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# Many stage actors follow a form of method-acting in which the emphasis

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Many stage actors follow a form of method-acting in which the emphasis is on understanding the psychology of the characters being played and keeping in mind how the characters would have reacted in various situations being enacted. In their pre-rehearsal stage, they go to extremes such as living in situations similar to their hypothetical characters’. Therefore, it is highly likely that such actors are very consistent in their initial performance in rehearsals and their final on-stage performance.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the above argument?

A)For an actor, the repetition of a performance in rehearsals adds little to the understanding of the character being played
B)There are some props that are available to actors only on the final day of the show
C)Many famous and highly paid actors are from acting schools that specialize in teaching method-acting.
D)It is very likely for a method-actor playing the role of a beggar to actually dress up and wear torn and soiled clothes throughout the preparation stage to understand the psychology of the character.
E)These days many film actors prefer to do multiple rehearsals with their co-actors to fully understand the character they are portraying.

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08 Aug 2018, 00:21
IMO C
Assumption in this arguement is method acting is very helpful to maintain the consistency while doing rehearsals and giving stage performances;consistency might result in sucess

So option C talks about famous and highly paid actors and that they are highly likely to follow method acting as they are from schools that specialise in method acting- which is in line with our assumption
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08 Aug 2018, 00:35
Okay, I fell for D on the first attempt. Here's my understanding of why the answer should be A:

A)For an actor, the repetition of a performance in rehearsals adds little to the understanding of the character being played
this removes the possibility of another factor which might contribute to consistent performance. KEEP.

B)There are some props that are available to actors only on the final day of the show
props? how are they related to performance? ELIMINATE

C)Many famous and highly paid actors are from acting schools that specialize in teaching method-acting.
are these famous actors giving consistent performances? We don't know. ELIMINATE

D)It is very likely for a method-actor playing the role of a beggar to actually dress up and wear torn and soiled clothes throughout the preparation stage to understand the psychology of the character.
okay. so this is how a method-actor understands his/her character. But what bearing does this have on performance (I made the mistake of drawing a real-world inference here: that if they understand the character more, they must give a better performance)
ELIMINATE

E)These days many film actors prefer to do multiple rehearsals with their co-actors to fully understand the character they are portraying.
do these actors give consistent performances? We don't know. ELIMINATE

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08 Aug 2018, 01:03
Cbirole wrote:
Many stage actors follow a form of method-acting in which the emphasis is on understanding the psychology of the characters being played and keeping in mind how the characters would have reacted in various situations being enacted. In their pre-rehearsal stage, they go to extremes such as living in situations similar to their hypothetical characters’. Therefore, it is highly likely that such actors are very consistent in their initial performance in rehearsals and their final on-stage performance.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the above argument?

A)For an actor, the repetition of a performance in rehearsals adds little to the understanding of the character being played
B)There are some props that are available to actors only on the final day of the show
C)Many famous and highly paid actors are from acting schools that specialize in teaching method-acting.
D)It is very likely for a method-actor playing the role of a beggar to actually dress up and wear torn and soiled clothes throughout the preparation stage to understand the psychology of the character.
E)These days many film actors prefer to do multiple rehearsals with their co-actors to fully understand the character they are portraying.

Sweet and simple A.
Conclusion - Rehearsal performance is very similar to final performance.
A says REPETITION in rehearsals adds little to the understanding of the character being played. ---> The actor does not learn anything significant because of repetition, so his final performance would hardly be influenced by repetition. --> Strenthens

D is not talking about the conclusion; its based on the premise, a paraphrase.
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08 Aug 2018, 01:12
IMO A
A says that rehearsals don't pay any role in understanding the characters that are being played. So it's the living condition that matters.

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