The quotation in lines 21—23 suggests that Barbu assumes which one of the following about Aeschylean drama?

Shiyi on March 7 at 03:47PM

Why is B incorrect?

Why is B incorrect?

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Ravi on March 13 at 09:50PM

@Shiyi-Zhang,

Happy to help.

The question states, "The quotation in lines 21-23 suggests that Barbu
assumes which one of the following about Aeschylean drama?"

We're looking to find an assumption that Barbu is making in his
argument. In the text, we see that the quotation is about Barbu using
Aeschylean drama to prove a contention about ancient Greek
civilization and an individual's place within it. This is very similar
to a part-to-whole flaw; in using Aeschylean plays as support, Barbus
is making the assumption that Aschylean drama was fully representative
of ancient Greek society. Let's look for an answer that captures our
anticipation.

You asked about (B).

(B) says, "Aeschylean drama introduced new ways of understanding the
role of the individual in ancient Greek society."

We know that Aeschylean drama provided support for the new view of the
role of the individual in Greek society, but we do not know whether it
introduced it. It could have been introduced by something other than
Aeschylean drama. Barbu is not assuming that Aeschylean drama
introduced this concept, so we can get rid of this answer choice.

(D) says, "Aeschylean dramas accurately reflect the way personal
autonomy was perceived in ancient Greek society."

(D) is precisely what we're looking for. We know that Barbus is
assuming that Aeschylean dramas were representative of ancient Greek
society, so this is the correct answer choice.

Does this make sense? Let us know if you have any questions!