223

HideShow timer Statistics

Question 3
00:00

Question Stats:

87% (01:42) correct 13% (00:51) wrong based on 216

HideShow timer Statistics

Question 4
00:00

Question Stats:

61% (01:43) correct 39% (00:46) wrong based on 212

HideShow timer Statistics

Question 5
00:00

Question Stats:

47% (02:21) correct 53% (01:19) wrong based on 212

HideShow timer Statistics

Practice Passage
Passage No.: 9
Questions: 45 to 49
Page: 38, 39
Difficulty:

In a 1918 editorial, W.E.B. Du Bois advised African
Americans to stop agitating for equality and to
proclaim their solidarity with White Americans for
the duration of the First World War. The editorial
surprised many African Americans who viewed
Du Bois as an uncompromising African American
leader and a chief opponent of the accommodationist
tactics urged by Booker T.Washington. In fact,
however, Du Bois often shifted positions along the
continuum between Washington and
confrontationists such as William Trotter. In 1895,
when Washington called on African Americans to
concentrate on improving their communities instead
of opposing discrimination and agitating for political
rights, Du Bois praised Washington’s speech. In
1903, however, Du Bois aligned himself with Trotter,
Washington’s militant opponent, less for ideological
reasons than because Trotter had described to him
Washington’s efforts to silence those in the African
American press who opposed Washington’s
positions.
Du Bois's wartime position thus reflected not a
change in his long-term goals but rather a
pragmatic response in the face of social pressure:
American journalists with censorship if they
continued to voice grievances. Furthermore,
Du Bois believed that African Americans’
contributions to past war efforts had brought them
some legal and political advances. Du Bois’s
accommodationism did not last, however. Upon
learning of systematic discrimination experienced
by African Americans in the military, he called on
them to “return fighting” from the war.

Q1 :- The passage is primarily concerned with

A. identifying historical circumstances that led Du Bois to alter his long-term goals.

B. defining “accommodationism” and showing how Du Bois used this strategy to achieve certain goals

C. accounting for a particular position adopted by Du Bois during the First World War.

D. contesting the view that Du Bois was significantly influenced by either Washington or Trotter

E. assessing the effectiveness of a strategy that Du Bois urged African Americans to adopt

[Reveal] Spoiler:
C

Q2 :- The passage indicates which of the following about Du Bois's attitude toward Washington ?

A. It underwent a shift during the First World War as Du Bois became more sympathetic with Trotter's views.

B. It underwent a shift in 1903 for reasons other than Du Bois's disagreement with Washington's accommodationist views.

C. It underwent a shift as Du Bois made a long-term commitment to the strategy of accommodation.

D. It remained consistently positive even though Du Bois disagreed with Washington's efforts to control the African American press.

E. It was shaped primarily by Du Bois's appreciation of Washington's pragmatic approach to the advancement of the interests of African Americans.

[Reveal] Spoiler:
B

Q3 :- The passage suggests which of the following about the contributions of African Americans to the United States war effort during the First World War ?

A. The contributions were made largely in response to Du Bois's 1918 editorial.

B. The contributions had much the same effect as African Americans' contributions to previous wars.

C. The contributions did not end discrimination against African Americans in the military.

D. The contributions were made in protest against Trotter's confrontationist tactics.

E. The contributions were made primarily by civil rights activists who returned to activism after the war.

[Reveal] Spoiler:
C

Q4 :- The author of the passage refers to Washington's call to African Americans in 1895 primarily in order to

A. identify Du Bois's characteristics position on the continuum between accommodationism and confrontationism

B. explain why Du Bois was sympathetic with Washington's views in 1895

C. clarify how Trotter's views differed from those of Washington in 1895

D. support an assertion about Du Bois's tendency to shift his political positions

E. dismiss the claim that Du Bois's position in his 1918 editorial was consistent with his previous views

[Reveal] Spoiler:
D

Q5 :- According to the passage, which of the following is true of the strategy that Du Bois's 1918 editorial urged African Americans to adopt during the First World War ?

A. It was a strategy that Du Bois had consistently rejected in the past.

B. It represented a compromise between Du Bois's own views and those of Trotter.

C. It represented a significant redefinition of the long-term goals Du Bois held prior to the war.

D. It was advocated by Du Bois in response to his recognition of the discrimination faced by African Americans during the war.

E. It was advocated by Du Bois in part because of his historical knowledge of gains African Americans had made during past wars.

