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New post 09 Aug 2016, 22:25
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Can someone explain question 2?


2. According to the passage, the historians (at the beginning) and the scholars (highlight) disagree about the
A. contribution made by organized labor to the war effort during the Second World War
passage did not mention anything about contribution
B. issues that union members considered most important during the Second World War
nothing said about issues either
C. relationship between unions and African Americans during the Second World War
Yes. Histories contend: African Americans should make alliance with trade unions. Scholars concider organized labor as defending all along the relatively privileged position of White workers relative to African American workers. Obviously, Scholars don't want an alliance between AA and trade unions.
D. effect of the Second World War on the influence of unions in the workplace
the historians did not disagree on that
E. extent to which African Americans benefited from social and political changes following the Second World War
Nowhere in the passage it states that AA benefited from social and political changes following the Second World War
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New post 09 Aug 2016, 23:03
To answer a first question, let's fist find the Conclusion of the passage: Clearly, these two perspectives are not easily reconcilable, but the historical reality is not reducible to one or the other.

Two perspectives = opposing viewpoints. The fist paragraph gives information about two opposing theories. The second paragraph provides evidences about the challenges that trade unions faced after WWII.

1. The passage is primarily concerned with

A. providing a context within which to evaluate opposing viewpoints about a historical phenomenon
I would not say it is the best answer, rather it is the closest one. The passage talks about two opposing theorie and provides evidences to evaluate them.
B. identifying a flawed assumption underlying one interpretation of a historical phenomenon
There are two distinct theories, not a historical phenomenon.
C. assessing the merits and weaknesses of a controversial theory about a historical phenomenon
The passage merely says that the theories were contradictory, without assessing of their merits and weaknesses
D. discussing the historical importance of the development of a wartime alliance
The war alliance between U.S., Britain, France, USSR was important, but it is not mentioned in the passage
E. evaluating evidence used to support a particular interpretation of a historical phenomenon
There were two distinct theories, not a historical phenomenon.
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1. Which of the following best summarizes a point of view attributed to the historians mentioned in the highlighted text? ('Some historians, line 1')
(A)Trade unions were weakened during the Second World War by their failure to establish a productive relationship with the African American community.
(B)Trade unions and the African American community forged a lasting relationship after the Second World War based on their wartime alliance.
(C) The cause of civil rights was not significantly affected by the wartime alliance between trade unions and the African American community.
(D) The civil rights movement that followed the Second World War forced trade unions to confront contradictions in their practices.
(E) The civil rights movement would have benefited from a postwar continuation of the wartime alliance between trade unions and the African American community.


2. The passage is primarily concerned with
(A)providing a context within which to evaluate opposing viewpoints about a historical phenomenon
(B)identifying a flawed assumption underlying one interpretation of a historical phenomenon
(C) assessing the merits and weaknesses of a controversial theory about a historical phenomenon
(D) discussing the historical importance of the development of a wartime alliance
(E) evaluating evidence used to support a particular interpretation of a historical phenomenon

OA is not given, but my opinion that is
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E, A


Can someone please explain why D is NOT the answer. I can see why A is the answer but I can not see why D is not the answer. The passage does talk about a wartime alliance between Trade unions and African american community and discusses in the first paragraph 2 views that relate to its importance to the civil rights movement. I can see how A is a better answer but am trying to find strong reasons to reject D.

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1. The passage is primarily concerned with
A. providing a context within which to evaluate opposing viewpoints about a historical phenomenon
B. identifying a flawed assumption underlying one interpretation of a historical phenomenon
C. assessing the merits and weaknesses of a controversial theory about a historical phenomenon
D. discussing the historical importance of the development of a wartime alliance
E. evaluating evidence used to support a particular interpretation of a historical phenomenon

Can someone please explain why D is NOT the answer. I can see why A is the answer but I can not see why D is not the answer. The passage does talk about a wartime alliance between Trade unions and African american community and discusses in the first paragraph 2 views that relate to its importance to the civil rights movement. I can see how A is a better answer but am trying to find strong reasons to reject D.

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1. The passage is primarily concerned with
A. providing a context within which to evaluate opposing viewpoints about a historical phenomenon
B. identifying a flawed assumption underlying one interpretation of a historical phenomenon
C. assessing the merits and weaknesses of a controversial theory about a historical phenomenon
D. discussing the historical importance of the development of a wartime alliance
E. evaluating evidence used to support a particular interpretation of a historical phenomenon

Can someone please explain why D is NOT the answer. I can see why A is the answer but I can not see why D is not the answer. The passage does talk about a wartime alliance between Trade unions and African american community and discusses in the first paragraph 2 views that relate to its importance to the civil rights movement. I can see how A is a better answer but am trying to find strong reasons to reject D.




