It is the mark of a superior conductor that he or she has the authority to insist, even with a top orchestra, that re...

Veda on July 27 at 09:07PM

Why is the answer not B?

Could someone please explain why the correct answer is correct and also explain why the answer is not B? Thank you.

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Shunhe on July 29 at 12:29AM

Hi @Veda-Bhadharla,

Thanks for the question! So let’s quickly go over the stimulus. We’re told that superior conductors get to insist, even with top orchestras, that rehearsal work has to be intensified. And this authority, we’re told, can’t be claimed. The conductor has to earn it by winning the orchestra’s respect for his or her artistic interpretations.

So now we’re asked for something the author presupposes; in other words, this is a necessary assumption question. So let’s look at (B), which tells us that superior conductors are perfectionists who are never satisfied with any performance even by a top orchestra. Is this something that the argument has to assume? We can see by negating it; superior conductors aren’t perfectionists who are never satisfied with any performance even by a top orchestra. This doesn’t weaken the argument at all; the argument still stands even if the negation is true. As such, it’s not a necessary assumption, and so (B) isn’t the answer.

Now let’s take a look at (D), which says that top orchestras can appreciate the merits of an interpretation even before they’ve brought it to full realization. Let’s see if this is a necessary assumption again by negating it. Top orchestras can’t appreciate the merits before they’ve brought the interpretation to full realization. Well, if this is true, then the conductor can’t ever win the respect of the orchestra. The orchestra has to know whether the piece and interpretation it’s rehearsing are good while they’re rehearsing.

Hope this helps! Feel free to ask any other questions that you might have.