As part of a new trend in the writing of history, an emphasis on the details of historical events and motivations has...

on August 6 at 03:48PM

Option D

I was thrown off with the use of the word “interpretation” in D because the stimulus didn’t say anything about interpretation but instead focused on the “study” off history. Can someone please explain why D is correct? Thanks!

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Irina on August 6 at 05:25PM

@Minerva,

The stimulus tells us that due to the new trend in the writing of history and its emphasis on the details of events and motivations, the overarching historical trends and movements are often overlooked. Therefore, parallels between historical trends and current trends are also overlooked, which lessens our ability to learn from history.

It can be summarized as:

Change in emphasis -> parallels are overlooked -> lessen our ability to learn from history

(D) tells us that "the change in emphasis...", which is directly supported by the passage that compares "an emphasis on the details..." to "the previous emphasis on overarching trends". The change of emphasis refers to the new trend in the "writing of history" rather than study, and writing, in this case, is synonymous with the interpretation given the context.

Does that make sense?

Let me know if you have any further questions.