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Playwright A is credited with being the first playwright to break the convention of having one character converse with a chorus, by casting two lead actors in a play. Yet, Playwright B, who was born several decades before Playwright A, also incorporates this theatrical device in two of his plays.

Which of the following, if true, best helps to account for the inconsistency noted above?

A. Playwright A influenced the work of all of those playwrights born after him.
B. The work of Playwright B is credited with influencing the work of Playwright A.
C. Playwright B and Playwright A died within one year of each other.
D. The idea of including two actors onstage did not originate with Playwright A.
E. Playwright A was not the only playwright of his time to break theatrical conventions.

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If you have the OE please post it. The answer is frankly untenable.
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I chose E :( ..Can sum1 plz explain y C is d correct answer ?
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Playwright A influenced the work of all of those playwrights born after him. - okay that makes sense but doesn't explain discrepency between B and C
The work of Playwright B is credited with influencing the work of Playwright A. - how is this possible? If Playwright A came first how can playwright B influence playwright A?
Playwright B and Playwright A died within one year of each other. - ok, I can not eliminate this right off. This means playwright B lived longer than playwright A. This could explain why the playwright A got credit because he was younger of the two.
The idea of including two actors onstage did not originate with Playwright A. - this contracts the stimulus
Playwright A was not the only playwright of his time to break theatrical convention. - this doesn't explain anything, still leaves why playwright A got credit first

I got C reluctantly , but I can tell you this type of question doesn't seem like a question you will see on test day.
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Playwright A, who is much younger than Playwright B, was the first to use two actors. Yet, Playwright B also used two actors in his plays.

The key is to notice that being born first does not mean that you can’t be influenced by the work of somebody much younger than you. Thus, if Playwright B is still writing plays after Playwright A invents this form, then Playwright can use that form without being the originator. This matches up best with (C).

(A) is focused on playwrights born after Playwright A.

(B) The fact that Playwright B influenced Playwright A does not relate to specific influence mentioned in the paragraph. In other words, there can be a whole slew of other influences in theater besides using two actors. The paradox still remains unsolved.

(C) If the playwrights lived until the same year, then there careers could presumably overlap, even though B is much older. Therefore, that gives A time to come up with the convention, and then for B to use it in a couple of his plays.

(D) is not relevant, because we are focused on the use of two actors in play, not just the idea. So even if B had the idea first, it still does not account for how the much younger A was the first one to use it in his plays, yet B also used the device.

(E) is out of scope, since the focus of the argument is on Playwright A’s use of two actors.
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Correct explanation. I missed out on the words "born after" in option A. Thanks for the OE.
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I chose E :( ..Can sum1 plz explain y C is d correct answer ?


Hi shonakshi,

IMO C is the correct ans.

Lets take an example:- Assume B was born in 1950 and A was born in 1980(Given b was born several decades ago than A)
And suppose A incorporated 2 actors in his playwright in 2000 and B incorporated 2 actors in 2001.
though B born several decades ago but still A was the first one to do so.

So C gives some credibility to this assumption by saying B and A was died within a close time frame.
Hope it is clear now?
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I chose E :( ..Can sum1 plz explain y C is d correct answer ?


Hi shonakshi,

IMO C is the correct ans.

Lets take an example:- Assume B was born in 1950 and A was born in 1980(Given b was born several decades ago than A)
And suppose A incorporated 2 actors in his playwright in 2000 and B incorporated 2 actors in 2001.
though B born several decades ago but still A was the first one to do so.

So C gives some credibility to this assumption by saying B and A was died within a close time frame.
Hope it is clear now?


I could not get the logic here:
Suppose A and B both died in 2005. What does these death years have to do with who used the concept first?
What changes in the logic flow if instead A dies in say 2050, while B died in 2005? The only relevant point here is that B must not have died before 2001. I am not convinced with the OE.
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(C) If the playwrights lived until the same year, then there careers could presumably overlap, even though B is much older. Therefore, that gives A time to come up with the convention, and then for B to use it in a couple of his plays.



The inconsistency is explained by the fact that B, though BORN much BEFORE A, USED the concept AFTER A. Now this explanation has apparently nothing to do with when they died. This can be an explanation irrespective of whether they died in the same year or decades apart. Hence I am not much convinced of the OE. The only condition is that B should not have died BEFORE A used the concept. The time difference between the deaths of A and B does not apparently play any role in explaining the inconsistency.
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Dear Mr. mikemcgarry Please if you can throw light on the credited response (C)

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Playwright A is credited with being the first playwright to break the convention of having one character converse with a chorus, by casting two lead actors in a play. Yet, Playwright B, who was born several decades before Playwright A, also incorporates this theatrical device in two of his plays.

Which of the following, if true, best helps to account for the inconsistency noted above?

A.Playwright A influenced the work of all of those playwrights born after him.
B.The work of Playwright B is credited with influencing the work of Playwright A.
C.Playwright B and Playwright A died within one year of each other.
D.The idea of including two actors onstage did not originate with Playwright A.
E.Playwright A was not the only playwright of his time to break theatrical conventions.


Boil it down - Although Playwright B , who was born several decades before Playwright A , also incorporates the given theatrical device in his play , Playwright A is credited with being the first playwright to use the given theatrical device.
Pre - thinking - Even though B was born several decades before A , what if they were contemporaries . A used the given theatrical device when he was much younger and B did when he was old.

C.Playwright B and Playwright A died within one year of each other. - It does suggest a possibility that A and B lived at the same time . Hence , there is a likelihood that A used the theatrical device when he was young and B used the device when he was old . It does help to resolve the paradox .

