The author's attitude toward Roger Abraham's book can best be described as one of

Ryan-Mahabir on September 29, 2019

Why is B correct? Why is E incorrect?


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Irina on September 29, 2019


The author discusses Abraham's book in the context of scholarly works about women folk artists, calling it "another notable work," these phrase suggests a positive attitude toward the book, which is inconsistent with (E) trenchant criticism. Trenchant is defined as sharp or vigorous. Nowhere in the text does the author is critical of the Abraham's book. The author qualifies his overall approval of the book, however, noting that "unfortunately, the study contains little repertoire analysis," leading us to describe his overall assessment as "qualified admiration" as (B) correctly states.

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eli918 on October 26, 2020

Thank you for your explanation. However, why is it not ambivalence (which in my understanding is conflicted feelings). As shown that author does state that it is notable work but it does not contain repertoire analysis? Thank you


Emil-Kunkin on June 23 at 08:25PM

I see where you come from, but I think we have more positive than negative. The paragraph in question is about a trend that the author supports, as we see at the beginning of the paragraph, and in the opening line of the final paragraph. The author seems to be generally favorable towards the study, but notes that it is missing one element they like. This is a qualifier, but it does not seem to outweigh the positives. Moreover, I dont think we have ambivalence, since the author seems to still be noting this as a positive trend, although this author missed one element, and nothing about this indicated unease.