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While John Webster is credited with having popularized the particular sub-genre of English theater known as the Elizabethan Revenge Tragedy, often characterized by the protagonist avenging the murder of a family member, his more acclaimed contemporary William Shakespeare, who wrote Hamlet, perhaps the most famous Revenge Tragedy in English literature, probably inspired Webster’s works. Since Shakespeare himself based many of his works on the structure and style of plays by the Greek playwright Seneca, Seneca should be credited as the creator of the Revenge Tragedy.

In assessing the above argument, which of the following would it be most useful to determine?

Whether any of Webster’s works were published before Shakespeare’s works
Whether Webster was actually aware of Seneca’s work
Whether Shakespeare’s Revenge Tragedies have any structural and stylistic similarities with Seneca’s plays
Whether Shakespeare wrote at least as many Revenge Tragedies as did Webster
Whether Seneca's Revenge Tragedies were more popular than Shakespeare's Revenge Tragedies
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While John Webster is credited with having popularized the particular sub-genre of English theater known as the Elizabethan Revenge Tragedy, often characterized by the protagonist avenging the murder of a family member, his more acclaimed contemporary William Shakespeare, who wrote Hamlet, perhaps the most famous Revenge Tragedy in English literature, probably inspired Webster’s works. Since Shakespeare himself based many of his works on the structure and style of plays by the Greek playwright Seneca, Seneca should be credited as the creator of the Revenge Tragedy.

In assessing the above argument, which of the following would it be most useful to determine?

(A) Whether any of Webster’s works were published before Shakespeare’s works
(B) Whether Webster was actually aware of Seneca’s work
(C) Whether Shakespeare’s Revenge Tragedies have any structural and stylistic similarities with Seneca’s plays
(D) Whether Shakespeare wrote at least as many Revenge Tragedies as did Webster
(E) Whether Seneca's Revenge Tragedies were more popular than Shakespeare's Revenge Tragedies


+1 for C

The argument has already established that Webster's works are inspired by Shakespeare's works. The author concludes by saying Seneca should be credited as the creator of the Revenge Tragedy. Hence, we need a assumption which can approve the conclusion and prove that Shakespeare's work's were actually inspired by Seneca.

(C) Whether Shakespeare’s Revenge Tragedies have any structural and stylistic similarities with Seneca’s plays --> The answer to this question gives us enough proof on Whether Shakespeare's works are inspired by Seneca or not. A "YES" will prove that they did and a "NO" will prove that they didn't.
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We have to find a relation between Shakespeare's plays and Seneca's plays. C gives the correct reason to evaluate the argument.
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The question stem already says that "Since Shakespeare himself based many of his works on the structure and style of plays by the Greek playwright Seneca,"

How will, then, asking the same question help?
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The question stem already says that "Since Shakespeare himself based many of his works on the structure and style of plays by the Greek playwright Seneca,"

How will, then, asking the same question help?



What you asked is very important for understanding the question. Notice the gap in reasoning in bold parts 1 and 2.

Premise: Since Shakespeare himself based many of his works on the structure and style of plays by the Greek playwright Seneca
Conclusion: Seneca should be credited as the creator of the Revenge Tragedy.

So, it's not asking the same thing.

If Shakespeare based many of his works in genres other than Revenge Tragedy, then the conclusion is incorrectly drawn. C fills this gap.

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shekhu wrote:
The question stem already says that "Since Shakespeare himself based many of his works on the structure and style of plays by the Greek playwright Seneca,"

How will, then, asking the same question help?



What you asked is very important for understanding the question. Notice the gap in reasoning in bold parts 1 and 2.

Premise: Since Shakespeare himself based many of his works on the structure and style of plays by the Greek playwright Seneca
Conclusion: Seneca should be credited as the creator of the Revenge Tragedy.

So, it's not asking the same thing.

If Shakespeare based many of his works in genres other than Revenge Tragedy, then the conclusion is incorrectly drawn. C fills this gap.



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