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can anyone explain the question no 7 please


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7. According to the passage, human figures in Bearden’s paintings do all of the following EXCEPT:

Difficulty Level: 700-750

Explanation

The Hot Words are “human figures,” which means individuals, which means we want to study lines 26-34. (D) turns out to be correct because—according to lines 34-37—it was color, not human figures, that Bearden used to convey moods. Each of the other choices has textual support, sometimes almost verbatim:

(A), line 29;

(B), lines 29-33;

(C), lines 33-34; and

(E), lines 30-31.

Answer: D
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Re: The paintings of Roman Bearden (19141988) represent a double triumph. [#permalink]
explanation for question 4,5 and 8 please?
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can anyone explain questions 4 and 8, please?
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explanation for question 4,5 and 8 please?


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can anyone explain questions 4 and 8, please?


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4. Based on the passage, with which one of the following statements would Bearden have been most likely to agree?

Difficulty Level: 650

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No way to predict an answer here, so we must confidently look for something strongly consistent with Bearden’s art as described somewhere in the text.

(A) is opposite because according to paragraph 4 Bearden eschewed the prosaic, and he sought out AfricanAmerican themes, rituals and ceremonies and the like, that certainly transcend the “commonplace.”

(B)’s celebration of the expressive uses of color should have struck you as most consistent with the text, and if you seek support for (B) you get it in lines 37-40.

Having spotted and confirmed (B), you should give the remaining choices a cursory look, confident that they’re wrong but wanting confirmation. All three are opposite. By making style subservient to content, (C) flies in the face of the “double triumph.” Bearden’s many paintings of suffering contradict (D).

And lines 45-48 confirm that to Bearden, what journalism and photography brought to art was actually simplification and “cloudy rendering” (E).

Answer: B


5. It can be inferred from the passage that journalistic and photographic records of Depression-era Harlem generally do not

Difficulty Level: 750

Explanation

We just considered journalism and photography (E) in question 4, so that gives us a leg up. If those arts “simplify” and “render cloudy” the richness of the world, then that richness is something that doesn’t come through, making (D) correct.

(A) is opposite, far too complimentary about journalism and photography, while their subject matter

(B) is never discussed. (C), too, is also opposite, since the text strongly suggests that “the clichés [that is, platitudes] of sociology” were related to, if not reflected by, the techniques of journalism and photography. You can only pick (E) if you miss the word “not” in the question stem; (E) is what journalism and photography did do.

Answer: D


8. The passage suggests that the author’s attitude toward Bearden’s innovative painting techniques is one of

Difficulty Level: 700

Explanation

By now we know that our author is crazy about Bearden’s techniques, mostly because they’re a major component of his vivid portrait of African-American life. That’s (A).

If anything, the author credits Bearden with turning the simple into the complex, in contradiction to (B). “Respect” is a bit tepid, and anyway, Bearden’s technique reflects African-American life’s “rhythm and textures”; it’s not “rooted” in them.

(D) is of course too negative—Bearden’s technique complements his content—and (E) has the wrong scope, since this passage’s retrospective look at Bearden shows no interest in sending a message to African-American artists today.

Answer: A
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Re: The paintings of Roman Bearden (19141988) represent a double triumph. [#permalink]
Please post the OA for Question 1.
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1. Which one of the following best summarizes the main idea of the passage?

Difficulty Level: 600

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Merely seeing the words “double triumph,” and understanding the nature of the “double triumph,” should quickly yield (B). It’s got the craft (Paragraph 2), the overview of AAM life (Paragraphs 3 and 4), and the appreciation of his uniqueness.

(A) ignores the stylistic issues altogether and blows up in importance a contrast largely restricted to lines 41-45.

(C) gives too much prominence to style, and suggests that Bearden’s reconciling of his style and his vision was something of a struggle when no such hint is present.

(D) directly contradicts lines 20-23.

As for (E), it implies that the author is conceding one famous aspect of Bearden’s art while announcing a less-known another element, when in fact the passage celebrates both equally.

Answer: B


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Please post the OA for Question 1.
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Can someone please explain why the answer to question no.2 is 'C' instead of 'A'
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animeshdash1000 wrote:
Can someone please explain why the answer to question no.2 is 'C' instead of 'A'


Paragraph 2 is the domain of the technique discussion, and (C) is just a straight paraphrase of lines 11-14.

"Bearden suggested some of the ways in which
commonplace subjects could be forced to undergo a
metamorphosis when filtered through the techniques
available to the resourceful artist."

(A) doesn’t come into the picture until many lines later, and it’s not connected to Bearden’s innovative style.
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