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A progenitor is a precursor or an ancestor, so the correct sentence tells you that Szymanowska’s techniques and compositions came before and influenced those of Chopin. The other composers mentioned in the passage are either described as her contemporaries or given no chronological relationship to Szymanowska, so none of the other sentences that refer to composers can be supported.
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The author states human society will be poorer for its inability to recognize the expertise and inventiveness of these women. The author states this as a blunt fact: Choice (B), emphatic, is closest to this, as the author states, with emphasis, his opinion. The author does not wish for the past to return, so choice (A), nostalgic, is incorrect. The author is not dismissive of the musicians, but rather dislikes the fact that others have dismissed the musicians, so choice (C) is incorrect. The final sentence is unequivocal, so choice (D), perplexed, is incorrect. The author is not being instructive, so didactic is incorrect, and the answer is choice (B).
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Choice (A) describes a problem, but it is too extreme because some documentation must exist for people to know about Szymanowska’s work. Choice (B) also describes a problem but is too specific—musical scores were never mentioned. Choice (C) provides a good paraphrase of the second and third sentences of the last paragraph and is, therefore, the best choice. Choice (D) is too extreme. If you chose choice (E), you probably were looking at the last line of the passage, which talks about the future, not about the past and present.
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Choice (A) is not supported: Although the passage does say that women’s role in the development of Polish music was largely ignored, there’s no indication that Szymanowska composed music to make a statement about feminism. Choice (B) is supported: All her pieces have technically superior elements, but only two are specified to have Polonaise rhythms. Choice (C) is not supported: The passage never specifies which of her over one hundred works were most highly praised, and more specific information is needed before a judgment of disproportionate amount of attention can be justified.
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