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Post Fri May 18, 2012 6:37 am
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    Recent feminist scholarship concerning the United
    States in the 1920’s challenges earlier interpretations
    that assessed the twenties in terms of the unkept
    “promises” of the women’s suffrage movement. This
    new scholarship disputes the long-held view that
    because a women’s voting bloc did not materialize
    after women gained the right to vote in 1920, suffrage
    failed to produce long-term political gains for women.
    These feminist scholars also challenge the old view
    that pronounced suffrage a failure for not delivering on
    the promise that the women’s vote would bring about
    moral, corruption-free governance. Asked whether
    women’s suffrage was a failure, these scholars cite the
    words of turn-of-the-century social reformer Jane
    Addams, “Why don’t you ask if suffrage in general is
    In some ways, however, these scholars still present
    the 1920’s as a period of decline. After suffrage, they
    argue, the feminist movement lost its cohesiveness,
    and gender consciousness waned. After the mid-
    1920’s, few successes could be claimed by feminist
    reformers: little could be seen in the way of legislative
    During this decade, however, there was intense
    activism aimed at achieving increased autonomy for
    women, broadening the spheres within which they
    lived their daily lives. Women’s organizations worked
    to establish opportunities for women: they strove to
    secure for women the full entitlements of citizenship,
    including the right to hold office and the right to serve
    on juries.

    The passage is primarily concerned with
    A. providing evidence indicating that feminist
    reformers of the 1920’s failed to reach some of their
    B. presenting scholarship that contrasts suffragist
    “promises” with the historical realities of the 1920’s
    C. discussing recent scholarship concerning the
    achievements of women’s suffrage during the 1920’s
    and presenting an alternative view of those
    D. outlining recent findings concerning events leading
    to suffrage for women in the 1920’s and presenting a
    challenge to those findings
    E. providing support for a traditional view of the
    success of feminist attempts to increase gender
    consciousness among women during the 1920’s
    OA: C

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    Post Fri May 18, 2012 6:48 am
    1st para: Recent scholarship is challenging the earlier interpretations of assessing the women's suffrage movement
    2nd para: But the still Recent scholarship feel that 1920 was period of decline (feminist moment lost cohesiveness ,Gender conscious remained and few success
    3rd: Author's op that there was intensive activism aimed to increase the autonomy of women..explaining in detail
    I am confused between B and C
    The reason I choose C is because the passage has author's opinion(3rd para) and C also have Author's opinion
    would like to know why B is wrong

    Also I have seen that when the authors opinion is at the end of paragraph, sometimes the answer choice containing opinion is considered correct and sometimes not. can you help to know when the author opinion is relevant for main purpose and when it is not

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