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Professor: The most important function of epic poetry is to transmit the values by which a group of people is to live. This transmission is accomplished not by an explicit discussion of those values, but rather by their embodiment in heroic figures, who are presented as role models. Imitating those role models gives meaning and direction to the lives of those who hear the poems.

If the professor's statements are true, which one of the following must also be true?

(A) An important function of poetry is to give meaning and direction to the lives of those who hear or read it."
(B) Epic poems accomplish their most important function by presenting heroic figures as role models."
(C) When values are represented in poetry, they are rarely if ever set forth explicitly."
(D) For many groups of people, heroic figures serve as role models embodying the values by which those people are to live."
(E) Only epic poetry presents heroic figures as role models that, if imitated, give meaning and direction to the lives of those who hear it.

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Re: Professor: The most important function of epic poetry is to transmi  [#permalink]

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QUESTION TYPE: Must Be True

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Epic poetry’s main function is to transmit values.
Epic poems do this by presenting heroes as role models.
People get meaning in their lives from imitating these role models.]

ANALYSIS: The most important thing on must be true questions is to have a clear idea of the facts. Usually, the right answer will combine two or more of them.

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A.The stimulus was about epic poetry. This answer is about all poetry. Maybe epic poetry is an unimportant part of poetry in general.

B.CORRECT. This combines facts 1 and 2.

C.Careful. The transmission of values is not done by explicit discussion, but that doesn’t mean values aren’t set forth explicitly. e.g. “The hero was brave, strong and noble”. In my example, I didn’t discuss the hero’s values, but they are set forth explicitly, for you to mimic. Be brave.

D.This sounds good, but the problem is “many groups of people”. The stimulus doesn’t say whether many groups of people are exposed to epic poetry any more.

E.This confuses sufficient for necessary. Yes, all epic poetry presents heroes as role models. But plenty of other things present heroes as role models too….Disney movies for instance.
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