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Storytelling appears to be a universal aspect of both past and present

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Storytelling appears to be a universal aspect of both past and present cultures. Comparative study of traditional narratives from widely separated epochs and diverse cultures reveals common themes such as creation, tribal origin, mystical beings and quasi-historical figures, and common story types such as fables and tales in which animals assume human personalities.

The evidence cited above from the study of traditional narratives most supports which one of the following statements?

(A) Storytellers routinely borrow themes from other cultures.
(B) Storytellers have long understood that the narrative is a universal aspect of human culture.
(C) Certain human concerns and interests arise in all of the world’s cultures.
(D) Storytelling was no less important in ancient cultures than it is in modern cultures.
(E) The best way to understand a culture is to understand what motivates its storytellers.

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Storytelling appears to be a universal aspect of both past and present cultures. Comparative study of traditional narratives from widely separated epochs and diverse cultures reveals common themes such as creation, tribal origin, mystical beings and quasi-historical figures, and common story types such as fables and tales in which animals assume human personalities.

The evidence cited above from the study of traditional narratives most supports which one of the following statements?

(A) Storytellers routinely borrow themes from other cultures.
(B) Storytellers have long understood that the narrative is a universal aspect of human culture.
(C) Certain human concerns and interests arise in all of the world’s cultures.
(D) Storytelling was no less important in ancient cultures than it is in modern cultures.
(E) The best way to understand a culture is to understand what motivates its storytellers.


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Storytelling appears to be a universal aspect of both past and present cultures. Comparative study of traditional narratives from widely separated epochs and diverse cultures reveals common themes such as creation, tribal origin, mystical beings and quasi-historical figures, and common story types such as fables and tales in which animals assume human personalities.

The evidence cited above from the study of traditional narratives most supports which one of the following statements?



Understand the stimulus:
- storytelling appears to be universal aspect means storytelling is practiced all over the world . It was practiced in past and in present.
- when we compare narratives(literature) from different regions or tribes around the world we can see a common theme a common origin. The basic idea is almost the same all around the world but with few tweaks of respective tribes...

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What can we infer??
We know that narratives of many cultures have same origin same theme ..then is it possible that whatever the narratives are based on are common? For eg: When we smile , our lips tend to move in a upward slope..now in almost all the cultures or areas you visit you will find the same gesture.. no one will make a sad face when they smile( not the normal ones at least)...so this is a universal gesture ...on a similar line if there is same origin same basic theme then is it possible that these cultures have something in common?? Can be anything!! In our case the basic ideas on which the narratives are based
... Now let's dig in

A) Storytellers routinely borrow themes from other cultures.
- "routinely" mean regularly
.do we know storytellers do this routinely?? Nope.. they may just do it once or twice and then build upon the basic idea.

(B) Storytellers have long understood that the narrative is a universal aspect of human culture.
- "long understood" ..we just know about the practice"storytelling" ..we do not know anything about the storytellers per se.. how well they knew what they knew how long they knew...no idea..

(C) Certain human concerns and interests arise in all of the world’s cultures.
- "all" this word is what troubled me.. the rest of the words are actually what I prethought but the word "all" is not really supported here...let's look for another choice ..we won't discard it just yet as rest of the choice can fairly be inferred..

(D) Storytelling was no less important in ancient cultures than it is in modern cultures.
- do we know anything about respective importance of two periods?? It may be less important or it may be more important we absolutely have no data to conclude this..

(E) The best way to understand a culture is to understand what motivates its storytellers.
"Best way" classic GMAT Ans choice... Please take a note of this choice... In many CR questions you will be presented with A WAY to solve a problem but we are nowhere given that this way is the best .the answer choices for such questions include an answer choices worded as "this is the best way" ...as long as we are not given any hint or explicit information about the way being the best we can discard it...the author never tells us that this way is the best.

So out of all , C is the least worst... 90% supported.. nevertheless had this been a MUST BE TRUE question , you wpuld not have encountered this answer choice

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AdityaHongunti : the word universal seems to convey the meaning of "all" here. Storytelling appears to be UNIVERSAL...

your thoughts on this..
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Storytelling appears to be a universal aspect of both past and present cultures. Comparative study of traditional narratives from widely separated epochs and diverse cultures reveals common themes such as creation, tribal origin, mystical beings and quasi-historical figures, and common story types such as fables and tales in which animals assume human personalities.

The evidence cited above from the study of traditional narratives most supports which one of the following statements?

(A) Storytellers routinely borrow themes from other cultures. The passage never mentions that Storytellers borrowed themes. Maybe they created their own themes which turned out to be common
(B) Storytellers have long understood that the narrative is a universal aspect of human culture.This appears to be true to the author, not to the storytellers. Story tellers may not be aware of this.
(C) Certain human concerns and interests arise in all of the world’s cultures. Here certain human concerns and interests refer to common themes and story types. -- tribal origin, mystical beings and quasi-historical figures. These themes and story types would not have originated without human concerns and interests( Just think about it - can you develop stories on tribal origin etc without any concern with humans?) .Since they were common in both past and present cultures (all cultures), we can say that some human concerns and interests did arise in all cultures
(D) Storytelling was no less important in ancient cultures than it is in modern cultures.We never compared the importance of story tellingin ancient cultures and modern cultures
(E) The best way to understand a culture is to understand what motivates its storytellers. I just stopped reading at best :)
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Storytelling appears to be a universal aspect of both past and present cultures. Comparative study of traditional narratives from widely separated epochs and diverse cultures reveals common themes such as creation, tribal origin, mystical beings and quasi-historical figures, and common story types such as fables and tales in which animals assume human personalities.

The evidence cited above from the study of traditional narratives most supports which one of the following statements?

(A) Storytellers routinely borrow themes from other cultures.- out of scope; every storyteller arrives at those themes on his or her own- Comparative study of traditional narratives from widely separated epochs and diverse cultures reveals common themes
(B) Storytellers have long understood that the narrative is a universal aspect of human culture. - out of scope
(C) Certain human concerns and interests arise in all of the world’s cultures. - Correct
(D) Storytelling was no less important in ancient cultures than it is in modern cultures.- out of scope; there is no discussion of relative importance.
(E) The best way to understand a culture is to understand what motivates its storytellers. - out of scope

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