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While the influence of British magazines in shaping public opinion predates the nineteenth century, it was during the 1800s that mass distribution became possible and an explosion in periodical readership occurred, vastly increasing magazines' opinion-shaping powers. The role of magazines as arbiters of nineteenth-century taste is seen in their depictions of the London theater. The magazines accorded some legitimacy to East End working-class theaters that mirrored the format of the fashionable West End theaters serving middle- and upper-class audiences. However, the magazines also depicted music halls—which competed for patronage with all theaters—as places where crass entertainment corrupted spectators' taste and morals. Finally, they suggested that popular demand for substandard fare created a market unfriendly to higher expressions of dramatic art.
The author of the passage attributes the influence of British periodicals in shaping public opinion in the nineteenth century in part to

A) a growing public interest in reading opinion pieces
B) an increase in the relative number of readers from the middle and upper classes
C) changes in the way in which magazines were distributed
D) magazines' increased coverage of theater and popular entertainment
E) changes in magazine format that attracted a wider readership

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C


The author of the passage mentions "East End working-class theaters" primarily in order to

A) illustrate a point about the ability of magazines to sway public opinion
B) contrast the kinds of entertainment presented in East End and West End theaters
C) make a point about how spectators' tastes influenced the offerings at different kinds of theaters
D) explain how magazines chose which kinds of entertainment to cover
E) identify factors that helped make certain theaters fashionable

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Re: While the influence of British magazines in shaping public o [#permalink] New post 17 Feb 2017, 07:17
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1) Of course, if the newspapers had more diffusion, people got more awareness about what was around them.

2) Reading the previous sentence
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The role of magazines as arbiters of nineteenth-century taste is seen in their depictions of the London theater


you can notice how the right answer is A
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Re: While the influence of British magazines in shaping public o [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2017, 02:27
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Of course, the answer A can be applicable, unless, one can see the specific question that the second question asks. There is a contrast between East End working class theaters and West End theaters. So, I think that this question includes fallaces.
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Re: While the influence of British magazines in shaping public o [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2017, 02:04
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Sorry but if you are saying that the question has a hole or is not properly formulated, I think you are wrong. Sorry.

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Re: While the influence of British magazines in shaping public o [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2017, 06:20
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@sand

Sorry for the late response.

Back to you question.

The passage, indeed not so tough even though not easy, in a nutshell, says:

Quote:
Shaping public opinion by magazines is antedating 1800 but is only during 1800 thanks to the mass distribution that people started to read them massively, as it turns out magazines increased their influence. At this point, the author to shows clearly all this starting an example of London Theater.
The magazines gave some importance or credits to the East End working-class theaters, that at the time have been mimicking the upper-class theaters in West London.

At the same time, the same magazines criticized these East London theaters because their theatrical representations were rough and corrupted the morale of people. I.E the West London T. were more sophisticated. All this lead to a weird people' behavior: it was created a market for sub standard theaters representations, debasing the high expression of dramatic art


1)

The author of the passage attributes the influence of British periodicals in shaping public opinion in the nineteenth century in part to

A) a growing public interest in reading opinion pieces

this is not mentioned in the passage

B) an increase in the relative number of readers from the middle and upper classes

the numbers are not mentioned

C) changes in the way in which magazines were distributed

Quote:
mass distribution became possible and an explosion in periodical readership occurred,
correct

D) magazines' increased coverage of theater and popular entertainment

magazine depicted theaters and music halls, is not mentioned an increase in coverage more than usual

E) changes in magazine format that attracted a wider readership

no format is mentioned

2)

The author of the passage mentions "East End working-class theaters" primarily in order to

A) illustrate a point about the ability of magazines to sway public opinion

Quote:
Correct East end theaters are mentioned just for the purpose of showing the shaping influence of magazines during 1800


B) contrast the kinds of entertainment presented in East End and West End theaters

no contrast is made

C) make a point about how spectators' tastes influenced the offerings at different kinds of theaters

no public's palatable is mentioned

D) explain how magazines chose which kinds of entertainment to cover

Not mentioned any kind of choosing

E) identify factors that helped make certain theaters fashionable

no fashion is mentioned or attibuted

I hope now is more clear

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