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Sometime during the 1950's, rock music permanently ousted jazz from the music scene. This is evident from the behavior of youths of that time. In crowded nightclubs they would applaud roc;k acts enthusiastically. But when a jazz act began, they went outside and got refreshments. They came back in only when the jazz set was finished.

Which of the following statements, if true, is a valid objection to the conclusion drawn above?

(A) Jazz is the most important musical contribution of the United States to world culture.
(B) Although some young people who attended nightclubs in the 1950's did try to listen to jazz, they eventually became bored with it.
(C) Since the 1960's, rock music has not only provided youths with recreation but has, as well, become a rallying point for making social statements.
(D) Although by 1960 jazz performances were less popular, there has since been a revival of interest in jazz among middle-class professionals.
(E) Jazz steadily increased in popularity between the 1930's and the 1950's.

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03 Apr 2020, 11:35
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I guess there are some typing errors in answer choice C and D. It does not make sense to discuss year 1960 in answer choices when the argument is set in the back drop of year 1950. So I will assume that it is 1950 in the answer choices as well.
Lets simplify the argument.
Youths going to nightclubs listened to rock music and ignored jazz.
From this the argument jumps to conclusion that rock has ousted jazz.
Flaw: Just because youths do not prefer jazz does not mean that jazz is no longer heard.
A. General statement. Does not help.
B. This actually further strengthens the conclusion that people got bored with jazz. Incorrect.
C. Strengthens again. Incorrect.
D. Correct. This option says middle class professionals are still interested in jazz. So jazz is not completwly ousted.
E. What happenned between 1930 and 1950 is irrelevant.
D is correct.

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04 Apr 2020, 14:02
In my opinion, the correct answer is D.
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08 Apr 2020, 10:41

Thesis: "Sometime during the 1950's, rock music permanently ousted jazz from the music scene."

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(A) Jazz is the most important musical contribution of the United States to world culture.

This option does not directly disagree with the thesis -- this material is irrelevant

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(B) Although some young people who attended nightclubs in the 1950's did try to listen to jazz, they eventually became bored with it.

This option actually SUPPORTS the thesis by expanding on the author's evidence, stating that young people were bored with jazz. It does not disagree with the claim that rock music is more popular than jazz.

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(C) Since the 1960's, rock music has not only provided youths with recreation but has, as well, become a rallying point for making social statements.

The option SUPPORTS the thesis, stating that rock music has remained popular -- it does not mention the popularity of jazz.

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(D) Although by 1960 jazz performances were less popular, there has since been a revival of interest in jazz among middle-class professionals.

This option states that while rock music may have been more popular in the 1950s (up to the year 1960), some people are still interested in jazz. Therefore, it still has place in the "music scene.

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(E) Jazz steadily increased in popularity between the 1930's and the 1950's.

This is irrelevant -- we are looking at the timeframe post-1960.

Re: Sometime during the 1950's, rock music permanently ousted jazz from th   [#permalink] 08 Apr 2020, 10:41