The author's view of Navajo weaving suggests which one of the following?

Julie-V on September 3, 2019

Answer Explanation

Hi LSAT Max, Originally, I chose (A) for my answer but looking back I think lines 43-48 would support (C). Could you let me know if that's the textual evidence needed to arrive at the correct answer? Thanks!

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Irina on September 3, 2019


The question requires us to make an inference from the information in the passage.

Let's look at the answer choices.

(A) The appearance of the first trading post on the Navajo reservation coincided with the appearance of the diamond style.

Incorrect. The author explicitly states that whole and partial diamonds are found in the Chief White Antelope blanket dated ten years before the first trading post (lines 54-58).

(B) Traces of thought processes and motor habits of one culture can generally be found in the art of another culture occupying the same period and region.

Incorrect. This inference is out of scope - the author never discusses whether motor habits of one culture tend to extend to another culture in the same region.

(C) The bordered style may have developed gradually from the banded style as a result of Navajo experiments with design.

Correct. The author argues that two other styles lie between the banded styles and the bordered style, suggesting that gradual changes prepared the way for a border filled with separate units (lines 49-54).

(D) The influence of Anglo culture as not the only non-Native American influence on Navajo weaving.

Incorrect. This inference is out of scope, we cannot tell anything about the author's views regarding the influence of any other cultures.

(E) Horizontal and vertical rows of diamond forms were transformed by the Navajos into solid lines to create the bordered style.

Incorrect. This is a tempting answer choice because the author does appear to suggest that diamond design gradually evolved into bordered style but nowhere we are told that the bordered style requires solid lines. The author, in fact, states that "parts of diamonds arranged vertically at each side may be seen to anticipate the border," (lines 58-60) implying that the diamond forms could form a border, not only solid lines.

Let me know if you have any further questions.