Passage B differs from passage A in that passage B is more

Ashley on January 10, 2020

Question 4

I understand and see the point of disagreement in answer choice E, but couldn't we say that Tina implicitly disagrees with answer choice B when she mentions the cause ("...linkage probably due to the European Renaissance...")? Isn't she disagreeing with the fact that oceans have ALWAYS been viewed as such?

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on January 10, 2020

Hello @aahn,

This is a good example because it demonstrates the level of detail that we must to pay attention to when comparing two arguments. We want to know exactly what each person is saying.

We know that Sergio would agree with B. For B to be correct, Tina would have to disagree with it. Does Tina mention the mysterious and unpredictable nature of the ocean? No. We have no idea if she agrees or disagrees that the ocean has always been viewed that way.

If she did agree with it, her argument could still stand. Even if she acknowledges that the ocean has always been viewed as mysterious and unpredictable, it doesn't affect her argument about the link to eccentricity. These things do not conflict. She could still argue that this link began with the European Renaissance period. We cannot conclude that she disagrees with B.

Aneesh on July 14, 2022


I'm unable to understand your logic how Tina can agree that the association of the ocean with eccentricity has been timeless but also linked to the European Renaissance. Are these not conflicting viewpoints? Could you please expand? As far as I understand, if she agrees that oceans have always been viewed as mysterious and unpredictable then the linkage between oceans and eccentricity cannot ("probably") be attributed to the European Renaissance since there was already a linkage in the first place.

Secondly, when Tina mentions 'For centuries' does it not mean that she believes the association of the ocean and eccentricity is not timeless? She has also mentioned 'literary and artistic imagination', meaning that, in her opinion, oceans and eccentricity were not linked before literature and art.

on December 5 at 05:04PM

Aneesh - I also struggled with eliminating B. What helped me accept that B is not the answer is that Tina's passage does not include the words "mysterious and unpredictable". We just know her view about eccentricity.