This is an explanation for passage 1 of LSAT preptest 35, the October 2001 LSAT. This passage is about women’s memoirs from the French Revolution. Some historians question the accuracy of these memoirs, but other scholars disagree.
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- Few women wrote memoirs of the French Revolution. Those who did were upper class. This was for social and political reasons.
- Were the memoirs accurate? For objective events, we can compare memoirs. For subjective, personal events, we must look to other factors.
- Bertholet studied the memoirs. While many women conformed to female roles, other showed individual acts of feminism.
This passage is a neutral summary of some information about women who wrote about the French Revolution. The passage seems to favor the perspective of women who supported the revolution or who wrote from a feminist perspective. However, the author doesn’t openly give their point of view.
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