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You won’t be able to write well about the rock music of the 1960s

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Jorge: You won’t be able to write well about the rock music of the 1960s, since you were just an infant then. Rock
music of the 1960s was created by and for people who were then in their teens and early twenties.

Ruth: Your reasoning is absurd. There are living writers who write well about ancient Roman culture, even though
those writers are obviously not a part of ancient Roman culture. Why should my youth alone prevent me from
writing well about the music of a period as recent as the 1960s?


Ruth responds to Jorge’s criticism by


(A) Challenging his claim that she was not in her teens or early twenties during the 1960s
(B) Clarifying a definition of popular culture that is left implicit in Jorge’s argument
(C) Using the example of classical culture in order to legitimize contemporary culture as an object worthyof serious
consideration
(D) Offering an analogy to counter an unstated assumption of Jorge’s argument
(E) Casting doubt on her opponent’s qualification to make judgments about popular culture

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I had to choose between A&D. The only thing which made me to eliminate A - was Challenging his claim about her age (It's a premise not his claim) . His claim was "You won’t be able to write well about the rock music of the 1960s". Experts, I would appreciate your input to clarify btw. A and D.
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(A) Challenging his claim that she was not in her teens or early twenties during the 1960s
(D) Offering an analogy to counter an unstated assumption of Jorge’s argument



Jorge: You won’t be able to write well about the rock music of the 1960s, since you were just an infant then. Rock
music of the 1960s was created by and for people who were then in their teens and early twenties.


Ruth's argument attacks especially the second part of the argument.
Answer Choice A however just attacks a small part of the argument, without even attacking the connection between her age and rock music culture.
Answer Choice D attacks the whole argument by countering Jorge's assumption that people who were not in a specifical age at a certain point in time are not able to write about this specific time. Hence, Answer Choice D is correct.
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BrainLab wrote:
I had to choose between A&D. The only thing which made me to eliminate A - was Challenging his claim about her age (It's a premise not his claim) . His claim was "You won’t be able to write well about the rock music of the 1960s". Experts, I would appreciate your input to clarify btw. A and D.


Your understanding is correct BrainLab, according to PowerScore, in Option A, test taker is trying to trick you by using the same word in answer, someone who did not understand the abstract argument in the question will quickly select A based on A's words. If you look closely Answer A states that "challenging his claim that she was not in her teens", but that's not his claim that is his assumption/premise. In answer choice D it is mentioned that "offering an analogy to counter an unstated assumption". Here the unstated assumption is that if Ruth was not in her teens or twenties in 1960s then she is not qualified to write well about the Rock Music.
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