Mashaal Masha
Henry Ossawa Tanner's 1893 painting The Banjo Lesson, which depicts an elderly man teaching a boy to play the banjo, is regarded as a landmark in the history of works by Black artists in the United States. Scholars should be cautious when ascribing political or ideological values to the painting, however: beliefs and assumptions that are commonly held now may have been unfamiliar to Tanner and his contemporaries, and vice versa. Scholars who forget this fact when discussing The Banjo Lesson therefore ________

Which choice most logically completes the text?
Difficulty: Hard
A: 

risk judging Tanner's painting by standards that may not be historically appropriate.

B: 

tend to conflate Tanner's political views with those of his contemporaries.

C: 

forgo analyzing Tanner's painting in favor of analyzing his political activity.

D: 

wrongly assume that Tanner's painting was intended as a critique of his fellow artists.

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