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# Professor Chan: The literature department’s undergraduate courses

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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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27 Dec 2018, 09:10
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There are two competitors here: (C) and (E):

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. -- We only talk about advertisements, not literary works, so it is too broad and out of scope
(B) Courses offered by the literature department cannot include both true literary works and material such as advertisement. -- Negate it, and who cares if they offer both?
(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. -- Who cares what they also get from the courses as long as they get what the professor stated? Again, doesn't help or destroy the argument
(D) Forms of advertising that convey their message entirely through visual images do not have a detrimental effect on society. -- Reinforces the first sentence when negated, so doesn't help our argument
(E) The literature department’s responsibility is not limited to teaching students how to analyze true literary works. -- The literature department's responsibility is LIMITED to.......so if we cannot teach beyond how to analyze, this argument falls apart. Winner
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27 Dec 2018, 09:36
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27 Dec 2018, 19:43
Gladiator59 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.

Professor Wigmore states that advertisements have a powerful effect on society and that people cannot understand the advertisements true meaning. Additionally, the Professor claims the literature department is designed to teach students critical skills to analyze and understand texts. Therefore, it is safe to assume that the literature department is not solely responsible for teaching students how to analyze only literature works.

Answer choice E.
Re: Professor Chan: The literature department’s undergraduate courses   [#permalink] 27 Dec 2018, 19:43
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