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# Of the more than one thousand people who published memoirs of the Fren

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Re: Of the more than one thousand people who published memoirs of the Fren [#permalink]
Question 2 is beautiful
Got it wrong. For those like me, refer to the line And of these eighty women memoirists, two thirds were members of the upper class, a proportion that might be attributed solely to privilege—at the time of the Revolution, only half of all French citizens could read, and only members of the upper class were able to write easily.
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First,for major public happenings, there are often multiple
(25) accounts, allowing for cross-verification. Second,
regarding the truth of personal events known only to
the author
, more subjective guidelines must be used:
Are there internal verifications with a text that
suggest the author is describing a plausible sequence of
(30) events, and acting in accord with what is known of the
writer’s character? Or is the narrative voice so
pervaded by self-justifications that it forfeits
credibility?

6. Based on the passage, which one of the following most accurately states a criterion that the scholars referred to in line 22 use to judge the credibility of a memoir’s depiction of events known only to its author?

Prethink: For personal events known only to the author, passage suggested to use more subjective guidelines. The guidelines are bolded and underlined in the above para

(A) The depiction should appear consistent with the author’s personality. -> Correct. In line with "acting in accord with what is known of the writer’s character"
(B) The depiction should contain demonstrable factual accuracies. -> Incorrect. If the event is known only to author or writer of the event, demonstrableness fo factual accuracies is not part of the guidelines.
(C) The depiction should have been verified shortly after being written. -> Incorrect. Nowhere it is mentioned that is the way to check.
(D) The depiction should not be part of a partisan account. -> Incorrect. it is slightly twisted, it should be "acting in accord with what is known of the writer’s character"
(E) The depiction should preserve a particular picture of the past. -> Incorrect. Nothing of that sort is mentioned to preserve a particular picture of the past.
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First,for major public happenings, there are often multiple
(25) accounts, allowing for cross-verification. Second,
regarding the truth of personal events known only to
the author
, more subjective guidelines must be used:
Are there internal verifications with a text that
suggest the author is describing a plausible sequence of
(30) events, and acting in accord with what is known of the
writer’s character? Or is the narrative voice so
pervaded by self-justifications that it forfeits
credibility?

6. Based on the passage, which one of the following most accurately states a criterion that the scholars referred to in line 22 use to judge the credibility of a memoir’s depiction of events known only to its author?

Prethink: For personal events known only to the author, passage suggested to use more subjective guidelines. The guidelines are bolded and underlined in the above para

(A) The depiction should appear consistent with the author’s personality. -> Correct. In line with "acting in accord with what is known of the writer’s character"
(B) The depiction should contain demonstrable factual accuracies. -> Incorrect. If the event is known only to author or writer of the event, demonstrableness fo factual accuracies is not part of the guidelines.
(C) The depiction should have been verified shortly after being written. -> Incorrect. Nowhere it is mentioned that is the way to check.
(D) The depiction should not be part of a partisan account. -> Incorrect. it is slightly twisted, it should be "acting in accord with what is known of the writer’s character"
(E) The depiction should preserve a particular picture of the past. -> Incorrect. Nothing of that sort is mentioned to preserve a particular picture of the past.

Hi Deadpool3, thanks for the explanation above! Can you please explain option B in greater detail?

Although I selected option A, which is a direct phrasing of the sentence in the para, I couldn't infer properly how option B is completely wrong:

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Second,
regarding the truth of personal events known only to the author, more subjective guidelines must be used:
Are there internal verifications with a text that suggest the author is describing a plausible sequence of events, and acting in accord with what is known of the writer’s character? Or is the narrative voice so pervaded by self-justifications that it forfeits credibility?

Does the highlighted sentence point in the direction of option B? Please let me know your thoughts on this one.
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Passage excerpt: Are there internal verifications with a text that suggest the author is describing a plausible sequence of events, and acting in accord with what is known of the writer’s character?

Boils down: The passage states that if there is some sort of internal verification in text written for a plausibility sequence of events. For example author mentioned that event A happens before event B and the author says somewhere that event B happens before event C. Is somewhere in the same text there is a position or not where the author agrees that event A happened before event C.

I will agree that Option B is tricky and boils down to precision.

(B) The depiction should contain demonstrable factual accuracies.

Incorrect-> "demonstrable factual accuracies" is somewhat different in meaning. "factual accuracies" goes to the point of characterizing whether the event or point written by the author is factually correct.
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Hi sssanskaar

Passage excerpt: Are there internal verifications with a text that suggest the author is describing a plausible sequence of events, and acting in accord with what is known of the writer’s character?

