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Source: Official Guide Revised GRE 1st Ed. Part 8; Section 3; #18


The author of the passage cites Rosenblum’s

The author of the passage cites Rosenblum’s book most likely in order to The condition of scholarship devoted to the history of women in photography is confounding. Recent years have witnessed the posthumous inflation of the role of the hobbyist Alice Austen into that of a pioneering documentarian while dozens of notable senior figures—Marion Palfi, whose photographs of civil-rights activities in the South served as early evidence of the need for protective legislation, to name one—received scant attention from scholars. And, while Naomi Rosenblum’s synoptic History of Women Photographers covers the subject through 1920 in a generally useful fashion, once she reaches the 1920s, when the venues, forms, applications, and movements of the medium expanded exponentially, she resorts to an increasingly terse listing of unfamiliar names, with approaches and careers summarized in a sentence or two. suggest that the works documented most thoroughly by historians of women in photography often do not warrant that attention, offer an explanation for the observation that not all aspects of the history of women in photography have received the same level of attention, provide an example of a way in which scholarship on the history of women in photography has been unsatisfactory, suggest that employing a strictly chronological approach when studying the history of women in photography may be unproductive, provide support for the notion that certain personalities in women’s photography have attained undue prominence

4 Explanations


Abhinav Shahu

Can you please explain why ans E is not correct?

Jan 7, 2017 • Comment


Hi Abhinav,

(E) is incorrect because the author discusses "the posthumous inflation" of certain figures in women's photography, but not in reference to Rosenblum's book.

Jan 8, 2017 • Reply


Sofia Ababou

Hi! Please could you explain in which sense the word "scholarship" is used here? I know it seems useless but its confusing meaning made me perplex.

Nov 7, 2016 • Comment


Hi Sofia — "Scholarship" is the academic study of something. I hope that helps!

Nov 8, 2016 • Reply


Jinxiao Wu

i just wonder why B is not correct answer.

Jan 21, 2014 • Comment

Hi Jinxiao! Good question! The reason that B is not correct is because the book is not used to explain an observation. Answer choice (b) says that the books is sited in order to "offer an explanation for the observation..."

We can look at the passage and see that this is not true. the key is to understand what happens in the sentence before the one that mentions Rosenblum's book. Let's take a look:

"...dozens of notable line senior figures ... received scant attention from scholars."

So we know that the book is mentioned as an example of a scholar giving little attention to the major female figures in photography. We don't find any information of the book being and "explanation."

Does this make sense?

Jan 23, 2014 • Reply

Jae Sung Kim

had the same question. Thanks.

May 7, 2016 • Reply

Cydney Seigerman, Magoosh Tutor

On behalf of Kevin, you're very welcome, Jae Sung! :)

May 7, 2016 • Reply


Chris Lele

Oct 9, 2012 • Comment

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