DISCUSSION: Bearden went further than protest painting and showed the sufferings of individuals. This implies that protest painting focussed on showing groups.
Most of the wrong answers describe things that are true about Bearden. The question asks about his paintings. This question is easy if you reread lines 25-30 and think about them, but hard if you don’t.
- CORRECT. Bearden painted individual scenes, and his paintings were different from protest poetry. General scenes are the opposite of individual scenes.
- Bearden painted people alone, in nonspecific scenes (Bearden didn’t do protest painting). (lines 29-31)
- Bearden challenged traditional technique. It’s implied that protest painting was more conventional.
- This is tricky. We know that protest painters showed African-Americans who suffered in Harlem during the great depression. But in paragraph 4 we’re told that the African-American experience included more than suffering. The protest painters seem to have only focussed on the miserable aspects of African-American experience.
- This is true of Bearden. He focussed on individuals, the protest painters didn’t.
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