Based on the information in passage A about blues and the information in passage B about the music of Wolof griots, w...

avif on June 8, 2020


I got A. I don't understand why it is wrong and E is correct. Please explain. Thanks!

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kassidee on June 18, 2020

I also need an explanation thank you

Victoria on June 19, 2020

Hi @avif and @kassidee,

Answer choice (A) is incorrect because it does not apply to Passage B. We know that griots were members of the lowest sub caste. However, they had close relationships with their patrons and would accompany them to community gatherings.

Their music was influenced by public values, norms, and culture as opposed to feelings of alienation within a social structure. Passage A also notes that griots often enjoyed great status in their communities, suggesting that griots did not feel the same alienation as blues musicians as described in Passage A.

Answer choice (E) is correct because both types of music were characterized by a subject matter drawn from a circumscribed set of themes.

Subject Matter - history of patrons' ancestors and patrons' own conduct
Themes - values, norms, and culture

Blues Musicians
Subject Matter - small, everyday details of individual lives
Themes - disjunction caused by slavery, heartache, and hardships

Hope this is helpful! Please let us know if you have any further questions.

avif on June 19, 2020

It is. Thanks!