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OG 2016: Jacob Burckhardt’s view that Renaissance European women

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Hi oasis90, thanks for the message.

When you get a question about the purpose of a particular sentence or reference in the passage, the answer is basically to prove a point that the author was in the middle of proving.
So we can ask, what point was the author in the middle of proving? Generally, this can be the main point/argument of the entire passage, the main point/argument of the paragraph, or even a mini-point that was raised one or two sentences before the sentence/reference in question.

In our case here, we find our evidence in the sentence before the reference: "is representative of those authors who offer what might be called a cautiously optimistic assessment of Renaissance women’s achievements". Boom, there we go. The author is just giving us some information that she thinks will help illustrate why Krontiris can be judged as cautiously optimistic.

(I'm not sure if I understand your question about the word achievements in the answer choice. It's the exact same word as the passage used. Here we could think about achievements representing progress or what they were able to get done, and not like winning an award, for example.)

Answer B is really out of scope. It says "undermine the argument that literate women of the Renaissance sought to oppose social constraints imposed on them." Is the author trying to undermine any argument? No. And was anyone, before this sentence, bringing up anything about women opposing the social constraints imposed on them? No.

When you get a "what's the purpose of including this information" question, say to yourself, "to prove a point the author was in the middle of proving." See if that helps you eliminate wrong answer choices faster. :)
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Hi oasis90, thanks for the message.

When you get a question about the purpose of a particular sentence or reference in the passage, the answer is basically to prove a point that the author was in the middle of proving.
So we can ask, what point was the author in the middle of proving? Generally, this can be the main point/argument of the entire passage, the main point/argument of the paragraph, or even a mini-point that was raised one or two sentences before the sentence/reference in question.

In our case here, we find our evidence in the sentence before the reference: "is representative of those authors who offer what might be called a cautiously optimistic assessment of Renaissance women’s achievements". Boom, there we go. The author is just giving us some information that she thinks will help illustrate why Krontiris can be judged as cautiously optimistic.

(I'm not sure if I understand your question about the word achievements in the answer choice. It's the exact same word as the passage used. Here we could think about achievements representing progress or what they were able to get done, and not like winning an award, for example.)

Answer B is really out of scope. It says "undermine the argument that literate women of the Renaissance sought to oppose social constraints imposed on them." Is the author trying to undermine any argument? No. And was anyone, before this sentence, bringing up anything about women opposing the social constraints imposed on them? No.

When you get a "what's the purpose of including this information" question, say to yourself, "to prove a point the author was in the middle of proving." See if that helps you eliminate wrong answer choices faster. :)


Great thanks jennpt . This makes perfect sense. I will incorporate this logic in my next passage.
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Jaco “stood on a footing of perfect equality”

Can anyone reply the meaning of above sentence
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Jaco “stood on a footing of perfect equality”

Can anyone reply the meaning of above sentence



It simply means they were equal. and the feminist scholars cited him to disagree with him. It's weird wording but that's what it meant.
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