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The value of study of the arts in American colleges assumes

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The value of study of the arts in American colleges assumes [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2019, 05:56
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The value of study of the arts in American colleges assumes today a special poignancy. Without the kind of experience which this study provides, the student is abandoned to the blind, (i) ___ influence of the mass arts-advertising, movies, and television. Largely commercial in intent, cynical, (ii) ___, they exert a persistent pressure to which he would be unable to oppose a (iii)____ attitude.



Blank (i) Blank (ii) Blank (iii)
vacillating unostentatious critical
deforming dispassionate amicable
feeble blatant indifferent




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Re: The value of study of the arts in American colleges assumes [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2019, 08:16
Could someone explain blanks (ii) and blanks (iii) ?
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Re: The value of study of the arts in American colleges assumes [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2019, 09:23
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When you have to tackle such complex and long sentences, which usually are the (iii) blanks, it is easy to overlook what is the real gist of the problem.

The sentence says that the students are corrupted in their critical view of the art. They are not able to apply a sever thorough understanding without influence, they become bias, essentially.


Dissect the sentence piece by piece. Use the stop strategy because even when you do have a blank in the end of it maybe some clue that blank is positioned at the beginning OR every piece is important to understand the entire meaning.

The value of study of the arts in American colleges assumes today a particular poignancy

This part tells us that the study of the arts is essential and intense (poignancy)


Without the kind of experience which this study provides, the student is abandoned to the blind, deforming influence of th media

The same media when they divulge their message, they distort the real meaning of the art. They are commercial, cynical, and they DO NOT care about the art indeed. They are dispassionate of the matter. They do not do what they do for passion but money.

They exert a persistent pressure to which he would be unable to oppose an (iii)____ attitude.

The media apply constant pressure (exert) to the students. Think about they confuse them; they do not say, for instance, art is not only beautiful but also it teaches you about life: suffering, pain, joy, and so on...They tell us only is cool to sell ticket at the museums, but they do not show the real beauty essence of it.

Therefore, the students have their brainwashed and do not think critically. They are not able to oppose to this process a critical attitude.


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Re: The value of study of the arts in American colleges assumes [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2020, 20:32
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When you have to tackle such complex and long sentences, which usually are the (iii) blanks, it is easy to overlook what is the real gist of the problem.

The sentence says that the students are corrupted in their critical view of the art. They are not able to apply a sever thorough understanding without influence, they become bias, essentially.


Dissect the sentence piece by piece. Use the stop strategy because even when you do have a blank in the end of it maybe some clue that blank is positioned at the beginning OR every piece is important to understand the entire meaning.

The value of study of the arts in American colleges assumes today a particular poignancy

This part tells us that the study of the arts is essential and intense (poignancy)


Without the kind of experience which this study provides, the student is abandoned to the blind, deforming influence of th media

The same media when they divulge their message, they distort the real meaning of the art. They are commercial, cynical, and they DO NOT care about the art indeed. They are dispassionate of the matter. They do not do what they do for passion but money.

They exert a persistent pressure to which he would be unable to oppose an (iii)____ attitude.

The media apply constant pressure (exert) to the students. Think about they confuse them; they do not say, for instance, art is not only beautiful but also it teaches you about life: suffering, pain, joy, and so on...They tell us only is cool to sell ticket at the museums, but they do not show the real beauty essence of it.

Therefore, the students have their brainwashed and do not think critically. They are not able to oppose to this process a critical attitude.


I hope this helps.



Hi! The second blank is E, right? If yes, then the spoiler should be corrected. Please have a look. Thanks!
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Re: The value of study of the arts in American colleges assumes [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2020, 06:57
Shouldn't the second blank be E
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