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Question:

Which of the following is the best summary sentence for the passage?

A (B) Despite their lack of formal training and their unorthodox approach to producing classical music, The Five had an influence that reached far beyond their time.
Explaination

Answer choice B, the second-to-last sentence in the passage, best summarizes the main point of the passage: that although The Five mightn't have had solid formal training, they influenced Russian music, and that influence extended beyond their own era. Answer choice A is too specific, and focuses on those who influenced rather than on the actual composers who made up The Five. Because it is the opening sentence of the passage, answer choice C is a good option. However, answer choice B get more to the heart of the topic. Answer choice C leaves out the formation about long-term influences, so it is not the best option for a summary sentence. Answer choice D focuses on only two of The Five, so it cannot be a summary statement for the entire passage.