Which one of the following most accurately expresses the main point of the passage?

Gianna-Rossi on March 10, 2019

Why not E?

I am struggling to see a difference between answer choices D and E. Can someone please explain?

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Ravi on March 13, 2019


Happy to help. Let's take a look at (D) and (E).

(E) says, "Despite widespread acknowledgment of his musical gifts,
Wynton Marsalis has come under increasing criticism for what many
regard as excessive traditionalism."

It is true that Marsalis has come under lots of criticism despite all
of his musical prowess. The problem with this answer choice is that
the passage isn't solely concerned with attempting to convince us that
Marsalis is now under criticism. Rather, the passage is attempting to
examine the possible negative consequences of Marsalis's musical works
and ideology. (E) only discusses Marsalis and fails to consider the
effects that Marsalis has had on the jazz industry as a whole. Because
the passage largely deals with the effects of Marsalis's work, it must
be stated as part of the main point. This is why we can get rid of

(D) says, "By emphasizing appreciation of traditional jazz, Wynton
Marsalis has unintentionally led major record companies to shun
developing new talent in favor of re-releasing vintage jazz

(D) does a great job in capturing all of what the passage is about.
The passage's main point is that even though Marsalis may have had
good intentions with his actions, he may have also helped contribute
to a halting of jazz music production through his overemphasis of
tradition and subsequent shunning of innovation within the genre and
development of new jazz artists. (D) captures all of this well, so
it's the correct answer choice.

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