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Which of the flowing most logically completes the argument?

The attribution of the choral work Lacrimae to the composer Pescard (1400 – 1474) has been regarded as tentative, since it was based on a single treatise from the early 1500’s that named Pescard as the composer. Recently, several musical treatises from the late 1500’s have come to light, all of which name Pescard as the composer of Lacrimae. Unfortunately, these newly discovered treatises lend no support to the attribution of Lacrimae to Pescard, since _______.

A. the treatise from the early 1500’s misidentifies the composers of some of the musical works it considers
B. the author of the treatise from the early 1500’s had no very strong evidence on which to base the identification of Pescard as the composer of Lacrimae
C. there are works that can conclusively be attributed to Pescard that are not even mentioned in the treatise from the early 1500’s
D. the later treatises probably had no source for their attribution other than the earlier treatise
E. no known treatises from the 1600’s identify Pescard as the composer of Lacrimae

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Which of the flowing most logically completes the argument?

The attribution of the choral work Lacrimae to the composer Pescard (1400 – 1474) has been regarded as tentative, since it was based on a single treatise from the early 1500’s that named Pescard as the composer. Recently, several musical treatises from the late 1500’s have come to light, all of which name Pescard as the composer of Lacrimae. Unfortunately, these newly discovered treatises lend no support to the attribution of Lacrimae to Pescard, since _______.

A. the treatise from the early 1500’s misidentifies the composers of some of the musical works it considers
B. the author of the treatise from the early 1500’s had no very strong evidence on which to base the identification of Pescard as the composer of Lacrimae
C. there are works that can conclusively be attributed to Pescard that are not even mentioned in the treatise from the early 1500’s
D. the later treatises probably had no source for their attribution other than the earlier treatise
E. no known treatises from the 1600’s identify Pescard as the composer of Lacrimae

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My guess is D

This is the way I understood it:
Lacrimae is believed to be composed by Pescard but even that is in doubt. Recently the treatises have attributed the work to Pescard. However, one cannot say Lacrimae was composed by Pescard because:

D is the best answer for me
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09 Dec 2009, 13:46
I narrowed them down to A & D. However the passage doesn't provide any information about the 'misidentification'. But it is possible that later treaties could be wrongly identified as there were no other sources than the earlier treaties. Since earlier ones are tentatively accepted, the later ones may not be accepted at all!
Therefore IMO D.

P.S. Certain words in the para may not be easily identifiable, however it is important to understand the gist that the passage conveys. Think of 'treaties' as a 'work of art', for instance.
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13 Dec 2009, 15:44
IMO D
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14 Dec 2009, 00:58
Yes, guys.
OA is...D
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14 Dec 2009, 20:36
good one. I too go with choice D.
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15 May 2011, 05:24
between B and D,went for B rejecting D just because the later treatise were based on an earlier treatise.I believed that the answer choice is assuming that the earlier treatise is not very reliable source.

However, B clearly brought out this assumption,stating that the evidence was not very reliable.

But D is definitely relating to the newer treatise,whereas B just talks about the old treatise only.
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16 May 2011, 02:20
D is clear and straight forward here. once the focus is on conclusion, the question becomes easy.
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28 Aug 2012, 11:38
Can someone please explain why E is wrong?
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29 Aug 2012, 11:08
its d because that logically completes the argument
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01 Sep 2012, 10:57
+1 D

Both treatises are the same source.
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01 Oct 2012, 08:42
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Can someone please explain why E is wrong?

This is completely Out of Scope. The argument does not even talk about the 1600's era.

The only point the arguments conveys is : The new treatise is not reliable either as its source is the ONLY treatise that is a part of the early 1500 period, and that too is not reliable.
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Can you please come up with an explanation here why B is wrong over D? I found these two close ones and then chose D but unfortunately as 2nd thought selected B which got me wrong.

@Chiranjeev- look forward to your analysis!
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Which of the flowing most logically completes the argument?

The attribution of the choral work Lacrimae to the composer Pescard (1400 – 1474) has been regarded as tentative, since it was based on a single treatise from the early 1500’s that named Pescard as the composer. Recently, several musical treatises from the late 1500’s have come to light, all of which name Pescard as the composer of Lacrimae. Unfortunately, these newly discovered treatises lend no support to the attribution of Lacrimae to Pescard, since _______.

