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What a difficult read , Zero comprehension. What should be done if it takes you 14 minute to solve and still you get many wrongs
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Indeed a tough passage.
Please provide explanation for 27 and 24
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Great passage.

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The activity=(a total) reevaluation
consequences =extreme difficulty of classifying and categorizing rigidly the development of a creative artist.
⇨The author's attitude toward the "activity"= (A)amused torelance
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Para 1:
. Archimedes new work surfaced
. Because of the chorus, it’s original date was deduced
. New evidence (competition) invalidated the above hypothesis

Para 2:
. Author hypotheses the dates
. Gave a caveat that the hypothetic date might become incorrect with the surfacing of new work

Here I have done POE for every question.

Approach - disqualifying option with a single or word combination

21. The author of the passage focuses primarily on

(A) impact on the study of Greek literature
(C) definitive
(D) facts
(E) ancient literature

22. With respect to the study of ancient literature which of the following statements best expresses the' author's main point concerning modern archaeological finds?

(B) Severely shocking and can have a revivifying effect
(C) unreliable sources of information.
(D) generally confirm scholars' ideas
(E) often undermine scholarly consensus

23. According to the passage, in the absence of definite knowledge concerning the dates of composition of ancient literary works, literary historians do which of the following when trying to establish the chronology of an author's work?

(A) not seriously affect interpretations
(C) Ignore the date
(D) Refrain from speculation
(E) without attempting to relate it to the author's development

25. With which of the following statements regarding the chronological criteria mentioned in lines 33-34 would the author be most likely to agree?

(A) confirm already existing knowledge
(B) changed continually
(C) inherently more reliable
(D) resolve most questions.

27. The allusion to the hypothetical papyrus fragment in the red portion does which of the following?

(A) date
(B) Refutes the views
(C) Predicts the future
(D) Undermines the validity
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Approach Specially for a tough RC

Try to gist the para in a brief manner
And always do POE for every question and you will find more than 70 % right answer
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21. The author of the passage focuses primarily on

(B) recounting the effect of one archaeological find on modern ideas concerning a particular author's work- Correct. find: papyrus found at Oxyrhynchus

22. With respect to the study of ancient literature which of the following statements best expresses the'
author's main point concerning modern archaeological finds?

(A) They can profoundly alter accepted views of ancient literary works, and can encourage flexibility
in the way scholars look at the creative development of any artist.- Correct.
the most salutary feature of the papyrus scrap is its message of the extreme difficulty of classifying and
categorizing rigidly the development of a creative artist.


23. According to the passage, in the absence of definite knowledge concerning the dates of composition of ancient literary works, literary historians do which of the following when trying to establish the chronology of an author's work?

(B) Draw inferences concerning the date of a work's composition based on evidence internal
to that work and on the author's other works- correct
vast majority of classical scholars, who had confidently asserted that not only the role of the chorus but also language,
metrics, and characterization all pointed



24. It can be inferred from the passage that which of the following plays or groups of plays is considered the latest in the date of its composition?

(C) The Oresteia

The Suppliant Women does actually occupy a position after The Persians and Seven Against Thebes,
which now become the "primitive plays, and before the Oresteia



25. With which of the following statements regarding the chronological criteria mentioned in lines 33-34
would the author be most likely to agree?
(E) Such criteria, based on often ambiguous internal evidence, can lead to erroneous reconstructions
of the chronology of an author's work- correct
The discovery has resulted in no less than a total reevaluation of every-chronological criterion
that has been applied to or derived from


26. The author's attitude toward the "activity" mentioned and its consequences can best be described as one of

(A) amused tolerance- correct
(B) mocking envy- not supported
(C) grave doubt- not supported
(D) angry disapproval- not supported
(E) unrestrained enthusiasm- not supported

27. The allusion to the hypothetical papyrus fragment in lines 45-49 does which of the following?


(E) Qualifies the author's agreement with the "new creed" developed since the Oxyrhynchus papyrus find.-correct
This is infact the essence of the entire passage.
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Can someone please explain q21? - one of the overall-idea questions I found tough
I chose A even though unsure about the word "series" in the answer choice and outright crossed out B upon seeing "modern ideas concerning a particular author's work" since I thought the passage was never about the modern ideas
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Can someone please explain q21? - one of the overall-idea questions I found tough
I chose A even though unsure about the word "series" in the answer choice and outright crossed out B upon seeing "modern ideas concerning a particular author's work" since I thought the passage was never about the modern ideas


choice A is incorrect because there is only one "archaeological find" , not series of findings. Moreover, "their impact on the study of Greek literature" is too general. The passage only focuses on one case. Try eliminating choice like this.
Secondly, what is the problem with modern ideas. It is true. Actually the modern ideas regarding the drama is: "not only the role of the chorus but also language, metrics, and characterization all pointed to an early date". This is the idea of modern scholars, along with many other details in the passage; and they were rejected by discovery of papyrus fragment showing another idea or hypothesis is true.
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