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NS Verbal Practice book, section 1, Passage 6, Question 33.

Posted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 12:57 pm
by xoapryce
The explanation to this question states that the author talks about volume in Paragraph 1, however, I cannot decipher where. The paragraph is about musical instruments? If the author didn't explicitly use the word volume, am I expected to know musical jargon? Because I know none, and I have no idea where the author mentioned volume. Does "carrying the pitch" relate to volume?

Am I missing some content review that would be beneficial in assisting me with this passage?

Help pleaseeee

Re: NS Verbal Practice book, section 1, Passage 6, Question 33.

Posted: Sun Apr 12, 2020 2:00 am
by NS_Tutor_Mathias
Between the pianissimo which
almost reaches the limit where sound ceases and silence
begins, down to a range of formidable and terrifying power,
every degree of intensity can be obtained from this magical
instrument.
"Pianissimo" is quiet. And power output is a way describe the volume of the instrument (in a rather physically accurate way). I don't think you'd be expected to know the former, but the latter inference (that the power of the instrument being referenced is rather literal) may be fair game. You generally wouldn't be expected to be familiar with jargon, but you may be expected to know a few expressions and idiomatic uses of language, or to at least be able to decipher them from context.

(I do agree this isn't entirely fair. It does happen on AAMC material too, albeit rarely)