Boils down: The passage states that if there is some sort of internal verification in text written for a plausibility sequence of events. For example author mentioned that event A happens before event B and the author says somewhere that event B happens before event C. Is somewhere in the same text there is a position or not where the author agrees that event A happened before event C.

I will agree that Option B is tricky and boils down to precision.

(B) The depiction should contain demonstrable factual accuracies.

Incorrect-> "demonstrable factual accuracies" is somewhat different in meaning. "factual accuracies" goes to the point of characterizing whether the event or point written by the author is factually correct.

Ahh i see it now.. "Factual Accuracy" was a big red light for me while answering this question and yes, that is the main issue in this option. Thanks, friend. It definitely was a tricky one!
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1. Which one of the following most completely and accurately states the main idea of the passage?

(A) Despite the attempts of some historians to discredit them on factual or subjective grounds, women’s memoirs of the French Revolution reflect French society’s intolerance toward women’s involvement in the political sphere.
(B) Even though studies have yet to draw any definitive conclusions about their factual accuracy, women’s memoirs of the French Revolution appear to be at least subjectively reliable accounts of the events of the period.
(C) Although written years later, women’s memoirs of the French Revolution can be regarded as factually and subjectively reliable accounts of the various ways in which women participated in the events of the period.
(D) Because of the natural tendency of memory to distort facts and of partisanship to bias accounts, it is unlikely that women’s memoirs of the French Revolution can be relied upon to convey an accurate portrait of the events of the period.
(E) Regardless of their reliability, women’s memoirs of the French Revolution are nevertheless a valuable resource for scholars attempting to gain insight into the impetus that led to the women’s movement in France.

2. Based on the passage, which one of the following can most reasonably be inferred about the majority of the published memoirs of the French Revolution that were written by men?

(A) They depict women who conformed to socially prescribed roles.
(B) They depict women who participated in the Revolution.
(C) They were suppressed by political sanctions.
(D) They were written by members of the upper class.
(E) They were written by members of the lower class.

3. The passage’s reference to Madame de La Villirouët is most likely intended to

(A) demonstrate that women’s roles during the Revolution were partially determined by their social statuses
(B) explain why so few women published their accounts of the events of the Revolution
(C) support the claim that political partisanship inevitably biases recollections
(D) provide an example of the activism of women described in memoirs of the Revolution
(E) illustrate that royalist and republican memoirs were focused on differing themes

4. According to the passage, more of the published women’s memoirs of the French Revolution were written by royalists than by republicans because

(A) royalists could publish their accounts without risking persecution
(B) royalists felt a greater urgency to relate their version of events
(C) royalists were able to afford the prohibitive expense of publication
(D) republicans had little desire to leave written accounts of their actions
(E) republicans typically belonged to professions that left them little time to write

5. Based on the passage, which one of the following views can most reasonably be attributed to the historians mentioned in line 17?

(A) Royalist memoirs of the French Revolution are more factually reliable than are republican memoirs of the same period.
(B) Republican memoirs of the French Revolution are less distorted by partisan biases than are royalist memoirs of the same period.
(C) Many memoirs of the French Revolution published during the restored monarchy likely contain factual inaccuracies.
(D) Many memoirs of the French Revolution contain accounts of events that are not skewed by the biases of their authors.
(E) Many memoirs of the French Revolution consist mostly of unverifiable accounts of certain events.

6. Based on the passage, which one of the following most accurately states a criterion that the scholars referred to in line 22 use to judge the credibility of a memoir’s depiction of events known only to its author?

(A) The depiction should appear consistent with the author’s personality.
(B) The depiction should contain demonstrable factual accuracies.
(C) The depiction should have been verified shortly after being written.
(D) The depiction should not be part of a partisan account.
(E) The depiction should preserve a particular picture of the past.

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Danush649 wrote:
could you provide the official answer to q.1

Explanation

1. Which one of the following most completely and accurately states the main idea of the passage?

Difficulty Level: 700

Explanation

Only (C) asserts the passage’s central question and repeats the passage’s answer. Yes, women’s memoirs of the French Revolution are reliable on both of the grounds enumerated in Para 2 and defended thereafter.

The action of historians in the passage is to affirm women’s memoirs, not discredit them (A), and all that stuff about political involvement reflects, and distorts, lines 34-39 only. The conclusions drawn in Para 3 seem quite definitive indeed; (B) is far too tentative on the matter of the subjective reliability of the memoirs.

(D) is as 180 as they come, blatantly denying the memoirs’ reliability. (E) errs by throwing out the reliability issue altogether, and gets worse by suggesting that the focus of the passage is the origin of the French women’s movement, a topic merely hinted at in the last sentence.

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