Jorge: You won't be able to write well about the rock music of the 1960s, since you were just an infant then. Roc...

Yi on March 2, 2015

Please explain

Please explain.

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Melody on March 19, 2015

Jorge's point is that Ruth will not be able to write well about the rock music of the 1960s since she was an infant and rock music of the 1960s was created by and for people who were then in their teens and early twenties.

Ruth responds by drawing a similar analogy to living writers who write well about ancient Roman culture, which is far more removed than the 1960s to the present, even though those writers were clearly not a part of ancient Roman culture.

Thus, Ruth draws upon an analogy to show that Jorge's claim that Ruth's youth makes her unable to write well about music of the 1960s is absolutely absurd.

So, answer choice (D) is our answer: "offering an analogy," i.e. writers of today can write well about ancient Rome, "to counter an unstated assumption of Jorge's argument," i.e. that youth makes one unable to write well about music of a time they were not a part of.

Hope that was helpful! Please let us know if you have any other questions.

Jackie on July 12, 2017

But the second part isn't unstated since he blatantly says that she isn't part of the demographic the music was written for right?

Mehran on July 21, 2017

@jacaroe the unstated assumption is that being an infant when rock music of the 1960s was created makes one unable to write well about it.

Hope that helps! Please let us know if you have any other questions.