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by MattS781 Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:15 pm


Can someone help explain to me why A is correct and not E? From my perspective, the passage never says that certain qualities (those of men) are detrimental, just that they can no longer be the society's primary qualities and that women need to have an equal role in society from here on out. That perspective lead me to answer E, since if women are inevitably going to become more and more essential in society, than those qualities that they possess will be too.
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Re: Q27

by ohthatpatrick Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:45 pm

Remember that the easiest way to identify most wrong answers is just by finding wording that seems too strong.

(A) "some" ... super safe

(B) "can no longer be _____ except through ____ " ... strong, scary

(C) "will probably be especially difficult" ... medium strong, not the worst

(D) "they can be useful" .... super safe

(E) "will lead inevitably" .... crazy strong, very scary

The fact that (A) is being vague and not giving you the explicit idea of what's it's alluding to is a quality that makes it seem very much like a correct answer to me.

To make an incorrect answer seem appealing, they use familiar wording/terms to entice us (and hope we don't notice the strong or comparative wording that is unsupportable).

To make a correct answer seem unappealing, they use synonyms / paraphrases / vague generalities so that it doesn't immediately seem to resemble something we read.

If I say, "At one time, we needed X for social progress. But future progress requires ~X", then it's fair to say that continuing to have X would be detrimental.

If we need "cooperation and nurturance" to achieve a goal, then "assertiveness and combat" are detrimental to our efforts, since they are logical opposites of "cooperation and nurturance".

(A) Correct. Supported by 49-56

(B) Too strong. "Genuine" social evolution can no longer be brought about except through specific intentions? Can't find a line reference for that.

(C) New comparison. Can't find a line reference that makes hierarchical seem more important / more historical / more entrenched than gender-specific work roles.

(D) Opposite. Gilman interpreted Social Darwinism in a way that gave her ethical imperatives.

(E) Too strong. Can't find language to support "will lead inevitably". There is the idea that more cooperation and nurturance is "now required" for "future progress", but this answer choice is worded in a such a timeless, permanent, categorical fashion that it's a way scarier idea to support than (A)'s.
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Re: Q27

by TiffanyH940 Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:57 pm

I was also confused between choice A and E. For A, I didn't like "detrimental" as well, because the passage said in line 54, that further progress "required the restoration of a balance". I don't think it implies that the male traits are unneeded, maybe just less of them.

For E, I thought line 54-56 supports that further progress "requires" cooperation and nurturance. Thus, choice E's "lead inevitably to the inclusion of more cooperation and nurturance" is more supported than A.