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by pradeepkaushal9518 » Mon Mar 07, 2011 5:53 am
Cinema Studies Student: A film critic argues that modern moviegoers lack the patience that was common among moviegoers in the silent era. The critic must be correct, because in her analytical study of 20 popular modern movies, she found the average length of a scene to be less than half as long as the average length of a scene in 20 popular movies from the silent era; longer scenes try audience's patience.

Which of the following points to a possible flaw in the student's argument?

A
There may be more relevant criteria than the average length of a movie scene by which to evaluate the interest of modern moviegoers in silent films.
B
The student may not have agreed with the critic's conclusion had she watched the movies herself.
C
The critic could have chosen to analyze a set of movies that supported her hypothesis.
D
Some filmmakers deliberately use shorter scenes to enhance the drama of their work.
E
A moviegoer unfamiliar with cinema studies may not understand the critic's methodology in determining average scene length.
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by mundasingh123 » Mon Mar 07, 2011 5:57 am
D gives one possible reason as to why the scenes in modern movies are much shorter when compared with the scenes in movies from the Silent Era . The scenes are shorter by choice of the Movie Producer and not the Movie Goer
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by AIM GMAT » Mon Mar 07, 2011 6:11 am
IMO C.

Feel this question very similar to an OG question , whts the source ?
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by nikhilsrl » Mon Mar 07, 2011 9:52 pm
The argument can be flawed if the movies selected for analysis by the critic is not representative. C agrees with this.

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by bubbliiiiiiii » Mon Mar 07, 2011 10:03 pm
I reject D and I am confused between A and C.

Can some clarify this?
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by Bakhtior » Mon Mar 07, 2011 11:42 pm
IMO A
How is OA?

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by saurabh_maths » Tue Mar 08, 2011 3:47 am
Close call b/w C & D ....

In my opinion it shd be C ....

OA please ?

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by HSPA » Tue Mar 08, 2011 3:59 am
I will give a hint:
the student chose popular movies not the movies of her intrest... So who all are still with C :)
D is out of scope as well as a little extreme

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by amaelle » Tue Mar 08, 2011 4:12 am
I'm with D

As this critic has choosen 20 POPULAR MODERN moovies, this means that they are representative of people preference.
so D is more relevant in my opinion.

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by aspirant2011 » Tue Mar 08, 2011 4:56 am
i would go with C.................wats the OA????????

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by pradeepkaushal9518 » Tue Mar 08, 2011 7:46 pm
oa is C

Choice C is correct. The student is convinced by the critic's "experiment," not by the original argument that scene length and patience are intertwined. If the movies did not constitute a representative sample, as this choice states, then the student's argument would fall apart. In other words, the critic might have rigged the experiment to prove a point.

Choice A is quite tempting, but has a fatal flaw; it refers to the interest of modern moviegoers in silent films. This choice crosses categories and thus misrepresents the critic's argument and conclusion, which is about modern viewers and modern movies vs. silent movies and the moviegoers of the silent era.
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by mundasingh123 » Tue Mar 08, 2011 9:50 pm
pradeepkaushal9518 wrote:oa is C

Choice C is correct. The student is convinced by the critic's "experiment," not by the original argument that scene length and patience are intertwined. If the movies did not constitute a representative sample, as this choice states, then the student's argument would fall apart. In other words, the critic might have rigged the experiment to prove a point.

Choice A is quite tempting, but has a fatal flaw; it refers to the interest of modern moviegoers in silent films. This choice crosses categories and thus misrepresents the critic's argument and conclusion, which is about modern viewers and modern movies vs. silent movies and the moviegoers of the silent era.
What does the OE say about D ?
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