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# Theater Critic: The play La Finestrina, now at CentralTheater, was wri

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Re: Theater Critic: The play La Finestrina, now at CentralTheater, was wri [#permalink]

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24 Oct 2016, 08:22
emmafoster wrote:
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I failed because i didnot understand this as an inference question!
Can you please explain how you concluded as an inference question??

Hi emmafoster,

I'd be happy to help. Your question underscores an important macro point about Question Type Identification: it's not about the typical buzzwords found d in most of the questions, but rather the fundamental assignment we're being asked to perform.

Inference questions require us to take the information in the prompt, and find the option that has to be true on the basis of that support. So here, even though the question is really bizarrely phrased, if we're asked to take the statements in the prompt to find an option that can rest on them, that's an Inference question through and through.

I'm sorry. I still did not understand completely.
I have come across few question in which question stem ask for "support". I have noticed that support questions sometimes are inference questions and sometime are strengthen questions. Because of this identification error, i get most of the questions wrong.

Hi emmafoster,

That's actually a pretty common question since both Inference and Strengthen questions can use the word "support", which is why I stressed not going by the words we see, but rather the task we're asked to perform.

Here's the story:

STRENGTHEN:
Which of the following, if true, best supports the reasoning outlined above?

What are we asked to do here?
We need to select an option that makes the argument stronger. One option will make the prompt stronger---the support is going from option to prompt.

INFERENCE:
Which of the following is best supported on the basis of the information outlined above?

What are we asked to do here?
We're taking the information in the prompt, and selecting an option that is supported by the prompt. The prompt provides the strength for one option. The support is going from the prompt to the option.

You might have to re-read the a few times since it is one of the most technical distinctions on the entire Verbal section, but if you look at the task we're asked to perform, you'll see it.
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24 Oct 2016, 09:41
Thanks!
Now I understood that I have to understand the meaning of the question asked to differentiate whether its a support or an inference!
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27 Apr 2017, 07:59
The official answer is option D. Too late !! No one posted it.

The performance of the actor who plays Harlequin in La Finestrina does not serve as evidence against the
director's claim.
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29 Apr 2017, 23:32
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.

Although I got D as correct answer my doubt is that Marx style was very much as of same tradition as in 16th century Italy and Harlequin follows Marx style . It means Harlequin acting is similar to old era 16th century Italian style that supports director claim.
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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.

We can eliminate 4 answer choices here.

A) There's nothing to indicate that modern-day audiences would be intolerant. ELIMINATE

B) There's nothing to indicate that Groucho Marx ever played the role of Harlequin. ELIMINATE

C) There's nothing to indicate this. ELIMINATE

D) We can't eliminate this. All we know is that the actor's performance was like that of Groucho Marx, who performed in a manner similar to comedians in the 16th century. Since it's POSSIBLE that the original production of La Finestrina included a performance of Harlequin that was 16th century-ish, we can't eliminate D.

E) "Must have advised..." There's nothing to indicate this. ELIMINATE

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15 Jul 2017, 02:56
this is claerly an assumption question
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15 Jul 2017, 02:59
this is clearly an assumption question. Nevertheless, the argument structure is not clear; options are not enough to tell which type of this question actually is. Should I skipp this question?
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15 Jul 2017, 09:04
Merged topics. Please, search before posting questions!
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16 Jul 2017, 20:21
A, B, and E are out of scope.
D is much better than C because clearly, there is a gap between the first 2 sentences and the third. Furthermore, D shows a direct link with what stated in the passage.
While "director claim that..." is the main conclusion, the first sentence is the main premise, and the third is another premise.
The type of question is an assumption question.
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In asking: "The considerations given best serve as part of an argument that" we're asked to see which of the 5 options can be inferred with 100% certainty. This is an Inference Question

Goal: Find the option that has to be 100% certain

Here's what we know:
Fact 1) La Finestrina, now at Central Theater, was written in Italy in the eighteenth century
Fact 2) The director claims that this production is as similar to the original production as is possible in a modern theater.
Fact 3) The actor who plays Harlequin the clown gives a performance very reminiscent of the twentieth-century American comedian Groucho Marx
Fact 4) Marx’s comic style was very much within the comic acting tradition that had begun in sixteenth-century Italy

All 4 wrong options can be eliminated because they CAN NOT be confirmed on the basis of the 4 facts:

(A) modern audiences would find it hard to tolerate certain characteristics of a historically accurate performance of an eighteenth-century play
How would we have any clue how modern audiences would react? Can you point to any part of the facts given that would guarantee how modern audiences would feel? No. That's good for us then. The right option has to be 100% supported, so this one is gone.

(B) Groucho Marx once performed the part of the character Harlequin in La Finestrina
The actor who plays Harlequinn is reminiscent of Groucho. Does that mean we can somehow infer that Groucho once played Harlequinn? He could have, but it's totally unsupported by this prompt.

(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
Similarly, the passage in NO WAY equips us to comment on the training of either 20th century US actors or 18th century Italian actors. Not at all supported. Gone.

(E) the director of La Finestrina must have advised the actor who plays Harlequin to model his performance on comic performances of Groucho Marx
Just because the actor who plays Harlequinn is reminiscent of Goucho, 1) does that mean that the actor ACTUALLY modeled his acting after Groucho? Not necessarily. 2) Do we have any clue as to whether the director advised the actor to do so? Not at all. Completely unsupported. Gone.

That brings us to our right option:

(D) the performance of the actor who plays Harlequin in La Finestrina does not serve as evidence against the director’s claim
If someone seeing this question didn't understand that Inference questions ask for the option that must be 100% supported from the information in the prompt, they'd look at this option and be utterly baffled as to why it's the right option. It would seem so random. Here's the story though: do we know for a fact that the performance of the actor who plays Harlequin in La Finestrina does NOT serve as evidence against the director’s claim that "this production is as similar to the original production as is possible in a modern theater"? Yes. The information presented DOESN'T RUN COUNTER to the director's claim, therefore this information does not serve as evidence against the director's claim. 100% true.[/quote]

this is not an inference question because of "best serve as a part of the argument". Although it is true that both a inference and an assumptio will not be directly expressed in the passage, an inference will never be a part of an argument, but an assumption is.
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11 Mar 2018, 03:53
Could you please break down the question stem and explain it? Especially "best serve as part of an argument that"? Does it mean to infer?
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Could you please break down the question stem and explain it? Especially "best serve as part of an argument that"? Does it mean to infer?

It is an inference/conclusion question.

Question stem: The considerations given best serve as part of an argument that

What this means: The given considerations support the argument that ... i.e. the information given to us will best be a part of which of the following arguments? i.e. what is the author trying to say by giving you this information?
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