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# Playwright A is credited with being the first playwright to break the

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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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Magoosh Official Explanation:

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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