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June 2017 LSAT
The author would be most likely to agree wtih which one of the following?
on November 18, 2018
Why is the answer A?
on November 18, 2018
As always, letâ€™s take a look at the question stem first. We are looking for the answer the author would most likely agree with.
For answer A, can we find support in the passage? We need to find lines that indicated classicism was attributed to Marsalis, and lines that indicate record companies have embraced a kind of classicism that is more rigid!
For the former, check out lines 27-32. â€œCritics charge that, by leading jazz into the realm of unbending classicism and by sanctifying a canon of their own choosing, Marsalis and his adherents have codified the music into a stifling orthodoxy. . . â€ Wow, that sounds like rigid classicism attributed to Marsalis!
As for the record companies, check out lines 18-23. â€œOver the past few years Columbia has drastically reduced its roster of active jazz musicians, shifting its emphasis to reissues of old recordings . . . Essentially gave up on developing new artists.â€
That sounds like sanctifying a canon of their own choosing! And that is why answer A is correct.
on November 4 at 05:19PM
Okay, I definitely see what Jacob is saying here, BUT I overlooked this answer because I didn't think the author saw the record companies as embracing a kind of classicism at all. The author saw them as embracing an opportunity to make a greater profit.
Line 46 says that the "record executives came away with a different message..." (From Marsalis' message of focusing on the classics)
Line 52 "...the record companies saw brand names—the ultimate prize of marketing"
How could I have prevented from overlooking this answer?
I didn't feel great about any of the answers, but ended up canceling this one out.
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