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# The contemporary Mexican artistic movement known as muralism, a moveme

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Explanation

3. Which one of the following aspects of muralist painting does the author appear to value most highly?

Difficulty Level: 700

Explanation

(A)—Since the author feels that to focus on muralism’s ideology is reductive and “a mistake,” s/he would not choose it as muralism’s most respected aspect.

(B)—Brilliant color is ascribed to Siqueiros but not to other muralists, so it too is unlikely to be the most admired element.

(C)—The correct answer, (C) picks up on the enthusiastic language in paragraphs 3 (where style is described with phrases like “strange experimentation,” “openly emotional,” “strong diagonal,” “heightened movement and drama,” and so forth) and 4 (where the muralists’ “think[ing] big” and “respect[ing] the sweeping gesture” led to “the desired bold effect”). Half of the passage, in other words, is devoted to approving descriptions of that which (C) mentions.

(D)—Depicting everyday life was, inferably from paragraph 1, part of the cultural/ideological element of muralism. But since the author is most interested in the movement’s “wide panoramas” and extravagant expressiveness, the mundane is hardly his/her most admired feature.

(E) is clearly an ideological element. The author is far more interested in muralism’s aesthetics than its ideology.

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Sajjad1994, For q6, can you please explain where does it state in the passage that muralists created work that was deliberately not political in nature.
In the passage, it was mentioned that artists formed the foundation of muralist art. However, I was not able to identify in the passage that artists deliberately (consciously) avoided including political content in their work.
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Sajjad1994, For q8, I used process of elimination, and selected E. I identified that tone of the passage should be neutral. Therefore, I was hesitant to select E because of argue. What language we should pay attention in the passage to see that there is an argument that that muralism cannot be understood by focusing solely on its political dimension?
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6. Which one of the following, if true, most supports the author’s claim about the relationship between muralism and the Mexican Revolution (lines 24–27)?

Difficulty Level: 700

Explanation

Lines 24–27 assert that muralists transcended “political and social awareness”—i.e. ideology—in favor of “innovations” that (paragraphs 2 and 3 go on to clarify) relate to expressiveness of style. (A) would be a clear-cut example of that transcendence, so (A) supports the author’s claim that the ideological interests of the Revolution were not the muralists’ sole concern.

(B), (D)—No mention is made of muralists (B) or government officials (D) who were ignorant of the outside world, artistic or otherwise.

(C)—These were “important innovations,” exactly the opposite of “revivals of earlier movements.”

(E)—There’s no sense at all that the public was shielded from any muralist efforts; indeed, the opposite is suggested in paragraphs 2 (lines 28–29) and 4 (lines 56–60).

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Sajjad1994, For q6, can you please explain where does it state in the passage that muralists created work that was deliberately not political in nature.
In the passage, it was mentioned that artists formed the foundation of muralist art. However, I was not able to identify in the passage that artists deliberately (consciously) avoided including political content in their work.
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8. The primary purpose of the second paragraph is to

Difficulty Level: 600

Passage map

Paragraph 1—Muralism reflected Mexican culture

Paragraph 2—It also was expressive; went beyond politics

Paragraph 3—Muralists had distinct indiv. styles

Paragraph 4—Technique and intended impact

This sort of breakdown will help you locate right answers as you need to seek them out.

Our Roadmap said of paragraph 2, That’s (E) in a nutshell.

(A)—Muralism, as noted regarding question 7 (E) above, was a movement of diversity of form and content, so (A) is hardly a purpose that the author would embrace, whether in paragraph 2 or elsewhere.

(B)—Several choices among these eight questions have trumped up some sort of artists vs. government conflict, and this is the latest. They’ve all been wrong. To say that the muralists’ interests went beyond the ideology that interested the government is not to imply any necessary clash.

(C)—Commentary on the historic period is mentioned in paragraph 1. Paragraph 2 is about style, not content. So (C) is something of a train wreck.

(D), like (C), focuses on the concerns of paragraph 1.

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Sajjad1994, For q8, I used process of elimination, and selected E. I identified that tone of the passage should be neutral. Therefore, I was hesitant to select E because of argue. What language we should pay attention in the passage to see that there is an argument that that muralism cannot be understood by focusing solely on its political dimension?
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Sajjad1994, thank you for providing a summary. Could you please help to identify examples of the language to see that the passage is arguing that muralism cannot be understood by focusing only on political dimension?
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Time took - 18 minutes
All correct except Q4
Sajjad1994 Could you provide explanation for Q4? I marked B as correct answer.
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Time took - 18 minutes
All correct except Q4
Sajjad1994 Could you provide explanation for Q4? I marked B as correct answer.

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4. Based on the passage, with which one of the following statements about art would the muralists be most likely to agree?

Difficulty Level: 700

Explanation

(A) eschews content altogether in favor of form, but this runs counter to the muralists’ commitment to cultural commentary and their enthusiastic incorporation of “images and familiar ideas,” as described in paragraph 1.

(B)—Government “essential”? Not supported by the text. That the muralists painted “public buildings” (line 29) implies that they received some subsidy, but we get no more hint than that; in any event, the passage’s focus is on elements of art that transcended the government’s concerns.

(C)—Since “muralists often used a realist style,” lines 29–30, it’s unlikely that they’d assent to (C).

(D), the correct answer, is right out of paragraph 3, where the muralists’ “common interest in...their Mexican national identity” is seen as consonant with Rivera’s use of pre-Columbian and Italian Renaissance imagery. There’s a strong sense that the muralists would eagerly take from any sources they thought congenial, and (D) reflects this.

(E) needn’t take much of your attention once you’ve located (D). In any case, all of the passage’s interest in huge murals and sweeping gesture cannot fairly be read as any kind of slight towards the traditional easel, which is mentioned simply in contrast to the mural (lines 50–52).

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Could someone explain why A is the wrong answer for q7? Thank you
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