A. the treatise from the early 1500’s misidentifies the composers of some of the musical works it considers
B. the author of the treatise from the early 1500’s had no very strong evidence on which to base the identification of Pescard as the composer of Lacrimae
C. there are works that can conclusively be attributed to Pescard that are not even mentioned in the treatise from the early 1500’s
D. the later treatises probably had no source for their attribution other than the earlier treatise
E. no known treatises from the 1600’s identify Pescard as the composer of Lacrimae

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OFFICIAL ANSWER IS CLEAR ENOUGH TO UNDERSTAND THE QUESTION

Situation: A choral work has been tentatively attributed to Pescard based on a single treatise from
the early 1500s. But several treatises from the late 1500s have recently been discovered,
and all of them attribute the work to Pescard.

Reasoning: Which of the answer choices provides the strongest reason for the conclusion? The argument’s
conclusion is that the newly discovered late-1500 treatises lend no support to the
attribution of Lacrimae to Pescard. It is worth noting that prior to the conclusion the
passage provides information which suggests that these newly discovered treatises do lend
support to the attribution. So the question is: Why don’t they? A good reason for
thinking they do not is that the newly discovered treatises probably derive solely from the
attribution given in the earlier text. Thus the attributions in the later treatises are only as
reliable as the attribution in the earlier treatise—and the argument suggests that that
reliability has not been conclusively established.

A This makes the treatise from the early 1500s less reliable, but it does not explain why the newly
discovered treatises are unreliable.

B Like answer choice (A), this is irrelevant. The question is not why the treatise from the early 1500s
fails to lend support to the attribution but why the treatises from the late 1500s fail to do so.

C This is irrelevant because it does not refer to the newly discovered treatises whose attribution of
Lacrimae is at issue.

D Correct. The question is whether these newly discovered treatises lend additional support.
Lacrimae has already been tentatively attributed to Pescard based on the text from the early 1500s.
So, if the later treatises base their attribution solely on the earlier treatise, then they provide no

E This leaves open the possibility that there was no treatise at all in the 1600s that discussed Pescard
or Lacrimae. Also, it fails to provide significant evidence either for or against Pescard’s having
composed Lacrimae. But even if it did provide such evidence, it would be irrelevant because the
issue is why the late-1500 treatises fail to provide significant support for the attribution of
Lacrimae to Pescard, not whether Pescard composed the work.

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Pecked D here...
The structure: in the early 1500' Mr A wrote that Pescard is a composer of lacrimae -> is a BAD source
in the late 1500' Mr B,C,D wrote that Pescard is a composer of lacrimae -> Supports that Pescard is the author
Unfortunately, these newly discovered treatises lend no support to the attribution of Lacrimae to Pescard, since --> we have here a change of course WHY Since he later treatises probably had no source for their attribution other than the earlier treatise.

Last sentence talks about the tratises of the late 1500' - so we need them in the correct answer choice

A. the treatise from the early 1500’s misidentifies the composers of some of the musical works it considers --> we need Info about late 1500'
B. the author of the treatise from the early 1500’s had no very strong evidence on which to base the identification of Pescard as the composer of Lacrimae --> we need Info about late 1500'
C. there are works that can conclusively be attributed to Pescard that are not even mentioned in the treatise from the early 1500’s --> we don't need other works of Pescard, we need that particular.
D. the later treatises probably had no source for their attribution other than the earlier treatise --> CORRECT
E. no known treatises from the 1600’s identify Pescard as the composer of Lacrimae --> we need Info about late 1500's
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Can you please come up with an explanation here why B is wrong over D? I found these two close ones and then chose D but unfortunately as 2nd thought selected B which got me wrong.

B says that the author of the treatise from the early 1500’s had no very strong evidence on which to base the identification of Pescard as the composer of Lacrimae.

But we are not talking about early 1500's at all here in the latter part of the argument. We are talking about "late 1500's".

So, even if the author of the treatise from the early 1500’s had no very strong evidence, this does not tell us that musical treatises from the late 1500’s lend no support to the attribution of Lacrimae to Pescard.

However, as D states, the later treatises probably had no source for their attribution other than the earlier treatise, then obviously these later treatises lend no additional support to the attribution of Lacrimae to Pescard.
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