Course Book, Page 49, Question 17

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Course Book, Page 49, Question 17

Postby NS_Tutor_Katelyn » Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:08 pm

A student asked us: "The correct answer for this question is listed as B. "Millet primarily painted peasants, whereas Rembrandt's subjects were more diverse". My deterrent to selecting this answer was the use of the word "primarily", which suggests to me that Millet may have painted other subjects as well. In comparison to the passage, which states "His range of observation was limited to peasant life", this stem does not seem accurate. Is this sort of subtlety frequently used on the MCAT as a distractor?"

The short answer is yes, the MCAT is a subtle exam, and we have to be careful about overly assuming answers. For instance, to say that "primarily painted peasants" is incompatible with "limited to peasant life" is too strong of an assumption, since neither of those statements is in and of itself exclusive of the other.
Katelyn Sawyer
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