Which one of the following inferences about the portrait of Fuller does the passage most strongly support?

Steven on November 4, 2017

Not E?

I could use some help understanding why (B) is the correct answer and not (E). Where in the passage does it support that Noguchi's sculpture of Fuller was similar to any of his sculptures prior to 1927? With (E) a wasn't his sculpture of Fuller unlike the ones he helped Branusi produce because it did not depend on the contrasts of light and shadow?

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Mehran on November 5, 2017

Hi @Miller, thanks for your post. Lines 11-13 support answer choice (B): "By his early twenties, Noguchi's sculptures *showed such exquisite comprehension of human anatomy* and deft conceptual realization . . ." This, coupled with the fact that Fuller (the subject) was a person, establishes answer choice (B).

Answer choice (E) is not only not supported by the text of the passage, but it is arguably contradicted by it insofar as it claims that Brancusi's sculptures "did not depend on contrasts of light and shadow." The passage implies the opposite when it notes that Noguchi "pondered the fact that sculptors through the ages had relied" on shadows "for their conceptual communication." (Lines 22-25). Even though Brancusi may not have used positive-light reflecting *material,* this does not mean that Brancusi did not depend on the *contrasts* of light and shadow in his sculptures.

Hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any additional questions.

Steven on November 6, 2017

Thank you. Does "the latter's" expression in answer choice (E) refer to Brancusi?

Steven on November 6, 2017

It is clear that Noguchi's work with Brancusi did depend on contrasts of light and shadow but that his later work in sculpting Fuller did not. If this is correct then my mistake was associating the sculpture of Fuller with the expression, "the latter's".