[Reveal] Spoiler:
E

[Reveal] Spoiler: Question #1 OA
[Reveal] Spoiler: Question #2 OA
[Reveal] Spoiler: Question #3 OA
[Reveal] Spoiler: Question #4 OA
[Reveal] Spoiler: Question #5 OA

Last edited by Narenn on 30 Sep 2013, 10:33, edited 1 time in total.
Necessary Corrections for Official Guide Verbal Review 2nd Edition Project
GMAT Club Verbal Expert
Joined: 20 Nov 2016
Posts: 95
Re: In a 1918 editorial, W.E.B. Du Bois advised African American [#permalink]

Show Tags

15 Apr 2017, 21:29
1
KUDOS
Expert's post
goforgmat,

Quote:
Please Explain Q5. I cant seem to infer that based on last wars he has called upon the African Americans to participate in the war. He merely suggests that instead of fighting for equality we must try to uplift our position.

Quote:
E. It was advocated by Du Bois in part because of his historical knowledge of gains African Americans had made during past wars.

The first sentence of the passage tells us that "W.E.B. Du Bois advised African Americans {...} to proclaim their solidarity with White Americans for the duration of the First World War", implying that Du Bois advocated for African Americans to support the war effort. The last paragraph summarizes factors contributing to Du Bois's wartime position; one of those factors was that "Du Bois believed that African Americans’ contributions to past war efforts had brought them some legal and political advances." In other words, because of his historical knowledge of gains (ie legal and political) African Americans had made during past wars, Du Bois advocated that African Americans should proclaim their solidarity with White Americans for the duration of the First World War.
_________________

www.gmatninja.com

Join us for the verbal experts' live chat every Wednesday, 8 am PST/8:30 pm IST! Details available here.

Subscribe to GMAT Question of the Day: E-mail | RSS

Director
Joined: 11 Jun 2007
Posts: 914

Show Tags

10 Oct 2007, 18:20
these RC questions are a hit or miss for me..

i venture the answer is C?
Manager
Joined: 07 Sep 2007
Posts: 115

Show Tags

10 Oct 2007, 19:11
Just a note. The passage seems poorly copied and pasted with several words missing and no paragraph breaks; This makes it cumbersome to read.

I don't think this is a particularly good way to ask about a question, either, as other members of this forum are more interested practicing sample questions, rather than merely explaining an answer.

Nonetheless, I believe the answer should be something like: "discussion of Du Bois's dynamic tactics."

A. identifying historical circumstances that
led Du Bois to alter his long-term goals.
No mention of long term goals.

B. defining “accommodationism” and showing
how Du Bois used this strategy to
achieve certain goals
accounting for a particular position
adopted by Du Bois during the First
World War.
"Accomodationism" was by no means the subject of the article.

D. contesting the view that Du Bois was significantly
influenced by either Washington
or Trotter.

Not D. he made no mention that people thought this way.

E. assessing the effectiveness of a strategy
that Du Bois urged African Americans to

Not E, He didn't talk about effectiveness at all.
Senior Manager
Joined: 02 Aug 2007
Posts: 346
Location: Greater New York City area
Schools: Tuck, Ross (R1), Duke, Tepper, ISB (R2), Kenan Flagler (R2)

Show Tags

11 Oct 2007, 15:11
Folks,

My apologies if I annoyed some of you. I got this passage in one of the GMAT sets and pasted it as I got it. So whatever, spell errors you see are inherent. THe correct answer as per the solution is B. I fail to completely understand how this can be the answer.

For those who wanted to know the other questions. I am attaching a word file, with the passage and the questions. Hopefully this time, it will look better.
Attachments

File comment: RC
RC.doc [34.5 KiB]

Senior Manager
Joined: 02 Aug 2007
Posts: 346
Location: Greater New York City area
Schools: Tuck, Ross (R1), Duke, Tepper, ISB (R2), Kenan Flagler (R2)

Show Tags

11 Oct 2007, 15:13
Just noticed that my status changed to that of a manager after my earlier post..Never knew that you grow up the ladder in GMATCLUB with the number of posts..
Math Expert
Joined: 02 Sep 2009
Posts: 39672
Re: In a 1918 editorial, W.E.B. Du Bois advised African American [#permalink]

Show Tags

06 Mar 2014, 03:44
Bumping for review and further discussion*.

*New project from GMAT Club!!! Check HERE
_________________
Current Student
Joined: 25 Sep 2012
Posts: 290
Location: India
Concentration: Strategy, Marketing
GMAT 1: 660 Q49 V31
GMAT 2: 680 Q48 V34
Re: In a 1918 editorial, W.E.B. Du Bois advised African American [#permalink]

