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Through the glamour of the Colonial we are forced to acknowledge the classic charm shown in late seventeenth and early eighteenth century window designs. Developed as
they were by American carpenters who were stimulated by remembrance of their early impressions of English architecture received in the mother land, there is no precise or spiritless copy of English details; rather there is expressed a vitality that has been brought out by earnest effort to reproduce the spirit desired. Undoubtedly the lasting success of early American craftsmanship has been due to the perfect treatment of proportions, as related one to the other. That these are not imitations is proved by an occasional clumsiness which would be impossible, if they were exact copies of their more highly refined English prototypes.

The grasp of the builder's mind is vividly revealed in the construction of these windows for, while blunders are often made, successes are much more frequent. They are evolved from remembered motives that have been unified and balanced, that they might accord with the exterior and be knitted successfully into the interior trim. Some of these windows still grace seventeenth century houses, and are found not only on old southern plantations, but all through New England, especially along the sea coast. True products are they of Colonial craftsmanship, brought into existence by skilled artisans who have performed their work so perfectly that today they are found unimpaired, striking a dominant note in accord with the architectural feeling of the period.

There is no question that windows such as these lend character to any house, provided, of course, that they coincide with the period. Doubtless the designing of modified Colonial houses is responsible, in part, for the present-day revival of interest, not solely in windows of the Colonial period, but also in that which immediately preceded and followed
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Q1) Which of the following can be concluded about the colonial windows made by
American craftsmen?
A. Some of them were blatantly copied from the English windows
B. They may not have been of the same quality as the windows in England
C. They were free from all blemishes
D. They have been copied by craftsmen from other countries
E. They were primarily found in the Southern plantation areas


Q2) How does the author prove that the American windows are not a copy of the English ones?
A. By pointing out that the American carpenters added their own vitality and expression to these windows
B. By highlighting that the American windows have a slightly different design from the English ones
C. By providing examples of craftsmen who had never visited England and yet who have successfully made these windows
D. By pointing out the occasional flaw in the design of these windows
E. By stating that the proportions of the American windows were different from the English ones


Q3) Which of the following would the author of the passage NOT agree with?
A. The American colonial windows were not copies of the English ones
B. Colonial windows have always been popular in America
C. Colonial windows can make a house with any design look more graceful
D. American colonial windows were not as refined as the English ones
E. The American craftsmen used their memory to design these windows


Q4) According to the information in the passage, which of these could be a characteristic of American colonial windows?
A. Unmatched levels of refinement
B. Well-proportioned design
C. Use of high quality wood
D. Asymmetric design
E. Standing out in the design of a house



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The passage discusses colonial window designs that were recreated by American carpenters and concludes that such windows lend character to a house

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Para 1 states that even though American carpenters picked up colonial window designs from the English, they did not blatantly copy these designs but rather introduced some aspect of their earnestness into the same
Para 2 praises the craftsmen who have built these windows and states that these windows can still be found in houses in certain parts of the country
Para 3 concludes that these windows add character to any house as long as the house has a colonial design and that the revival of interest in these windows can partly be attributed to the revival of interest in colonial houses
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Q1) Which of the following can be concluded about the colonial windows made by American craftsmen?
A. Some of them were blatantly copied from the English windows
B. They may not have been of the same quality as the windows in England
C. They were free from all blemishes
D. They have been copied by craftsmen from other countries
E. They were primarily found in the Southern plantation areas
The last line of the 1st para states that the English windows were much more refined than the American ones.
Hence (B) should be the answer.
A – The author states that they were never blatantly copied
C – The author states that the some of these windows were occasionally clumsy
D – This might be true of the English windows but not of the American ones
E – The 2nd para states that they are found in several other areas as well

Q2) How does the author prove that the American windows are not a copy of the English ones?
A. By pointing out that the American carpenters added their own vitality and expression to these windows
B. By highlighting that the American windows have a slightly different design from the English ones
C. By providing examples of craftsmen who had never visited England and yet who have successfully made these windows
D. By pointing out the occasional flaw in the design of these windows
E. By stating that the proportions of the American windows were different from the English ones
At the end of the 1st para the author states that the American windows are not an imitation because of the occasional clumsiness in their design.
Hence (D) should be the correct answer
A – While this is true, the author does not use this fact to prove that American windows were not copies
B – The author highlights no such fact
C – The passage never discusses any such craftsmen
E – The passage never states this either

