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# Professor Chan: The literature department s undergraduate

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04 Jan 2008, 18:55
eyunni 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 strongly go with C. the color says that students...get nothing but skills needed to analyse...That is assumption
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05 Jan 2008, 05:45
AlexBon wrote:
eyunni 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'll try to elucidate. Professor's argument depends on condition that lit depature does not include or cannot include both true literary works and advertisments. Otherwise Professor's claim to include the study of ads in the course does not make sense at all.

This isn't very convincing... Prof chan specifically says that courses should cover only true literary works, and not such frivolous material as advertisements. means that only truw literay work should be covered.. doesn;t that mean that oth CAN be included...

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07 Jan 2008, 13:00
B is not for sure.... statement B says "cannot" , then there is no need for an argument here by the first prof.
Also, Prof wigmore says that "Advertisements might or might not be true literary works "

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20 May 2008, 07:20
guys i marked C for this one....can somebody please explain this one in more details

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20 May 2008, 09:22
eyunni 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.
Irrelevant

(B) Courses offered by the literature department cannot include both true literary works and material such as advertisement.
Out of Scope, thought its about inclusion of adv course, but nowhere its said that both can not be included.

(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.
Thats very broad statement, students may get other skills besides the skill needed to analyze and understand the text

(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.
Correct Choice : That clearly explains that literature department students should be able to analyze some thing other than literary works

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20 May 2008, 10:21
got E too...It is the only one that is relevant.

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