DISCUSSION: Note that this question is asking what the author “most likely” believes. As such, you don’t need an answer that’s 100% supported by the passage. You just need to find something that’s probably true.
The author’s main opinion is that perfumes can be great works of art and are worthy of analysis. This supports answer B: we have every reason to think that the author believes perfumes can be just as exquisite as statues. Line 12 says that Joy Parfum is a masterpiece. We have no reason to think that the author believes that masterpiece perfumes are any less important than other masterful works of art.
Note that we know nothing about Joy Parfum except that it is a masterpiece. (line 12)
- Lines 10-12 say that art experts do not seek out Joy Parfum. So the passage somewhat contradicts this answer.
- CORRECT. This is fairly well supported. The author thinks that perfumes are as important as other works of art (lines 37-43). And Joy Parfum is a masterpiece (line 12). So it’s a fair assumption that the author thinks a masterpiece perfume is just as important as a great sculpture.
- Let’s not go too far. The author only said that Joy Parfum is a masterpiece. It’s possible for an era to produce multiple masterworks. There may have been an even more important perfume than Joy Perfume. If I say “Jane is a wonderful person” it doesn’t mean I think she’s the best person in the world.
- I was tempted by this, but there’s no evidence for it. The passage doesn’t say that anyone seeks out Joy Parfum. All we know is that art experts (who presumably have refined taste) do not seek out Joy Parfum (lines 10-12).
So we have zero evidence to suggest any group tends to like or dislike Joy Parfum, since no one appears to be seeking it out.
- The author never said what Joy Perfum’s formula was like, or if other perfumes of the same era had similar formulas.
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