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# It is an odd but indisputable fact that the seventeenth-century

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06 Jul 2018, 17:40
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Regarding question 6 (main point of the passage):

Is the notion correct that the passage primarily presents one scholar's explanation?

To my understanding Filmer and Gallagher present different explanations even though these explanations have a similar background (Royalist view was predominant among feminists).
Hence, answer B, which mentions only one scholar, threw me off a bit.

GMATNinja, can you please explain?

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100. The primary purpose of the passage is to:

(A) trace the historical roots of a modern sociopolitical movement

(B) present one scholar's explanation for a puzzling historical phenomenon

(C) contrast two interpretations of the ideological origins of a political conflict

(D) establish a link between the ideology of an influential political theorist and that of a notoriously eccentric writer

(E) call attention to some points of agreement between opposing sides in an ideological debate

The passage does present the views of Filmer. However, Filmer's views do not serve to explain a puzzling historical phenomenon. Instead, Filmer's views contribute to the puzzling nature of the phenomenon. If Royalists are associated with "a patriarchalism that equates family and kingdom and asserts the divinely ordained absolute power of the king and, by analogy, of the male head of the household", then why would Royalist women criticize patriarchalism?

Remember, we are looking for the primary purpose, not a summary of the passage. Two scholars are indeed mentioned, but the main purpose of the passage is to present Gallagher's explanation for the puzzling phenomenon.

aviejay, sorry for overlooking your follow-up question...

Choice (A) is wrong because the passage does not trace the connection between modern feminism and early feminism.

I hope that helps!
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took me 11 mins 30 secs... got 2 wrong..
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22 Dec 2018, 19:42
Hi mikemcgarry

On q1 , i did not chose D because the of one word Tension

a) I don't see how tension can be between two ideologies per se ...isn't tension normally between people, not ideologies ?

b) Also , Just because two ideologies are starkly different, does not mean necessarily there is "TENSION" between the people with these different ideologies ... Proof : the followers of these different ideologies were eventually on the same team (Royalists were associated with Feminists) ...if there was "TENSION", they would not be on the same team

Any suggestions on where i am going wrong with my interpretation of choice D
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