Current feminist theory, in validating women's own stories of their experience, has encouraged scholars of women's history to view the use of women's oral narratives as the methodology, next to the use of women's written autobiography, that brings historians closest to the "reality" of women's lives. Such narratives, unlike most standard histories, represent experience from the perspective of women, affirm the importance of women's contributions, and furnish present-day women with historical continuity that is essential to their identity, individually and collectively.
Scholars of women's history should, however, be as cautious about accepting oral narratives at face value as they already are about written memories. Oral narratives are no more likely than are written narratives to provide a disinterested commentary on events or people. Moreover, the stories people tell to explain themselves are shaped by narrative devices and storytelling conventions, as well as by other cultural and historical factors, in ways that the storytellers may be unaware of. The political rhetoric of a particular era, for example, may influence women's interpretations of the significance of their experience. Thus a woman who views the Second World War as pivotal in increasing the social acceptance of women's paid work outside the home may reach that conclusion partly and unwittingly because of wartime rhetoric encouraging a positive view of women's participation in such work.
According to the passage, scholars of women's history should refrain from doing which of the following?
Relying on traditional historical sources when women's oral narratives are unavailable
Focusing on the influence of political rhetoric on women's perceptions to the exclusion of other equally important factors
Attempting to discover the cultural and historical factors that influence the stories women tell
Assuming that the conventions of women's written autobiographies are similar to the conventions of women's oral narratives
Accepting women's oral narratives less critically than they accept women's written histories
B选项：仅仅注重政治言论修辞对女性观点的影响而不注重其他等重要的因素。这个选项定位在“the stories people tell to explain themselves are shaped by narrative devices and storytelling conventions, as well as by other cultural and historical factors, in ways that the storytellers may be unaware of.”但是作者并没有说不注意到其他的因素可不可以。所以这个选项也不正确。
E选项：Correct. 接受口述的不像接受笔述的历史那样苛刻要求。定位在第一句话“Scholars of women's history should, however, be as cautious about accepting oral narratives at face value as they already are about written memories. ”。作者希望的是更加小心，即可以认为是要更加苛刻。所以该选项为正确选项。