Q3) Which of the following would the author of the passage NOT agree with?
A. The American colonial windows were not copies of the English ones
B. Colonial windows have always been popular in America
C. Colonial windows can make a house with any design look more graceful
D. American colonial windows were not as refined as the English ones
E. The American craftsmen used their memory to design these windows
The author states in the last para that colonial windows can make any house with a colonial design look good. Hence he would not agree with (C), the correct answer.
A – The author makes this point at the beginning of the passage itself
B – This can also be inferred from the passage
D – This can be inferred from the last line of the 1st para
E – The author refers to the craftsmens‘ remembrances and remembered motives while describing how they constructed these windows. This shows that the craftsmen did indeed used their memory to design these windows

Q4) According to the information in the passage, which of these could be a characteristic
of American colonial windows?
A. Unmatched levels of refinement
B. Well-proportioned design
C. Use of high quality wood
D. Asymmetric design
E. Standing out in the design of a house
The first paragraph states that the reason for the lasting success of these windows in America are the perfect proportions of these windows.
Hence (B) should be the answer.
A – The author actually states that the English windows were more refined than the American ones
C – The passage never mentions ‗wood‘ anywhere
D – The 2nd para actually states these windows had a very well balanced design
E – Again the 2nd para implies that these windows blended with the exteriors and interiors of a house very nicely, so they definitely did not stand out
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Could you help where you could find evidence of Ans. B in the 3rd question?

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could anyone explain 3rd? I went for D. American colonial windows were not as refined as the English ones
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Official Answers and Explanations


Q1) Which of the following can be concluded about the colonial windows made by American craftsmen?
A. Some of them were blatantly copied from the English windows
B. They may not have been of the same quality as the windows in England
C. They were free from all blemishes
D. They have been copied by craftsmen from other countries
E. They were primarily found in the Southern plantation areas
The last line of the 1st para states that the English windows were much more refined than the American ones.
Hence (B) should be the answer.
A – The author states that they were never blatantly copied
C – The author states that the some of these windows were occasionally clumsy
D – This might be true of the English windows but not of the American ones
E – The 2nd para states that they are found in several other areas as well

Q2) How does the author prove that the American windows are not a copy of the English ones?
A. By pointing out that the American carpenters added their own vitality and expression to these windows
B. By highlighting that the American windows have a slightly different design from the English ones
C. By providing examples of craftsmen who had never visited England and yet who have successfully made these windows
D. By pointing out the occasional flaw in the design of these windows
E. By stating that the proportions of the American windows were different from the English ones
At the end of the 1st para the author states that the American windows are not an imitation because of the occasional clumsiness in their design.
Hence (D) should be the correct answer
A – While this is true, the author does not use this fact to prove that American windows were not copies
B – The author highlights no such fact
C – The passage never discusses any such craftsmen
E – The passage never states this either

Q3) Which of the following would the author of the passage NOT agree with?
A. The American colonial windows were not copies of the English ones
B. Colonial windows have always been popular in America
C. Colonial windows can make a house with any design look more graceful
D. American colonial windows were not as refined as the English ones
E. The American craftsmen used their memory to design these windows
The author states in the last para that colonial windows can make any house with a colonial design look good. Hence he would not agree with (C), the correct answer.
A – The author makes this point at the beginning of the passage itself
B – This can also be inferred from the passage
D – This can be inferred from the last line of the 1st para
E – The author refers to the craftsmens‘ remembrances and remembered motives while describing how they constructed these windows. This shows that the craftsmen did indeed used their memory to design these windows

Q4) According to the information in the passage, which of these could be a characteristic
of American colonial windows?
A. Unmatched levels of refinement
B. Well-proportioned design
C. Use of high quality wood
D. Asymmetric design
E. Standing out in the design of a house
The first paragraph states that the reason for the lasting success of these windows in America are the perfect proportions of these windows.
Hence (B) should be the answer.
A – The author actually states that the English windows were more refined than the American ones
C – The passage never mentions ‗wood‘ anywhere
D – The 2nd para actually states these windows had a very well balanced design
E – Again the 2nd para implies that these windows blended with the exteriors and interiors of a house very nicely, so they definitely did not stand out


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