Source: Revised GRE PDF 1st Ed. Section 4: Verbal; #24 (p. 68)

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The author of the passage mentions East

The author of the passage mentions East End working-class theaters primarily in order to 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. Blank: illustrate a point about the ability of magazines to sway public opinion, contrast the kinds of entertainment presented in East End andWest End theaters, make a point about how spectators’ tastes influenced the offerings at different kinds of theaters, explain how magazines chose which kinds of entertainment to cover, identify factors that helped make certain theaters fashionable

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Arjun

Can you please explain, why C is not the answer!

Oct 10, 2015 • Comment

Cydney Seigerman, Magoosh Tutor

Hi Arjun :)
Answer Choice C states: "make a point about how spectators’ tastes influenced the offerings at different kinds of theaters." In other words, C is saying that the spectators or the public affected or had influence over the different types of theater. However, the passage is actually discussing "the influence of British magazines" on public opinion. The magazines had "opinion-shaping power." Another key sentence that emphasizes this is: "The role of magazines as arbiters of nineteenth-century taste is seen in their depictions of the London theater." According to the passage, magazines not the public acted as arbiters, or the judges, of theater and culture.
I hope this clears up why C is not correct! :)

Nov 6, 2015 • Reply

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Gravatar Chris Lele, Magoosh Tutor

Sep 26, 2012 • Comment

pranay rao

Chris,
Why is B not the answer? The sentence that follows "However.." states that these magazines depicted music halls in East End theaters "as places where crass entertainment
corrupted spectators’ taste and morals"

Jul 22, 2014 • Reply

Cydney Seigerman, Magoosh Tutor

The passage states that East End working-class
theaters "mirrored the format of the fashionable
West End theaters serving middle- and upper-class
audiences." In other words, East End theaters reflected or resembled the theaters on the West End. This is the opposite of what B states. On the other hand, music halls, which according to the passage "competed for patronage [customers] with all theaters" were depicted as "as places where crass entertainment corrupted spectators’ taste and morals." And overall, the descriptions of these places of entertainment published in the magazines influenced public opinion.
I hope this helps! :)

Nov 6, 2015 • Reply

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