This is an explanation for passage 2 of LSAT preptest 35, the October 2001 LSAT. This passage is about an artist, Romare Bearden. It discusses his work and the innovative techniques he used to depict African-American life during the depression.
This section has paragraph summaries and an analysis of the passage, links to the explanations for the questions are below.
- The two triumphs of Romare Bearden: innovative painting techniques, and exploration of the African-American experience.
- Description of Bearden’s style.
- How Bearden depicted the struggles of African Americans during the depression. He used innovative techniques to show individual suffering.
- How Bearden showed the happy side of the African-American experience.
This passage praises and describes Bearden’s work. The concepts aren’t too hard compared to other passages. But that doesn’t make this type of passage easy. Questions 12 and 13 are both exception questions; they demand a mastery of the passage’s structure and an ability to quickly find details.
Most of the questions ask about specific details. So it’s very important to make a good map of the passage. That way you can quickly find anything you need to know. By “map of the passage” I mean the sort of information I listed in the paragraph summaries above. Not all details from the passage are there, but the summaries make it easy to know where to look for details.
If you know to look for a detail in paragraph 3, it’s must faster than having to search the entire passage.
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