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GabiKolb on December 11, 2019

I almost chose D, but alienate confused me

I chose D, but changed answers because of the word alienate. For some reason, that word choice just did not some right. I know the passage does not use the exact word, but how can I conclude other similar answer choices could be correct?

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BenMingov on December 12, 2019

Hi Madisan, thanks for the question!

I think that you can be confident in selecting D for a number of reasons. Firstly, we can eliminate all of the other reasons provided in the answer choices because they are unsupported by the passage. And secondly, we can use tone to our advantage.

Your question seems to be how we can confidently select a word such as alienating because it has strong language and they didn't use that word exactly, nor did they describe that idea perfectly. However, in the description provided in the quote, very strong language is used about how uncomfortable the music made people feel. This is how they stretched and applied this idea to alienating. Both the answer choice and passage display strong language, and this is a hint that we can choose answer choice D.

For future reference, I would recommend that you examine the tone of the passage to see if the answer choice reflects the passage correctly. Granted though that this comes with experience and more practice!

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

GabiKolb on December 18, 2019

Thank you!

Ravi on January 14, 2020

@madisanbryant, let us know if you have any other questions!