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Source: Official Guide Revised GRE 2nd Ed. Part 9; Section 3; #19


It seems obvious that Miles Davis’ the

It seems obvious that Miles Davis’ the Juilliard School, which resulted in his decision to drop out, was based on the school’s training of musicians for a kind of music that he did not want to play. disaffection with, dislocation of, disentanglement from subversion of, displacement of, estrangement from

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Chris Lele

Dec 2, 2012 • Comment

Rajdeep Singh

disaffected also means insurgent, kind of rebellious. In that way subversion and disaffected should be the answer, suggesting that he didn like the music over there and hence turned rebellious and abandoned the school. Please explain

May 8, 2014 • Reply

Lucas Fink

I could see how that could be confusing, Rajdeep! But disaffection in fact has a quite different meaning than subversion. Subversion is actively undermining something. This sentence is not about about what Miles Davis DID, but rather about how he FELT. Disaffection is a feeling. It might result in rebellion, but it by itself is a not an act of rebellion.

We also could not say that his "subversion resulted in his decision to drop out," logically. He would most likely decided to drop out before trying to subvert the ideas or power of the school.

Jun 6, 2014 • Reply

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