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That today’s students of American culture tend to (i) _________ classical music is understandable. In our own time, America’s musical high culture has degenerated into a formulaic entertainment divorced from the contemporary moment. Thus, to miss out on what our orchestras are up to is not to (ii) _________ much. In the late Gilded Age, however, music was widely esteemed as the “queen of the arts.” Classical music was in its American heyday, (iii) _________ the culture at large.




Blank iBlank iiBlank iii
a) promoted) sacrificeg) antagonistic toward
b) reinterprete) appreciateh) generally rejected by
c) ignoref) maligni) centrally embedded in




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Re: OG_VPR # 7 That today’s students of American culture tend t [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2016, 06:44
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The “however” of the next-to-last sentence indicates that the author’s characterization of the relationship between classical music and popular culture during the Gilded Age contrasts with the current state of affairs. Since music was widely esteemed during the Gilded Age, it follows that it is viewed more negatively, or disregarded, during the current era. Of the choices for Blank (i), “ignore” is the only choice that conveys this sentiment; “promote” connotes the opposite, while “reinterpret” suggests a different sort of positive engagement with classical music that is otherwise unmentioned in the passage. The author characterizes the current disconnection between music and culture as understandable, and uses pejorative language (“degenerated,” “formulaic”) to describe current classical music. Of the three choices for Blank (ii), “sacrifice” best conveys this dismissive attitude; “appreciate” would convey that those who forego orchestral concerts are indeed missing something worthwhile, while “malign” overstates the presumed level of feeling and activity of one who simply does not attend concerts. Since the lack of a connection between culture and classical music must contrast with the relationship during the Gilded Age, the answer to Blank (iii) is “centrally embedded in.” Of the other two choices, “generally rejected by” would provide no contrast, while “antagonistic toward” suggests a relationship that would not explain why music was
so widely esteemed. Thus the correct answer is ignore (Choice C), sacrifice (Choice D), and centrally embedded in (Choice I).
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Re: OG_VPR # 7 That today’s students of American culture tend t [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2018, 19:18
whoa. @carcass if you were to give one advice I can come up with "sacrifice", what would it be? From which part of the sentence did you conjecture that the answer would be sacrifice?
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Re: OG_VPR # 7 That today’s students of American culture tend t [#permalink] New post 23 Nov 2018, 10:22
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Actually, the entire passage could be split into two parts

That today’s students of American culture tend to (i) _________ classical music is understandable. In our own time, America’s musical high culture has degenerated into a formulaic entertainment divorced from the contemporary moment. Thus, to miss out on what our orchestras are up to is not to (ii) _________ much.

Which has a negative connotation: to the new generations do not care that much of classical music. So, what it represents might be dismissed (sacrifice)

In the late Gilded Age, however, music was widely esteemed as the “queen of the arts.” Classical music was in its American heyday, (iii) _________ the culture at large.

The second part has a positive connotation: look at queen of the arts.

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Re: OG_VPR # 7 That today’s students of American culture tend t [#permalink] New post 12 Jul 2019, 20:32
Dear, what does it means?
"America’s musical high culture has degenerated into a formulaic entertainment divorced from the contemporary moment"
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Re: OG_VPR # 7 That today’s students of American culture tend t [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2019, 10:43
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Musical high culture, for instance, the Opera, once it represented the spirit of America. However, now it is just a poor or pale figure of once it was.

it no longer is the reflection or the ongoing history, of the moment, in the life of America.

In a nutshell, it is unrelated to the moment or reality. It now is something else.

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