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# Stage performances are judged to be realistic to the degree

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12 Apr 2007, 04:28
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Stage performances are judged to be realistic to the degree that actors reproduce on stage the behaviors generally associated by audiences with the emotional states of the characters portrayed. Traditional actors imitate those behaviors, whereas Method actors, through recollection of personal experience, actually experience the same emotions that their characters are meant to be experiencing. Audiences will therefore judge the performances of Method actors to be more realistic than the performances of traditional actors.
Which one of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?
(A) Performances based on an actorâ€™s own experience of emotional states are more likely to affect an audienceâ€™s emotions than are performances based on imitations of the behaviors generally associated with those emotional states.
(B) The behavior that results when a Method actor feels a certain emotion will conform to the behavior that is generally associated by audiences with that emotion.
(C) Realism is an essential criterion for evaluating the performances of both traditional actors and Method actors.
(D) Traditional actors do not aim to produce performances that are realistic representations of a characterâ€™s emotional states.
(E) In order to portray a character, a Method actor need not have had experiences identical to those of the character portrayed.

Both A and B seem to be really close...any thoughts on the correct choice??

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12 Apr 2007, 09:29
I think it's a clear A. Let me try to explain

vineetgupta wrote:

Premise 1

Stage performances are judged to be realistic to the degree that actors reproduce on stage the behaviors generally associated by audiences with the emotional states of the characters portrayed.

Premise 2

Traditional actors imitate those behaviors, whereas Method actors, through recollection of personal experience, actually experience the same emotions that their characters are meant to be experiencing.

Unstated Premise (Assumption)

SINCE - Actual experience (felt by method actors) would more realistically portray the feelings (generally associated by the audience) than imitative behavior ----------> This is captured in choice A below.

Audiences will therefore judge the performances of Method actors to be more realistic than the performances of traditional actors.

Which one of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

(A) Performances based on an actorâ€™s own experience of emotional states are more likely to affect an audienceâ€™s emotions than are performances based on imitations of the behaviors generally associated with those emotional states.

(B) The behavior that results when a Method actor feels a certain emotion will conform to the behavior that is generally associated by audiences with that emotion.

Yes it will and so will the imitative behavior - the question is which one of the two is superior (imitative or that employed by the Method actor)

(C) Realism is an essential criterion for evaluating the performances of both traditional actors and Method actors.

(D) Traditional actors do not aim to produce performances that are realistic representations of a characterâ€™s emotional states.

(E) In order to portray a character, a Method actor need not have had experiences identical to those of the character portrayed.

Both A and B seem to be really close...any thoughts on the correct choice??

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12 Apr 2007, 09:39
This is a very good question. Both A and B are close.

Refutation for B: B says,"what if the behavior associated with the emotion is different between the actor and the audience?". The same could be true for the traditional actor, who mimics the behavior as well. It is a question of one person's associations, with those of the entire audience. So, B is not the base for the argument.

A seems to directly underlie the argument. My choice is A for this reason.

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12 Apr 2007, 09:56
A.

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12 Apr 2007, 11:29
I think its B .OA ?

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12 Apr 2007, 11:38
Here we have an A.

B uses the wrong words. We are not interested in behavior at all.

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13 Apr 2007, 08:34
Surprise...The OA is B...any thoughts??

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13 Apr 2007, 08:38
hmm...glad that didn't appear on my GMAT.

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