Show Tags

03 Jun 2014, 07:39
Can anyone explain question 2 here?
Basically I couldn't understand the whole part here
"In 1903, however, Du Bois aligned himself with Trotter, Washington’s militant opponent, less for ideological reasons than because Trotter had described to him Washington’s efforts to silence those in the African American press who opposed Washington’s positions."
Intern
Joined: 29 May 2014
Posts: 6
Re: In a 1918 editorial, W.E.B. Du Bois advised African American [#permalink]

Show Tags

11 Aug 2014, 16:36
b2bt wrote:
Can anyone explain question 2 here?
Basically I couldn't understand the whole part here
"In 1903, however, Du Bois aligned himself with Trotter, Washington’s militant opponent, less for ideological reasons than because Trotter had described to him Washington’s efforts to silence those in the African American press who opposed Washington’s positions."

The part you quoted above basically means: Du Bois agreed with Trotter who opposed Washington. The passage before this sentence mentioned that Du Bois likes Washington idea about African American issue. Therefore, the rest of the sentence that you quoted explained why Du Bois change his position. Du Bois supported Trotter because Washington brought a negative impact on African American "Washington’s efforts to silence those in the African American press who opposed Washington’s positions."
I am not expert but I hope this explanation helpful for you.
Manager
Joined: 25 Apr 2014
Posts: 148
Re: In a 1918 editorial, W.E.B. Du Bois advised African American [#permalink]

Show Tags

11 Sep 2014, 08:49
Guys please explain Q5 to me. I dont seem to get a clue for option E.
I believe A is the correct choice.
Chat Moderator
Joined: 19 Apr 2013
Posts: 697
Concentration: Strategy, Healthcare
Schools: Sloan '18 (A)
GMAT 1: 730 Q48 V41
GPA: 4
Re: In a 1918 editorial, W.E.B. Du Bois advised African American [#permalink]

Show Tags

17 Mar 2015, 11:00
_________________

If my post was helpful, press Kudos. If not, then just press Kudos !!!

Intern
Joined: 24 Jun 2015
Posts: 2
Re: In a 1918 editorial, W.E.B. Du Bois advised African American [#permalink]

Show Tags

06 Jul 2015, 02:55
how do I view the expert reply?
Intern
Joined: 19 Oct 2014
Posts: 3
GPA: 3
Re: In a 1918 editorial, W.E.B. Du Bois advised African American [#permalink]

Show Tags

19 Jul 2015, 19:23
maggie27 wrote:
Guys please explain Q5 to me. I dont seem to get a clue for option E.
I believe A is the correct choice.

Q5 :- According to the passage, which of the following is true of the strategy that Du Bois's 1918 editorial urged African Americans to adopt during the First World War ?
DB's 1918 editorial advised African American people to stop agitating and to support White for the 1st W War. Now, this is because of two reasons that are mentioned in the paragraph 2 - 1> Govt. opposed African american press for voicing grievances 2> DB believed past war support led to advances for African Americans.
With this pre-thinking, let's do the process of elimination.

A. It was a strategy that Du Bois had consistently rejected in the past. - Incorrect: Passage states in the first paragraph that DB changed position. Thus, DB had not rejected this strategy throughout the past.

B. It represented a compromise between Du Bois's own views and those of Trotter. - Incorrect: There is no mention of a compromise between DB's and Trotter's position. In fact, Trotter position is mentioned briefly with which DB aligned

C. It represented a significant redefinition of the long-term goals Du Bois held prior to the war. - Incorrect: 1st line of the second para rejects this choice "Du Bois's wartime position thus reflected not a change in his long-term goals but rather a pragmatic response in the face of social pressure"

D. It was advocated by Du Bois in response to his recognition of the discrimination faced by African Americans during the war. - Opposite answer choice - Clearly, the last sentence of the passage states that this line of thought is the reason why DB recalled African Americans from the war i.e. going back on his 1918 wartime recommendation

E. It was advocated by Du Bois in part because of his historical knowledge of gains African Americans had made during past wars. - Correct answer choice - Matches pre-thinking and is stated in the paragraph 2 as one of the reason behind DB's line of thought during wartime.
Senior Manager
Status: Always try to face your worst fear because nothing GOOD comes easy. You must be UNCOMFORTABLE to get to your COMFORT ZONE
Joined: 15 Aug 2014
Posts: 362
Concentration: Marketing, Technology
GMAT 1: 570 Q44 V25
GMAT 2: 600 Q48 V25
WE: Information Technology (Consulting)
Re: In a 1918 editorial, W.E.B. Du Bois advised African American [#permalink]

Show Tags

27 Aug 2015, 23:22
Can someone Post Answers to above passage
_________________

"When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.” - Eric Thomas

I need to work on timing badly!!

