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# The vast majority of extant music from the medieval period is recorded

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The vast majority of extant music from the medieval period is recorded on manuscripts. The production of medieval manuscripts was very costly, because all manuscripts were painstakingly copied by hand onto an expensive form of parchment. As a result, few people were able to produce or own them, and the Catholic Church, which had literate scribes as well as considerable wealth, produced and maintained most manuscripts during the Middle Ages. Any medieval music not recorded on manuscripts has now been lost to history. Most of the medieval music still in existence is sacred music.

The passage above implies all of the following EXCEPT:

A. The parchment on which medieval music was copied was difficult to produce.
B. Few were qualified for the time-consuming task of copying manuscripts.
C. The Church was selective about what music was copied down.
D. The copying of manuscripts was limited to people who knew how to read.
E. Most of the non-sacred music from the medieval period has been lost to history.

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+1 for A.

A. The parchment on which medieval music was copied was difficult to produce. --> Correct, Cost is expensive, and that is what is mentioned, but there is no mentioning that it was difficult to produce
B. Few were qualified for the time-consuming task of copying manuscripts. --> Can be inferred
C. The Church was selective about what music was copied down. --> Can be inferred
D. The copying of manuscripts was limited to people who knew how to read.--> Can be inferred
E. Most of the non-sacred music from the medieval period has been lost to history. --> Can be inferred

Hence, A.
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A. The parchment on which medieval music was copied was difficult to produce.----->all manuscripts were painstakingly copied by hand
B. Few were qualified for the time-consuming task of copying manuscripts..----->few people were able to produce or own them,
C. The Church was selective about what music was copied down.-----> the Catholic Church, which had literate scribes as well as considerable wealth, produced and maintained most manuscripts during the Middle Ages
D. The copying of manuscripts was limited to people who knew how to read.----->few people were able to produce or own them,
E. Most of the non-sacred music from the medieval period has been lost to history.

Confused between C and E marked E
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12 Jul 2018, 03:52
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+1 for A.

A. The parchment on which medieval music was copied was difficult to produce. --> Correct, Cost is expensive, and that is what is mentioned, but there is no mentioning that it was difficult to produce
B. Few were qualified for the time-consuming task of copying manuscripts. --> Can be inferred
C. The Church was selective about what music was copied down. --> Can be inferred
D. The copying of manuscripts was limited to people who knew how to read.--> Can be inferred
E. Most of the non-sacred music from the medieval period has been lost to history. --> Can be inferred

Hence, A.

I feel both C and A cannot be inferred from the argument.
A - Nothing is mentioned about the difficulty level of producing Parchment.
C - From the argument "Catholic Church, which had literate scribes as well as considerable wealth, produced and maintained most manuscripts during the Middle Ages"
This just implies that Church did maintain most of the Manuscripts from middle Ages. But this doesn't mean that Church 'MOSTLY' maintained or church was 'SELECTIVE'
You cannot infer 'WHAT ELSE' the church maintained.

How do you say that you can infer C?
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Srajagopal21 wrote:
I feel both C and A cannot be inferred from the argument.
A - Nothing is mentioned about the difficulty level of producing Parchment.
C - From the argument "Catholic Church, which had literate scribes as well as considerable wealth, produced and maintained most manuscripts during the Middle Ages"
This just implies that Church did maintain most of the Manuscripts from middle Ages. But this doesn't mean that Church 'MOSTLY' maintained or church was 'SELECTIVE'
You cannot infer 'WHAT ELSE' the church maintained.

How do you say that you can infer C?

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I zeroed out option C as per the portion highlighted in red:

The vast majority of extant music from the medieval period is recorded on manuscripts. The production of medieval manuscripts was very costly, because all manuscripts were painstakingly copied by hand onto an expensive form of parchment. As a result, few people were able to produce or own them, and the Catholic Church, which had literate scribes as well as considerable wealth, produced and maintained most manuscripts during the Middle Ages. Any medieval music not recorded on manuscripts has now been lost to history. Most of the medieval music still in existence is sacred music.

Hope it helped.
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12 Jul 2018, 04:21
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Srajagopal21 wrote:
I feel both C and A cannot be inferred from the argument.
A - Nothing is mentioned about the difficulty level of producing Parchment.
C - From the argument "Catholic Church, which had literate scribes as well as considerable wealth, produced and maintained most manuscripts during the Middle Ages"
This just implies that Church did maintain most of the Manuscripts from middle Ages. But this doesn't mean that Church 'MOSTLY' maintained or church was 'SELECTIVE'
You cannot infer 'WHAT ELSE' the church maintained.

How do you say that you can infer C?

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I zeroed out option C as per the portion highlighted in red:

The vast majority of extant music from the medieval period is recorded on manuscripts. The production of medieval manuscripts was very costly, because all manuscripts were painstakingly copied by hand onto an expensive form of parchment. As a result, few people were able to produce or own them, and the Catholic Church, which had literate scribes as well as considerable wealth, produced and maintained most manuscripts during the Middle Ages. Any medieval music not recorded on manuscripts has now been lost to history. Most of the medieval music still in existence is sacred music.

Hope it helped.

Sure I get that, but that doesn't still mention anything about what else Church maintained. I agree that most medieval music was maintained by the Church, but how can we infer that Church was selective about music? We Don't know what else the Church maintained.

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The question I think asks what is implied 'except'
Since three were only a few people who were literate enough to copy and because the parchments were very expensive, no one, leave alone the church, which is a religious body, would have been interested in choosing all and sundry stuff. Had the church not been choosy about the sacredness, then today we must be having plenty of non-sacred music too. Therefore, C can be implied.
On the contrary, there is no mention of the parchments being difficult to produce or obtain. Any such thinking would be out of reason
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Hi Srajagopal21,

I completely agree with you to a certain extent. We are never told that the church was selective. We are told only that the music today is mostly sacred. Now this could mean that the church rooted out certain types, or that they just didn't have the ability to copy any others because it wasn't available to them. This question has some flaws, but it a nice practice question, no doubt.

That said, (A) is a clear winner here. Never is it mentioned that the parchment is difficult to retrieve. When in doubt, always go for the clear cut, 100% correct answer.
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