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by JoannaZ901 Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:02 am

Hi, my question is actually for PT 84 Passage #3 "Fiction Genre" Q15. Since I don't find the button for "Post a New Topic" under that page, I wanna try on this page and hopefully some administrator can fix the problem and drag my question to where it belongs. :D

This question asks about the author's attitude. I chose (C) "cautious neutrality" on this question while the correct answer is (A) "complete agreement". I cannot find any word in Passage A indicating that the author is backing Borges. To me, the author is academically rigorous by adding words like "according to Borges (line 12)", "Borges imagines/suggests(line 15, 17)", etc. Is there anything wrong with my thoughts?

I kinda always have problems with attitude questions. :( When should we choose a neutral attitude then? Any help is appreciated!!! :)
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Re: Q15

by ben9990 Sat Nov 10, 2018 6:38 pm

On #15 for PT 85 - I struggled to find the source for where passage B answers "how important" words are to artistic effectiveness.
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Re: Q15

by ohthatpatrick Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:01 pm

Joanna, here's a link to the correct thread to PT84's Q15:
https://www.manhattanprep.com/lsat/foru ... 18817.html

As for the Q15 on test 85, it seemed like both passages were talking at least somewhat about opera and at least somewhat about the relationship between words and music within opera.

(A) Definitely answered by psg A, but I don't think we can find a moment in psg B when it ranks the expressive medium of poetry vs. music.

(B) Psg B never talks about the "emotive" power of poetry. He is saying that in order to properly judge the aesthetic value of an opera, we need to judge the poetry in tandem with the music. But "aesthetic value" is different from "emotive power".

(C) No one is ranking opera vs. other forms of classical music.

(D) Psg B definitely answers this question by saying "the words are crucial! You can't judge the aesthetic value (artistic effectiveness) without them" (lines 39-48). Psg A says that "opera's aesthetic value depends NOT on the poetry (words) of the libretto".

(E) Neither passage is trying to contrast opera from all other musical art forms.