Manager
Joined: 21 Jun 2014
Posts: 150
Location: United States
Concentration: General Management, Strategy
GMAT 1: 630 Q45 V31
GPA: 3.4
WE: Engineering (Computer Software)
Re: In a 1918 editorial, W.E.B. Du Bois advised African American [#permalink]

Show Tags

21 Sep 2015, 20:31
1C,2B,3C,4D,5E
Time=5 minutes 47 seconds
_________________

Regards,
Manish Khare
"Every thing is fine at the end. If it is not fine ,then it is not the end "

Manager
Joined: 17 Sep 2015
Posts: 96
Re: In a 1918 editorial, W.E.B. Du Bois advised African American [#permalink]

Show Tags

07 Jun 2016, 06:55
The passage is primarily concerned with

A. identifying historical circumstances that led Du Bois to alter his long-term goals.

B. defining “accommodationism” and showing how Du Bois used this strategy to achieve certain goals

C. accounting for a particular position adopted by Du Bois during the First World War.

D. contesting the view that Du Bois was significantly influenced by either Washington or Trotter

E. assessing the effectiveness of a strategy that Du Bois urged African Americans to adopt

Reg Q1), can someone pls explain why the ans is C) and not D)

Is it because D) uses "contesting"?
What if D) used "accounting" instead of "contesting" ? Would D) be right then?

Or is it that the entire passage (2 para's) is viewed in entirety to answer the 1st statement made by Du Bois in support of Washington (1st few lines of the 1st para)? Hence the entire passage serves to account for that one controversial position held by Du Bois?

_________________

You have to dig deep and find out what it takes to reshuffle the cards life dealt you

Verbal Forum Moderator
Joined: 05 Nov 2012
Posts: 538
Concentration: Technology, Other
Re: In a 1918 editorial, W.E.B. Du Bois advised African American [#permalink]

Show Tags

09 Jun 2016, 00:32
Top Contributor
All Correct but timing was bad.
Total time:0:08:42.10, ,
1, 0:02:54.87, 0:02:54.87 [Para]
2, 0:00:32.67, 0:03:27.55
3, 0:01:20.33, 0:04:47.88
4, 0:01:10.94, 0:05:58.82
5, 0:00:55.21, 0:06:54.03
6, 0:01:47.76, 0:08:41.80
_________________

--------------------------------------------------------
Regards

Manager
Joined: 03 Aug 2016
Posts: 116
Location: India
Concentration: Operations, Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 690 Q50 V33
GPA: 4
WE: Design (Transportation)
Re: In a 1918 editorial, W.E.B. Du Bois advised African American [#permalink]

Show Tags

30 Aug 2016, 03:15
12 MINS
C
B
C
B
E
4/5
TIMING AGAIN
NEED HELP GUYS
Intern
Joined: 19 Mar 2015
Posts: 31
Location: India
Re: In a 1918 editorial, W.E.B. Du Bois advised African American [#permalink]

Show Tags

25 Sep 2016, 01:13
14Min...
I got 4 right and last one wrong..
Anyone's suggestion on how to increase speed as I have taken 5 min to read and answer 1st Question and rest 9 minutes for 4 Question.

Manager
Joined: 26 Mar 2017
Posts: 163
Re: In a 1918 editorial, W.E.B. Du Bois advised African American [#permalink]

Show Tags

11 Apr 2017, 10:15
i don't understand anything
_________________

I hate long and complicated explanations!

Re: In a 1918 editorial, W.E.B. Du Bois advised African American   [#permalink] 11 Apr 2017, 10:15

Go to page    1   2    Next  [ 24 posts ]

Similar topics Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
2 GMAT Prep RC: In American Genesis 4 16 Jun 2016, 00:11
6 Maps made by non-Native Americans to depict Native American 17 05 May 2017, 03:01
Suspicious as they are of American intentions, and bolstered 9 26 Jul 2012, 03:42
4 In the 1930's and 1940's, African American industrial 12 31 Jul 2016, 06:15
3 In American Genesis, which covers the century of 9 04 Jun 2017, 22:49
Display posts from previous: Sort by