Hello ,

For your help, First lets understand how can we derive a main point -
from the para 1, Author gives two contradicting views on a historical phenomenon(the alliance of trade union and African Americans).
but in the last line Author mentions - the historical reality is not reducible to one(view point of some historians) or the other(view point of other scholars).
from para 2 , Author here gives his opinion about actually what happened.
Trade Union's dilemma (why the contradiction between two viewpoints mentioned in the para 1 happened.!)
Now you can form a main point about the passage by combining the two main points of para 1 and para 2.

presenting the two viewpoints about alliance and then evaluating the phenomenon. (the option A)

option D is wrong because it contains the partial scope (only represent a detail in paragraph one.)
another thing is
discussing the historical importance of the development of a wartime alliance.
the bold part is really not the point author wants to convey us.
I do not see that the "importance of the development of the alliance between TU and AA" is the main purpose why author wrote the Passage.

I hope it helps.

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2. The passage is primarily concerned with
(A)providing a context within which to evaluate opposing viewpoints about a historical phenomenon
(B)identifying a flawed assumption underlying one interpretation of a historical phenomenon
(C) assessing the merits and weaknesses of a controversial theory about a historical phenomenon
(D) discussing the historical importance of the development of a wartime alliance
(E) evaluating evidence used to support a particular interpretation of a historical phenomenon


In this question OA is A. I answered D instead. After all, the passage discuss the historial importance of this alliance: historians say it was important and "sincere", scholars say that trade unions faked all along, so the alliance is not important

Can you explain why A is correct and D is not? Thanks

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2. The passage is primarily concerned with
(A)providing a context within which to evaluate opposing viewpoints about a historical phenomenon
(B)identifying a flawed assumption underlying one interpretation of a historical phenomenon
(C) assessing the merits and weaknesses of a controversial theory about a historical phenomenon
(D) discussing the historical importance of the development of a wartime alliance
(E) evaluating evidence used to support a particular interpretation of a historical phenomenon


In this question OA is A. I answered D instead. After all, the passage discuss the historial importance of this alliance: historians say it was important and "sincere", scholars say that trade unions faked all along, so the alliance is not important

Can you explain why A is correct and D is not? Thanks


Hi , Before someone explains why A is correct, could you please explain your thought process to approach main point question.. Basically this question will be easy once you understand how to solve main point questions.

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Took almost 11 mins to answer 6 questions , including 3 mins to read the passage . All correct though .

1. The passage is primarily concerned with
A. providing a context within which to evaluate opposing viewpoints about a historical phenomenon -- the 2 views are of some historians and other scholars as stated in first paragraph.

2. According to the passage, the historians (at the beginning) and the scholars (highlight) disagree about the
C. relationship between unions and African Americans during the Second World War
-- View 1 (of historians) - dynamic wartime alliance between trade unions and the African American community, an alliance that advanced the cause of civil rights. They conclude that the postwar demise of this vital alliance constituted a lost opportunity for the civil rights movement that followed the war.
-- View 2(scholars) -- organized labor as defending all along the relatively privileged position of White workers relative to African American workers

3.Which of the following best describes the purpose of the first sentence (highlight) in the second paragraph in the passage?
A. To summarize a situation confronted by unions during the Second World War --Unions faced a choice between either maintaining the prewar status quo or promoting a more inclusive approach that sought for all members.....


4. Which of the following best summarizes the opinion of the author of the passage regarding the two points of view presented in the first paragraph (highlight) ?

B. Neither point of view reflects the full complexity of the historical reality. --Clearly, these two perspectives are not easily reconcilable, but the historical reality is not reducible to one or the other.

5. The "unions' dilemma" (highlight) mentioned in the highlighted text can best be described as the question of whether or not to
D. extend full rights and benefits to all their members --refer first few lines of para 2

6. Which of the following best summarizes a point of view attributed to the historians mentioned in the highlighted text? ('Some historians, line 1')
E. The civil rights movement would have benefited from a postwar continuation of the wartime alliance between trade unions and the African American community --They conclude that the postwar demise of this vital alliance constituted a lost opportunity for the civil rights movement that followed the war.
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passage is short and easy but the questions are hard and require good inferences. a key to rc is power of elimination. find one wrong word in answer choices and eliminate it.

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