QUESTION TEXT: Critic: In her presentation of important works of…
QUESTION TYPE: Most Strongly Supported
- Waverly wanted to be objective.
- Waverly wrote better about art she likes.
ANALYSIS: This is a confusing stimulus. It requires you to think in real world terms.
Bias can be subtle. If someone claims to be neutral, but they consistently write better about things they like, then that’s a form of bias.
Waverly said she wanted to be neutral. Since Waverly did have a bias, we can say that it seems she failed to achieve her stated goal.
- Waverly didn’t say what all art historians should do. Instead, Waverly only described what she tried to do. Maybe Waverly thinks art historians can have opinions in other cases.
- The critic said Waverly writes better about art she likes than about art she doesn’t care about. That actually implies this answer is false: if you are indifferent to art then you won’t like or dislike it.
- Hard to say what Waverly’s intention was. She may have honestly tried to write neutrally, but failed in her aim.
- CORRECT. This seems probable. If you write better about art you like, then that is a form of bias.
- This is a strong accusation. It’s equally likely that Waverly wanted to be objective, but failed. Objectivity is hard.
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