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    [Help] Reading Comprehension

    Hello everybody,
    I'm very confused with this exam's example from GRE exam (source: https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_gene...mple_questions)

    The question is:
    Select the sentence that distinguishes two ways of integrating rock and classical music.

    Read the follow passage & answer that question
    Reviving the practice of using elements of popular music in classical composition, an approach that had been in hibernation in the United States during the 1960s, composer Philip Glass (born 1937) embraced the ethos of popular music in his compositions. Glass based two symphonies on music by rock musicians David Bowie and Brian Eno, but the symphonies' sound is distinctively his. Popular elements do not appear out of place in Glass's classical music, which from its early days has shared certain harmonies and rhythms with rock music. Yet this use of popular elements has not made Glass a composer of popular music. His music is not a version of popular music packaged to attract classical listeners; it is high art for listeners steeped in rock rather than the classics.

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    Question 3: Almost every sentence in the passage refers to incorporating rock music in classical compositions, but only the last sentence distinguishes two ways of doing so. It distinguishes between writing rock music in a way that will make it attractive to classical listeners and writing classical music that will be attractive to listeners familiar with rock. Thus the correct answer is the last sentence of the passage.
    I really don't understand after read again and again many times. Why the last sentence? What does "two ways" mean?
    Thank you very much

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    Re: [Help] Reading Comprehension

    Quote Originally Posted by kingtrn View Post
    Why the last sentence? What does "two ways" mean?
    Thank you very much
    "Select the sentence that distinguishes two ways of integrating rock and classical music."

    "Two ways" means one way, and another way.
    One way in which these can be distinguished is by "
    a version of popular music packaged to attract classical listeners."
    The second way is by producing "
    high art for listeners steeped in rock rather than the classics."

    Glass's work is not the first way. It is the second way.

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