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# Musicologist: Classification of a musical instrument depends on the me

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04 Aug 2018, 13:21
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Musicologist: Classification of a musical instrument depends on the mechanical action through which it produces music. So the piano is properly called a percussion instrument, not a stringed instrument. Even though the vibration of the piano’s strings is what makes its sound, the strings are caused to vibrate by the impact of hammers.

Which one of the following most accurately expresses the main conclusion of the musicologist’s argument?

(A) Musical instruments should be classified according to the mechanical actions through which they produce sound.
(B) Musical instruments should not be classified based on the way musicians interact with them.
(C) Some people classify the piano as a stringed instrument because of the way the piano produces sound.
(D) The piano should be classified as a stringed instrument rather than as a percussion instrument.
(E) It is correct to classify the piano as a percussion instrument rather than as a stringed instrument.

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04 Aug 2018, 18:11
The key to answer any CR answer correctly is to find the conclusion. Yes, I know that first sentence sounds tempting, but it’s a pure premise, not a conclusion. In this case the key word “properly” indiacates the real conclusion. So we have a paradox that even though piano makes sounds with strings, it is called percussion instrument.

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04 Aug 2018, 18:58
Akela wrote:
Musicologist: Classification of a musical instrument depends on the mechanical action through which it produces music. So the piano is properly called a percussion instrument, not a stringed instrument. Even though the vibration of the piano’s strings is what makes its sound, the strings are caused to vibrate by the impact of hammers.

Which one of the following most accurately expresses the main conclusion of the musicologist’s argument?

(A) Musical instruments should be classified according to the mechanical actions through which they produce sound.
(B) Musical instruments should not be classified based on the way musicians interact with them.
(C) Some people classify the piano as a stringed instrument because of the way the piano produces sound.
(D) The piano should be classified as a stringed instrument rather than as a percussion instrument.
(E) It is correct to classify the piano as a percussion instrument rather than as a stringed instrument.

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I see it this way.
If we had 2, 3 or more examples of instruments described in a passage, option A would possibly be the correct answer.
But what we have here?

Classification of a musical instrument depends on the mechanical action through which it produces music - not an obvious premise
So the piano is properly called a percussion instrument, not a stringed instrument - conclusion
Even though the vibration of the piano’s strings is what makes its sound, the strings are caused to vibrate by the impact of hammers - obvious premise
Half of the passage expains to us why we can not call piano a stringed instrument and why it is called percussion instrument
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