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Jean Wagner's most enduring contribution to the study of Afr

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Jean Wagner's most enduring contribution to the study of Afro-American poetry is his insistence that it be analyzed in a religious, as well as secular, frame of reference. The appropriateness of such an approach may seem self-evident for a tradition commencing with spirituals and owing its early forms, rhythms, vocabulary, and evangelical fervor to Wesleyan hymnals. But before Wagner a secular outlook that analyzed Black poetry solely within the context of political and social protest was dominant in the field.

It is Wagner who first demonstrated the essential fusion of racial and religious feeling in Afro-American poetry. The two, he argued, form a symbiotic union in which religious feelings are often applied to racial issues and racial problems are often projected onto a metaphysical plane. Wagner found this most eloquently illustrated in the Black spiritual, where the desire for freedom in this world and the hope for salvation in the next are inextricably intertwined.
17. The primary purpose of the passage is to

(A) contrast the theories of Jean Wagner with those of other contemporary critics
(B) document the influence of Jean Wagner on the development of Afro-American poetry
(C) explain the relevance of Jean Wagner's work to the study of Afro-American religion
(D) indicate the importance of Jean Wagner's analysis of Afro-American poetry
(E) present the contributions of Jean Wagner to the study of Black spirituals

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D



18. All of the following aspects of Afro-American poetry are referred to in the passage as having been influenced by Wesleyan hymnals EXCEPT

(A) subject matter
(B) word choice
(C) rhythm
(D) structure
(E) tone

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A


19. It can be inferred from the passage that, before Wagner, most students of Afro-American poetry did which of the following?

(A) Contributed appreciably to the transfer of political protest from Afro-American poetry to direct political action.
(B) Ignored at least some of the historical roots of Afro-American poetry.
(C) Analyzed fully the aspects of social protest to be found in such traditional forms of AfroAmerican poetry as the Black spiritual.
(D) Regarded as unimportant the development of fervent emotionalism in a portion of AfroAmerican poetry.
(E) Concentrated on the complex relations between the technical elements in Afro-American poetry and its political content.

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B


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17. The primary purpose of the passage is to

The first line of the passage basically says that Jean Wagner has insisted that Afro-American poetry need to "analyzed" in both religious and secular domains. Previously, only secular outlook was prevalent. Then, the author described how Wagner linked African Americans struggle during enslavement can be interpreted in religious context. He pointed out that religious struggle and racial struggle are intertwined.

From the first line of the passage and onward, we can deduce that the passage is about Jean Wagner's analysis of poetry. Therefore, the answer is D.


18. All of the following aspects of Afro-American poetry are referred to in the passage as having been influenced by Wesleyan hymnals EXCEPT


The author has mentioned all the options except "subject matter". This can be found in the third line of the first paragraph.

19. It can be inferred from the passage that, before Wagner, most students of Afro-American poetry did which of the following?


Since the passage mentioned in the second paragraph that prior to Wagner, the poetry was only analyzed in secular state, we can infer that some students may have missed the historical significance - and especially racial struggle that is intertwined with religious struggle - of poetry. The answer is therefore B.
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Re: Jean Wagner's most enduring contribution to the study of Afr [#permalink] New post 05 May 2020, 00:08
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19. It can be inferred from the passage that, before Wagner, most students of Afro-American poetry did which of the following?


Since the passage mentioned in the second paragraph that prior to Wagner, the poetry was only analyzed in secular state, we can infer that some students may have missed the historical significance - and especially racial struggle that is intertwined with religious struggle - of poetry. The answer is therefore B.


Is C eliminated because only social protest is focused on and not political protests? If political protests were mentioned, would it be stronger than option B? I disregarded option B because I failed to infer the relation between historical roots and tradition. And social protest is mentioned in the passage, so to me that was the strongest option available.
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Re: Jean Wagner's most enduring contribution to the study of Afr [#permalink] New post 05 May 2020, 04:02
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Re: Jean Wagner's most enduring contribution to the study of Afr [#permalink] New post 05 May 2020, 05:03
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19. It can be inferred from the passage that, before Wagner, most students of Afro-American poetry did which of the following?


Since the passage mentioned in the second paragraph that prior to Wagner, the poetry was only analyzed in secular state, we can infer that some students may have missed the historical significance - and especially racial struggle that is intertwined with religious struggle - of poetry. The answer is therefore B.


Is C eliminated because only social protest is focused on and not political protests? If political protests were mentioned, would it be stronger than option B? I disregarded option B because I failed to infer the relation between historical roots and tradition. And social protest is mentioned in the passage, so to me that was the strongest option available.


"Analyzed fully the aspects of social protest to be found in such traditional forms of AfroAmerican poetry as the Black spiritual."


It is not mentioned that most African-American students analyzed FULLY social protest in Black spiritual. So, I eliminated this one.
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Re: Jean Wagner's most enduring contribution to the study of Afr [#permalink] New post 27 May 2020, 18:31
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17. The primary purpose of the passage is to

(A) contrast the theories of Jean Wagner with those of other contemporary critics-
incorrect- no contemporary critics are even mentioned. [i]But before Wagner a secular outlook that[/i]
(B) document the influence of Jean Wagner on the development of Afro-American poetry
incorrect- passage does not mention his influence on development
(C) explain the relevance of Jean Wagner's work to the study of Afro-American religion
incorrect- trap answer- study of Afro-American religion
(D) indicate the importance of Jean Wagner's analysis of Afro-American poetry
correct-
(E) present the contributions of Jean Wagner to the study of Black spirituals
incorrect- this is only an example

18. All of the following aspects of Afro-American poetry are referred to in the passage as having been influenced by Wesleyan hymnals EXCEPT

(A) subject matter- incorrect, not mentioned
(B) word choice- vocabulary,
(C) rhythm- rhythms,
(D) structure- early forms,
(E) tone- and evangelical fervor

19. It can be inferred from the passage that, before Wagner, most students of Afro-American poetry did which of the following?

(A) Contributed appreciably to the transfer of political protest from Afro-American poetry to direct political action.
incorrect- not mentioned in passage
(B) Ignored at least some of the historical roots of Afro-American poetry.
correct- something which Wagner focussed in his study
(C) Analyzed fully the aspects of social protest to be found in such traditional forms of AfroAmerican poetry as the Black spiritual.
incorrect- not mentioned in passage
(D) Regarded as unimportant the development of fervent emotionalism in a portion of AfroAmerican poetry.
incorrect- not mentioned
(E) Concentrated on the complex relations between the technical elements in Afro-American poetry and its political content.
incorrect- not supported in passage
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