A.Playwright A influenced the work of all of those playwrights born after him. Does not resolve the paradox as B was born before A
B.The work of Playwright B is credited with influencing the work of Playwright A. - Does not resolve the paradox and we are specifically concerned with the theatrical device
D.The idea of including two actors onstage did not originate with Playwright A. - Irrelevant as we are only discussing who was the first to use the idea
E.Playwright A was not the only playwright of his time to break theatrical conventions. Irrelevant - we are only concerned the use of given theatrical device.

Answer C
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Playwright A is credited with being the first playwright to break the convention of having one character converse with a chorus, by casting two lead actors in a play. Yet, Playwright B, who was born several decades before Playwright A, also incorporates this theatrical device in two of his plays.

Which of the following, if true, best helps to account for the inconsistency noted above?

A.Playwright A influenced the work of all of those playwrights born after him.
B.The work of Playwright B is credited with influencing the work of Playwright A.
C.Playwright B and Playwright A died within one year of each other.
D.The idea of including two actors onstage did not originate with Playwright A.
E.Playwright A was not the only playwright of his time to break theatrical conventions.


Boil it down - Although Playwright B , who was born several decades before Playwright A , also incorporates the given theatrical device in his play , Playwright A is credited with being the first playwright to use the given theatrical device.
Pre - thinking - Even though B was born several decades before A , what if they were contemporaries . A used the given theatrical device when he was much younger and B did when he was old.

C.Playwright B and Playwright A died within one year of each other. - It does suggest a possibility that A and B lived at the same time . Hence , there is a likelihood that A used the theatrical device when he was young and B used the device when he was old . It does help to resolve the paradox .

A.Playwright A influenced the work of all of those playwrights born after him. Does not resolve the paradox as B was born before A
B.The work of Playwright B is credited with influencing the work of Playwright A. - Does not resolve the paradox and we are specifically concerned with the theatrical device
D.The idea of including two actors onstage did not originate with Playwright A. - Irrelevant as we are only discussing who was the first to use the idea
E.Playwright A was not the only playwright of his time to break theatrical conventions. Irrelevant - we are only concerned the use of given theatrical device.

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What has year of death got to do with explanation that --> B used it when he was old and A used it when he was young.

The OA doesn't seem to be credible.
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What has year of death got to do with explanation that --> B used it when he was old and A used it when he was young.

The OA doesn't seem to be credible.


Even I am not convinced with the logic , there remains an element of doubt , and its difficult to eliminate option (C) that's it..
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daagh Sir,
Can you please throw some light in this question.
Am unable to understand what it is trying to imply. Even stimulus is little confusing.

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C seems logical
The problem is even thought Playwright A was born later, yet Playwright A influenced Playwright B, That means Playwright B was alive when Playwright A did this "first playwright to break the convention of having one character converse with a chorus".

A. Playwright A influenced the work of all of those playwrights born after him. - doesn't matter how many influenced
B. The work of Playwright B is credited with influencing the work of Playwright A. - talking about one specific work here & its explains opposite
C. Playwright B and Playwright A died within one year of each other. - correct Ans
D. The idea of including two actors onstage did not originate with Playwright A. - it calls the premise into question. Not acceptable.
E. Playwright A was not the only playwright of his time to break theatrical conventions. - doesn't matter
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I am not convinced with OA C.
There is a very small chance that it can explain inconsistency.
Lot of other explanations for C explain that C may explain inconsistency.
If someone has OE then can you please post it.
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what if A died on Feb of 1929 and B died on April of 1928 . A used it between 1928 April and 1929 Feb ?
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(C) If the playwrights lived until the same year, then there careers could presumably overlap, even though B is much older. Therefore, that gives A time to come up with the convention, and then for B to use it in a couple of his plays.



The inconsistency is explained by the fact that B, though BORN much BEFORE A, USED the concept AFTER A. Now this explanation has apparently nothing to do with when they died. This can be an explanation irrespective of whether they died in the same year or decades apart. Hence I am not much convinced of the OE. The only condition is that B should not have died BEFORE A used the concept. The time difference between the deaths of A and B does not apparently play any role in explaining the inconsistency.


It seems unlikely that a person could influence someone born decades earlier.

This example would explain the discrepancy.

B was born in 1820.
A was born in 1850.
A broke the convention in 1875.
B used the same device in 1877 and in 1879.
A an B died in 1990.

So, even if B was born decades before A, he could still have used techniques pioneered by A.

Choice C presents this possibility.

The following is a real life example.

Haydn was born in 1732, while Mozart was born in 1756. Mozart in his youth, was influenced by Haydn. Later, Mozart genious was obvious and influenced other musicians, Haydn among them. Mozart died in in1791at 35 while Haydn died in 1809. Haydn later works were influenced by Mozart.

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If 'C' is the OE, it makes either of two assumptions:

1. Even though B was born decades ago A, the incorporation of devices done by B was later than done by A.
2. B might have been the one who incorporated the devices earlier, but because of his death before A (assumption that B died before A), the recognition was given to A.

Regardless of the explanation, the OE can't be reached without certain assumptions as there is no mention as to who died first.

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If 'C' is the OE, it makes either of two assumptions:

1. Even though B was born decades ago A, the incorporation of devices done by B was later than done by A.
2. B might have been the one who incorporated the devices earlier, but because of his death before A (assumption that B died before A), the recognition was given to A.

Regardless of the explanation, the OE can't be reached without certain assumptions as there is no mention as to who died first.

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You are right. Precisely, the discrepancy can be explained if assumption1 is true (see previous post). However, assumption 2 contradicts the facts; if assumption 2 were true, then B would be credited with being the first one. And even if assumption 2 were true, none of the answers would explain the paradox.
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