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# Theater Critic: The play La Finestrina, now at Central

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Theater Critic: The play La Finestrina, now at Central Theater, was written in Italy in the eighteenth century. The director claims that this production is as similar to the original production as is possible in a modern theater. Although the actor who plays Harlequin the clown gives a performance very reminiscent of the twentieth-century American comedian Groucho Marx, Marx's comic style was very much within the comic acting tradition that had begun in sixteenth-century Italy.

The considerations given best serve as part of an argument that
(A) modern audiences would find it hard to tolerate certain characteristics of a historically accurate performance of an eighteenth-century play
(B) Groucho Marx once performed the part of the character Harlequin in La Finestrina
(C) in the United States the training of actors in the twentieth century is based on principles that do not differ radically from those that underlay the training of actors in eighteenth-century Italy
(D) the performance of the actor who plays Harlequin in La Finestrina does not serve as evidence against the director's claim
(E) the director of La Finestrina must have advised the actor who plays Harlequin to model his performance on comic performances of Groucho Marx

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20 Aug 2009, 06:23
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here's my line of reasoning

Premise 1: The play La Finestrina, now at Central Theater, was written in Italy in the eighteenth century
Premise 2: Although the actor who plays Harlequin the clown gives a performance very reminiscent of the twentieth-century American comedian Groucho Marx, Marx's comic style was very much within the comic acting tradition that had begun in sixteenth-century Italy

Conclusion: The director claims that this production is as similar to the original production as is possible in a modern theater

This is an assumption question. The answer choice that logically denied invalids the argument is the correct answer choice.

(D) the performance of the actor who plays Harlequin in La Finestrina does not serve as evidence against the director's claim

logically denied
the performance of the actor who plays Harlequin in La Finestrina serves as evidence against the director's claim

if this is true the conclusion of the director cannot be true. So this should be the correct answer choice.
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19 Aug 2009, 16:33
perfectstranger wrote:
Theater Critic: The play La Finestrina, now at Central Theater, was written in Italy in the eighteenth century. The director claims that this production is as similar to the original production as is possible in a modern theater. Although the actor who plays Harlequin the clown gives a performance very reminiscent of the twentieth-century American comedian Groucho Marx, Marx's comic style was very much within the comic acting tradition that had begun in sixteenth-century Italy.

The considerations given best serve as part of an argument that
(A) modern audiences would find it hard to tolerate certain characteristics of a historically accurate performance of an eighteenth-century play
(B) Groucho Marx once performed the part of the character Harlequin in La Finestrina
(C) in the United States the training of actors in the twentieth century is based on principles that do not differ radically from those that underlay the training of actors in eighteenth-century Italy
(D) the performance of the actor who plays Harlequin in La Finestrina does not serve as evidence against the director's claim
(E) the director of La Finestrina must have advised the actor who plays Harlequin to model his performance on comic performances of Groucho Marx

Please explain in a detailed reasoning.Nice explanation will be appreciated with kudos ) . OA after explanations.

Is the OA id D as this is the only things that can be properly inferred...i may be wrong
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20 Aug 2009, 00:17
IMO D
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20 Aug 2009, 02:53
Could you please explain with reasoning ?
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20 Aug 2009, 09:29
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here's my line of reasoning

Premise 1: The play La Finestrina, now at Central Theater, was written in Italy in the eighteenth century
Premise 2: Although the actor who plays Harlequin the clown gives a performance very reminiscent of the twentieth-century American comedian Groucho Marx, Marx's comic style was very much within the comic acting tradition that had begun in sixteenth-century Italy

Conclusion: The director claims that this production is as similar to the original production as is possible in a modern theater

This is an assumption question. The answer choice that logically denied invalids the argument is the correct answer choice.

(D) the performance of the actor who plays Harlequin in La Finestrina does not serve as evidence against the director's claim

logically denied
the performance of the actor who plays Harlequin in La Finestrina serves as evidence against the director's claim

if this is true the conclusion of the director cannot be true. So this should be the correct answer choice.

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03 Sep 2009, 21:36
This is a Must Be True question. The question is: "The considerations given best serve as part of an argument that" can be paraphrased as "The statements above support which of the following?"

IMO D is the correct answer. Here's my reasoning:

D) The performance of the actor who plays Harlequin in La Finestrina does not serve as evidence against the director's claim

The director claims that this production is as similar to the original production as is possible in a modern theater.

The premise states that the actor gives a performance very reminiscent of Groucho Marx. Groucho Marx's comic style is one that started in the 16th century Italy. Since the La Finestrina was written in the 18th century, so the actor must have performed a performance that was similar to that of the actor in the original La Finestrina. In conclusion, this actor performance cannot serve as evidence against the director's claim. It is either neutral or strengthen the claim.
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