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# Some historians contend that conditions in the United States during th

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25 Oct 2016, 03:30
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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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11 Jun 2017, 23:38
raffamaiden wrote:
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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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05 Dec 2017, 01:45
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.

nice questions.
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04 Aug 2018, 09:10
Can anyone please explain all the 6 questions as I got only 2 correct out of 6
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21 Sep 2018, 04:36
took 12 minutes
5 correct and 1 wrong.
Q2 was wrong and it was a tough one
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Unions faced a choice between either maintaining the prewar status quo or promoting a more inclusive approach that sought for all members the right to participate in the internal affairs of unions, access to skilled and high-paying positions within the occupational hierarchy, and protection against management's arbitrary authority in the workplace.

5. The "unions' dilemma" (highlight) mentioned in the highlighted text can best be described as the question of whether or not to

B. fight for greater union participation in management decisions

D. extend full rights and benefits to all their members

HI GMATNinja, mikemcgarry, RonPurewal, DmitryFarber, MagooshExpert (Carolyn), ccooley, GMATGuruNY

In the above question protection against management's arbitrary authority in the workplace doesn't mean B?
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Unions faced a choice between either maintaining the prewar status quo or promoting a more inclusive approach that sought for all members the right to participate in the internal affairs of unions, access to skilled and high-paying positions within the occupational hierarchy, and protection against management's arbitrary authority in the workplace.

5. The "unions' dilemma" (highlight) mentioned in the highlighted text can best be described as the question of whether or not to

B. fight for greater union participation in management decisions

D. extend full rights and benefits to all their members

HI GMATNinja, mikemcgarry, RonPurewal, DmitryFarber, MagooshExpert (Carolyn), ccooley, GMATGuruNY

In the above question protection against management's arbitrary authority in the workplace doesn't mean B?

No , that is one of the benefits which the members of the union receive.

Dilemma is "Unions faced a choice between either maintaining the prewar status quo or promoting a more inclusive approach that sought for all members"

Benefits which members of the union receive are "the right to participate in the internal affairs of unions, access to skilled and high-paying positions within the occupational hierarchy, and protection against management's arbitrary authority in the workplace."
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