Monday, March 10, 2008

Giving me GREif

Which of the following best describes the main purpose of the passage?

A. describe characteristics of Serialism and discuss reasons for various public reactions to the genre
B. contrast Serialism to the Romantic and Impressionist musical genres
C. describe the origins and applications of the Serial genre
D. explore the relationship between the musical genre of Serialism and the art genre of expressionism
E. counter the public misunderstanding of Serialism

Well I answered C, which was wrong. Here is the paradoxical feedback that I got from The Princeton Review's Cracking the GRE, complete with typo:

No. This answer choice is too specific no to mention too broad. It does not mention common reactions to the various applications of serialist music, though such reactions are discussed throughout the passage. The correct answer is A.

There you have it folks. Somehow that answer is too specific while simultaneously being too broad (which is of course the opposite of specific).

Not only that, it seems that it discusses a topic without even mentioning that topic. I am not sure how this can be accomplished, but it is likely that there is magic involved.

At least one thing is clear though: "The correct answer is A".

1 comment:

Laverna said...

I love multiple choice answers. Good heavens.