In the passage, the author primarily attempts to

Audrey on May 5, 2020

Any suggestions?

I sometimes get these questions wrong, but, any suggestions as to obtaining the main point of a passage in a timely manner?

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Ben on May 6, 2020

Hi Audrey-Swope, thanks for the question.

In my opinion, one of the most effective ways to tackle this question type is to form a prephrase of your understanding of the passage's main ideas. Then look for the answer that most closely matches this. This sounds oversimplified, and that's because it is.

In order to figure out what the passage's main ideas were, we need to understand who the viewpoints are and what they are saying. In this case it is just the author's viewpoint being presented, and the author discusses the critics, audiences, and filmmakers. What the author is saying is that the film critics often critique movies with the following detriments, namely that they don't take into account external factors. The author then describes these issues and discusses how it differs from other art.

Without even including a single specific detail regarding the passage, we are already able to figure out the answer choice to this purpose question. This is how we can come to D in a timely manner. By not recalling every detail, let alone one, and just thinking about the overall presentation of information and the reason that the author wrote this passage. To discuss the lack of external factors taken into account in the criticism of film.

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you'd like me to elaborate further!