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A C E(It appears both D and E are right.) B

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Could you explain me the answer choices of Questions 3 and 4.

My answers are B and C/E(I was confused between these two options) , but the OA is D and B .

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Kritesh wrote:
Could you explain me the answer choices of Questions 3 and 4.

My answers are B and C/E(I was confused between these two options) , but the OA is D and B .

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Dear Kritesh

I'm happy to help. :-)

The first paragraph tells us about this researcher Wulf and her claim that the anti-marriage poetry these educated young women wrote was so influential.

In the second paragraph is skeptical about Wulf's claims for a several reasons. One is that folks would have to be at a certain literacy level to read this poetry, and only a small percentage of the lower-class women would have been at that level.

3) The author of the passage implies which of the following about the poetry mentioned in the first paragraph?
B. The circulation of the poetry was confined to young Quaker women.

This is a little too extreme. Some of the lower-class women could read it, just not many of them.

D. The poetry’s capacity to influence popular attitudes was restricted by the degree of literacy necessary to comprehend it.
Absolutely! This poetry didn't influence a large number of people because many people didn't have the skills to read it.

For question #3, OA =(D)

4) Which of the following, if true, would most seriously undermine the author’s basis for saying that Wulf overstates Quaker schools’ impact (line 17-18) ?
B. Most poor, non-Quaker students enrolled in Quaker schools had completed one or two years’ formal or informal schooling before enrolling.

The author's argument hinges on the fact that most students did not have enough schooling to achieve the literacy level necessary to read the poetry. Well, if folks always studied a couple years before coming to the Quaker school, then all of the students who completed just one year at the Quaker school would have three years of literacy--thus, the impact of this poetry would be more widespread. This is a devastating objection to the author's argument.

C. Not all of the young women whose commonplace books contained copies of poetry critical of marriage were Quakers.
It seems both Quakers and non-Quakers were in that school, so as along as everyone was interacting in one place, it doesn't matter who was Quaker and who wasn't.

E. In 1765 an unusually large proportion of the Quaker schools’ student body consisted of poor girls from non-Quaker backgrounds.
In a way, this strengthens the author's argument. If, say, 90% of the the students were poor girls with low literacy skills, then close to 90% of the students wouldn't have been able to read the poetry. Thus, the poetry's influence would not have been widespread. This strengthen's the author's argument and question #4 is asking for a weakener.

For question #4, OA =(B)

Does all this make sense?
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Time taken 8mins 51sec...All correct. A decent passage with good question set.
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Thanks again for the explanation mikemcgarry. :)
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1)The key is the first sentence of the second paragraph: "Wulf overstates the Quaker school's impact" - this critique of Wulf focuses on schools - the vehicle of 'dissemination'. A is correct.
2)A, B, D, and E are not supported by the passage - only C is.
A - contradicts the argument in the second paragraph.
B - no information to support this idea - the attitudes may have been disparate within and without the schools
D - not supported by the passage.
E - the reverse of what is claimed in para 1, that ideas came from the elites to the population at large.
3)A is not implied in the passage. B - contradicts what is explicitly stated in para 1. C - contradicts the passage. E - not supported in the passage. The poetry did not celebrate alternative beliefs, but rather simply criticized marriage. This leaves D - which corresponds to the author's critique of Wulf's theory, articulated in para 2.
4)B is correct because the critique states the the poor women would have needed higher literacy, but if we establish that the poor women did indeed have a higher level, this would undermine the author's claim that Wulf had 'overstated' (=exaggerated) the influence of the Quaker schools.
A - is incorrect because the data on affiliation and gender has no bearing on the impact of schools, which is due to the accessibility of the poetry. The critique does not claim that these groups of women never met.
C is incorrect because it is sufficient for some of the women to have been Quakers for the ideas to be disseminated via schools.
D - this statement supports, rather than undermines the author's critique of Wulf (that the poetry would have been inaccessible)
E - This supports Wulf's theory, but does not undermine the critique. The critique could claim that regardless of how many women attended the schools - the poetry was inaccessible to them.
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Hi I have a question regarding question 4
Why option E is incorrect .
If the number of non quaker poor girls were more then the school must have provide them the poetry books critical of marriage.
Am i right ?
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Now i got it after reading mikemcgarry's superb explanation.
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