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Altius Test 1 CARS passage 1 Main Idea?
Sané_3436
#1 Posted : Wednesday, June 24, 2020 5:49:00 AM
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Hi! Did anyone else have a hard time understanding the first passage of the first full-length Altius exam? It is the one on Soviet Musicology. I have read it a few times now and am still having a hard time forming a main idea.

Does anyone who read this passage have a well-formed Main Idea to help give me a better sense of this passage? Or does anyone have any tips for really dissecting a passage like this? Even when I read it after I took the test without any time constraints I was still having a hard time understanding it and forming a main idea. I am usually able to form a good main idea in my other CARS practice but I'm afraid a passage like this might show up on test day.

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#2 Posted : Friday, June 26, 2020 4:06:04 PM
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I did a quick look at that passage, and I think it would be a good example of a time where a T spectrum would help you. The author is comparing those musical genres, pre and post soviet. He also uses a key word "consequently", which tells you there is a consequence to his own idea..... so think of the idea that preceded that, then CONSEQUENTLY, and the idea that comes after.
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This passage is very difficult to read even after reading it a few times. I think this one is worth taking up during the workshop or Q/A period. There is no way I could finish this passage within an acceptable time if it came up on the real test. I would just skip it, guess and move on!
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#4 Posted : Tuesday, June 30, 2020 6:52:55 PM
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Some further ideas to help you in your analysis:

I think there were two ideas being contrasted: 1) That the Soviet musicologists were censoring historical music; and 2) that they were trying to influence the current and future composition of music. Some key ideas I found in each paragraph:

Paragraph 1 - a discussion of the rehabilitation of pre-1917 music. To understand this paragraph, I think you would need to think about the Russian revolution, which happened in 1917. So, the author is describing a revision of the history of Russian music pre-1917, so that it reflected Socialist ideals

Paragraph 2 - By the 1930s, this new Soviet music was described as National and popular, and we're told that Soviet states were using art as an educational tool ---in the context of Soviet ideals, this would mean using art as a tool to control the people. AS A CONSEQUENCE (the author uses the word consequently), this became the model for the Soviet composers

Paragraph 3 - Defines the job of the musicologists to 1) revise the composers of the past; and 2) present models for future composers

Paragraph 4 - talks more about contextualization of past composers --- to me, this seemed like the context was Soviet ideals, and the contextualization really meant censorship.

So, paragraph 1 discusses censoring older music, paragraph 2 discusses providing a model for current and future composers, then these concepts become more concrete in the 3rd and 4th paragraph.
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Thank you Meaghan!!!
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