DISCUSSION: Main point and primary purpose questions are much the same: use your paragraph summaries, and ask yourself “why is the author telling me this?”
This passage is a description of Gilliam’s work, of its context within the African-American abstract art movement, and of what Gilliam was trying to achieve.
- CORRECT. This is the best fit. This passage is above all a description of Gilliam’s work.
- Gilliam’s work was far more than political. See lines 30-34. Gilliam wanted to describe the whole of human experience.
- The passage mentions Gilliam’s style, but not the evolution of Gilliam’s style.
- The passage does say that Gilliam’s views were rare (line 35). But that’s not the point of the passage, and the passage doesn’t do much to prove that Gilliam’s views were rare. This answer choice describes an argument devoted to proving that few others held Gilliam’s views.
- The passage didn’t describe any technical limitations.
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