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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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Something similar to must be true :)
I go for D. D asserts the director's claim.

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Using the elimination method, I go for "D"
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I agree D.

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The actor’s performance was reminiscent of someone who fell within a tradition going back to sixteenth-century Italy. The play was written, and therefore was likely first performed, in eighteenth-century Italy. All of this suggests that there could be a similarity between the performances of Harlequin in the local production and in the original production. While the two performances might have been quite dissimilar, there is nothing here that supports that.

A Regardless of how plausible this option might be on its own merits, the passage provides no support for it because the passage provides no information about the characteristics of a historically accurate performance of an eighteenth-century play.

B Th e passage neither says this nor implies it.

C Th e passage says nothing about the training of actors, so this option would be supported by the passage only in a very roundabout, indirect way.

D Correct. Th is is the option that the considerations most support.

E Th at the performance reminded the theater critic of Groucho Marx hardly shows that the similarity was intentional, let alone that it was at the director’s instruction.

Th e correct answer is D.

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can someone explain between C and D?
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can someone explain between C and D?

C: why do you want to generalize that the training of 'all' actors is based on the principles ...?
D: to the point, only talks about the actor who played Harlequin.

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Couldn't Agree more with Economist, got to be option D..

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For this particular question, the correct answer must rely solely on information found in the passage. Only choice D adheres to this rule. The other options introduce outside or irrelevant information.
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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
(8) 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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is it D
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sHOULD BE D,NOT EXTREME AND OGICAL

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Please can somebody explain the answer??? I choose E but the answer is D

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my choice is C

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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
(8) 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

Not satisfied with the explanation of OG pls someone can help on this?


I'll give it a try...

premise 1: The play La Finestrina was written and performed ('director claims that this production is as similar to the original production') in Italy in the 18th century.

premise 2: "Although the actor who plays............sixteenth-century Italy." this statement implies that the performance of the actor who played harlenquin was within the comic acting tradition that had begun in the 16th century.

conclusion: the director claims that the production is quite similar to the original production in modern theater.

now closely look at the premise 2.... premise 2, in no way does it support (since no one knows how the actors during the 18th century performed the show) or, as a matter of fact, oppose (since the actor who plays harlequin now represents the style of the 16th century Italians, his act might have been similar to the act performed in the 18th century) the director's claim...

A. characteristics of the historically accurate performance in not known.
B. this is definitely not known to us, it is not mentioned in the argument.
C. this is a sweeping generalization, not necessarily true.
D. yeah.. this statement is true. as we have seen above, the performance of the actor does not serve as evidence against the director's claim.
E. this cannot be said. it need not be the director who advised the actor, the producer or any other member of the crew could have advised him to model marx's performance. having said that, the actor imitating marx could have been intentional, but not necessarily on the director's advise.

Answer:D

i hope my explanation is clear...
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Agreed good explanation...

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I have never seen such a Brain Thugh. It took me more than 5 min to decide b/w C and D.

I fell for C as the stimulus is on some Traditions...16/18/20th century....

God help me :horror.
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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 fi nd 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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ankitranjan 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 fi nd 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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Option D for me. D talks about the performance of the actor which is not against the director's claim. There are points within the stimulus which can be used to support this statement.

Actor who plays Harlequin mimics Groucho Marx style and Marx style was very much within the comic acting tradition that had begun in sixteenth-century Italy.

Answer can also be determined by POE method.

A -- "hard to tolerate" - no where mentioned or suggested in the stimulus. Eliminated.
B -- Cannot be determined within the info in the stimulus. New information. Eliminated.
C -- New information.
E -- "must" used in this statement is too strong. Nothing in the stimulus to support/deny it. Eliminated.
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