The passage provides sufficient information to answer which one of the following questions?

Isaak on October 15, 2019

Why is the correct answer choice (A) as opposed to (D)

After reading the passage, it seemed to answer that same-sex dancing was one of the components of the cakewalk - an addition to the dance at the turn of the century.

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on October 15, 2019

Hello @ielkind,

Let's find the segment of the passage that discusses the stage parodies at the end of the 19th century. See line 28: " the end of the nineteenth century, the cakewalk was itself being parodied by European American stage performers, and these parodies in turn helped to shape subsequent versions of the cakewalk."

This is what answer choice D is referring to. It says that white performers made their own parodies of the cakewalk, but it does not tell us exactly what features were added. You are correct that high-kicking and dancing in couples were added to the dance at one point, but this was not done by the stage performers.

For answer choice A, the evidence is quite clear. See line 12: "It retained features characteristic of African dance forms, such as gliding steps and an emphasis on improvisation." We have a good response to A, so A is the correct answer.