In which one of the following ways are the passages NOT parallel?

Minerva on September 12, 2019

Option C

It didn't seem like Passage A was giving specific examples any more than Passage B. Can someone please explain this question? Thanks!

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Irina on September 13, 2019


Passage A provides specific examples of perniciousness of historiographic approach on lines 5-11 "Historians require students to read scholarly monographs...they assign books with formulaic arguments", and further on lines 15-26. Passage B criticizes legal writing, but it discusses the issues in general terms rather than providing specific personal examples. I can see how it can be confusing because Passage B talks about approach to legal writing to law school, but I would still interpret it as a general statement rather than a specific observation.

Let me know if you have any further questions.

Mazen on September 14, 2022


I am having hard time accepting Irina's quoted portions as the examples from passage A, because they have parallel language in passage B.

The lines referenced above (5-11) from passage A have parallel language in the following lines from passage B line (30-34): "we who teach the law inevitably teach aspiring lawyers how lawyers write. We do this in a few stand-alone courses and, to a greater extent, through the constraints that we impose on their writing throughout the curriculum."

In retrospect, the phrase "aspiring lawyers" in B parallels the phrase "the students" in A, and the word "impose" in B parallels "require" in A. Moreover, and more importantly, even the overall meaning conveyed in each of the sentences surrounding these words that correspond to their respective passage are not examples per se, or else they both are examples for they are too similar in content/substance and function/role.

To me, however, C is the correct answer-choice because there were examples in passage A. They are the quoted ones such as: "Practices of Historical Narrative" line 20; and "Oral History and the Narrative of Class Identity," and "Meaning and Time: The Problem of Historical Narrative" lines 23-25. After citing these examples the author of passage A states in line 25, that these were historiography nonetheless.

Passage B, on the other hand includes no such examples, or a list of examples signaled as such by the punctuation of the column.

My apologies if I am missing something. Am I missing something?

I spend a great deal of time and energy making sense of a tutor's post, especially when I disagree, but when I get nowhere I ask for help. Again, did I misunderstand the lines in Irina's post?

Please help

Thank you