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

mfujii on June 28, 2019

Why is C the correct answer?

Hi, I am struggling to understand why C is the correct answer for this main point question. Doesn't the first sentence in the third paragraph directly contradict answer choice C? If someone could enlighten me, I'd really appreciate it!

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Ravi on June 28, 2019


Happy to help. Let's look at (C).

(C) says, "Although the creation of the early material of the Teatro
Campesino was a collective accomplishment, Luis Valdez’s efforts and
expertise were essential factors in determining the form it took."

In this passage, the authors' main point comes at the end of the last
paragraph of the passage. The author's conclusion is that Valdez did
not create actos or Teatro Campesino on his even, but he did have a
major role in their creations. (C) provides us a with a great
paraphrasing of this, so it's the correct answer choice.

The first sentence of the third paragraph does not contradict (C)
because the author is just saying that these criticisms are sound for
attacking the assertion that Valdez was individually responsible for
the creation of actos. Being individually responsible for the creation
of actos and being an essential part of the creation of actos are two
separate things, and the author certainly thinks that Valdez was a
very impotant player in their creation, albeit NOT the only player.

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

mfujii on July 3, 2019

Yes this makes sense! Also I realize now the first sentence of the third paragraph supports the author's point but is ultimately not the author's point but someone else's and the last sentence you pointed out gives the author's perspective on the issue. Thank you!

Ravi on July 3, 2019

@mfujiii, you're welcome, and I'm happy to hear it helped!