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A and C are correct. A is clearly implied by the passage by the statement that he played the piano only once and attended concerts by others. B is not justified. It is not clear whether the composer wanted to be there or not. C is implied by the passage. It is technically possible that the cigarettes were for others, but the passage clearly gives the impression he bought them for himself.
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The correct answer is “Many Americans, however, were familiar with Shostakovich’s music, and many knew about the recent banning of his works in the Soviet Union”. The passage does not give much information at all about the composer’s works. The second sentence gives a great deal of information about his experience at the Conference, but none at all about his compositions.  The final sentence, at least, tells us that they were banned in the Soviet Union and were known in America.  The answer is “Many Americans, however, were familiar with Shostakovich’s music, and many knew about the recent banning of his works in the Soviet Union”.
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