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# Professor Chan: The literature department s undergraduate

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10 Aug 2007, 18:13
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Professor Chan: The literature department’s undergraduate courses should cover only true literary works, and not such frivolous material as advertisements.
Professor Wigmore: Advertisements might or might not be true literary works but they do have a powerfully detrimental effect on society—largely because people cannot discern their real messages. The literature department’s courses give students the critical skills to analyze and understand texts. Therefore, it is the literature department’s responsibility to include the study of advertisements in its undergraduate courses.

Which one of the following is an assumption on which Professor Wigmore’s argument depends?
(A) Texts that are true literary works never have a detrimental effect on society.
(B) Courses offered by the literature department cannot include both true literary works and material such as advertisement.
(C) Students who take courses in the literature department do not get from those courses other skills besides those needed to analyze and understand texts.
(D) Forms of advertising that convey their message entirely through visual images do not have a detrimental effect on society.
(E) The literature department’s responsibility is not limited to teaching students how to analyze true literary works.

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10 Aug 2007, 19:28
C looks closer. Thanks

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10 Aug 2007, 19:32
msrinath wrote:
Professor Chan: The literature department’s undergraduate courses should cover only true literary works, and not such frivolous material as advertisements.
Professor Wigmore: Advertisements might or might not be true literary works but they do have a powerfully detrimental effect on society—largely because people cannot discern their real messages. The literature department’s courses give students the critical skills to analyze and understand texts. Therefore, it is the literature department’s responsibility to include the study of advertisements in its undergraduate courses.

Which one of the following is an assumption on which Professor Wigmore’s argument depends?
(A) Texts that are true literary works never have a detrimental effect on society.
(B) Courses offered by the literature department cannot include both true literary works and material such as advertisement.
(C) Students who take courses in the literature department do not get from those courses other skills besides those needed to analyze and understand texts.
(D) Forms of advertising that convey their message entirely through visual images do not have a detrimental effect on society.
(E) The literature department’s responsibility is not limited to teaching students how to analyze true literary works.

i got B for the answer.. we are more concerned about whether it is the literature dept's responsibility to include study of advertisements.

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11 Aug 2007, 02:32
I pick E.
C and E seem to be the only possible choices to me.

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11 Aug 2007, 04:04
I also think E is the assumption.

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11 Aug 2007, 07:27
I am confused between C and E.
I would have chosen E if it were the test.

Whatz the OA ?

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11 Aug 2007, 12:55

what is OA?

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12 Aug 2007, 05:37
C.

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12 Aug 2007, 05:45
I will pick E. If we use negative test for this choice then prof wigmore's argument falls apart.

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13 Aug 2007, 15:17
I definitely think it's E.

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13 Aug 2007, 15:30
I'll choose E.

According to professor wigmore, it requires some skills to discern the real messages of the advertisements. the literature department's courses give students the critical skills to analyze and understand texts (doesn't specify what kind of texts). and then concludes that it is the literature department’s responsibility to include the study of advertisements (so students can analyze their real message) in its undergraduate courses.
now if we negate E(The literature department’s responsibility is limited to teaching students how to analyze true literary works.) whole argument above falls apart.

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13 Aug 2007, 15:43
Quote:
Professor Chan: The literature department’s undergraduate courses should cover only true literary works, and not such frivolous material as advertisements.
Professor Wigmore: Advertisements might or might not be true literary works but they do have a powerfully detrimental effect on society—largely because people cannot discern their real messages. The literature department’s courses give students the critical skills to analyze and understand texts. Therefore, it is the literature department’s responsibility to include the study of advertisements in its undergraduate courses.

vote: E

Wigmore's argument:
P2: Advertisements DO have a detrimental effect on societ b/c people cannot understand the real message
P3: Literature dept's purpose is to provide students with critical thinking skills and be able to understand text.
A1:

Assumption relates the department's purpose with the challenge society faces in understanding advertisements.

Chan says advertisements should be studied b/c they're not literary works. Wigmore argues that regardless whether advertisements are literary works or not, they impact society b/c people do not understand the real message. The department's purpose is to teach students to interpret written works (like advertisements). THerefore, they should use advertisements.

E tells me that the departments's responsibility is teaching students to understand all written works and should not be limited to certain literary works.

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13 Aug 2007, 16:26
E

It's the department's responsibility to teach critical skills, which one can gain from advertisements. Hence the department should teach anything that enhances critical skills, and not just true literary works.

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13 Aug 2007, 17:39
msrinath wrote:
Professor Chan: The literature department’s undergraduate courses should cover only true literary works, and not such frivolous material as advertisements.
Professor Wigmore: Advertisements might or might not be true literary works but they do have a powerfully detrimental effect on society—largely because people cannot discern their real messages. The literature department’s courses give students the critical skills to analyze and understand texts. Therefore, it is the literature department’s responsibility to include the study of advertisements in its undergraduate courses.

Which one of the following is an assumption on which Professor Wigmore’s argument depends?
(A) Texts that are true literary works never have a detrimental effect on society.
(B) Courses offered by the literature department cannot include both true literary works and material such as advertisement.
(C) Students who take courses in the literature department do not get from those courses other skills besides those needed to analyze and understand texts.
(D) Forms of advertising that convey their message entirely through visual images do not have a detrimental effect on society.
(E) The literature department’s responsibility is not limited to teaching students how to analyze true literary works.

I will go with D...

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13 Aug 2007, 23:18
the choice is between B and E

I am more inclined towards B

because arg says since courses give only critical skills therefore dept need to offer advertisement courses

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