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# Professor Chan: The literature department s undergraduate

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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 Dec 2007, 12:03
C - if understanding a text covered in school can help understand another which was not covered, but a need to understand advertising remains, it indicates that advertising is too dissimilar and must be covered explicitly

whats OA?
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10 Dec 2007, 20:28
Through elimination

A) has "never" so the assumption seems to broad
(B) contrary to his stated opinion
(C) they might get other skills,
(E) Correct - not just how to analyze true literary works but the critical skills to analyze and understand texts, any texts
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11 Dec 2007, 03:28
My choice is A.

If we assume that lterary works have minute detrimental effect than Professor Wigmore's whole comment is invalid as he talks specifically on detrimental effect.

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11 Dec 2007, 04:19
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.

E by POE.
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11 Dec 2007, 04:20
I go with B.
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11 Dec 2007, 13:52
AlexBon wrote:
I go with B.

Why?
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12 Dec 2007, 01:28
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 would say B, but I kinda doubt... It it sounded "Courses offered by the literature department doesn't include..." I would be more confident in my choice. I also thought about E, but it says about "to analyze true literary works" and author speaks about "to analyze and understand texts" which is not the same.

So, I pick B
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12 Dec 2007, 04:47
Ok, So what is the OA?
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12 Dec 2007, 06:05
OA is B.
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12 Dec 2007, 08:02
eyunni wrote:
OA is B.

I still don't get why B is the answer....

What's the source?
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12 Dec 2007, 09:01
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.
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12 Dec 2007, 09:32
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.

I thought the same way, though, I was confused by "cannot"
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12 Dec 2007, 09:59
elgo wrote:
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.

I thought the same way, though, I was confused by "cannot"

To be honest, me too but I guess this one (B) is the only answer that accomplishes logically the argument.
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30 Dec 2007, 10:09
AlexBon wrote:
elgo wrote:
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.

I thought the same way, though, I was confused by "cannot"

To be honest, me too but I guess this one (B) is the only answer that accomplishes logically the argument.

I don-t catch. The fact that the course cannot include advertisements does not seem to be an assumption from Wigmore....he states that the course has a responsibility to go over literalry works....can someone clear it me please
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30 Dec 2007, 11:01
Whats the source?
To me E sounds best. It was down to choosing between A and E and A got rejected for being too extreme.

B never even occurred to me. Would love to see the explanation.
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01 Jan 2008, 07:51
I do not understand the full reason why its B.

But I read B differently. Wigmore thinks that advertisements need to be included in the lit department courses. But B is saying that if teh study of advertisement is included in a course offered by the lit department, the course cannot contain anything about the study of true literary works.

so why is this mutual exclusion an assumption according to the OA, thats what I don't get?
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02 Jan 2008, 06:58
I got E as well. B never even occured to me. I can't see the logic with B.
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03 Jan 2008, 09:05
I really don't see how B can be correct......then again I chose D so what do I know

Wigmore is not assuming they both cant be taught together? That is what he is advocating ?

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