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# Book Review: When I read a novel set in a city I know well,

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Book Review: When I read a novel set in a city I know well, [#permalink]  20 Jan 2007, 05:24
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Book Review: When I read a novel set in a city I know well, I must see that the writer knows the city as well as I do if I am to take that writer seriously. If the writer is faking, I know immediately and do not trust the writer. When a novelist demonstrates the required knowledge, I trust the story teller, so I trust the tale. This trust increases my enjoyment of a good novel. Peter Leeâ€™s second novel is set in San Francisco, in this novel, as in his first, Lee passes my test with flying colors.
Which one of the following can be properly inferred from the passage?

(A) The book reviewer enjoys virtually any novel written by a novelist whom she trusts.
(B) If the book reviewer trusts the novelist as a storyteller, the novel in question must be set in a city the book reviewer knows well.
(C) Peter Leeâ€™s first novel was set in San Francisco.
(D) The book reviewer does not trust any novel set in a city that she does not know well.
(E) The book reviewer does not believe that she knows San Francisco better than Peter Lee does.
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I think the answer is E.

The author of the argument enjoys the novel, when the novel writer knows about a city more than he does.
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Can you tell me why B is wrong.
If W -> well known city
T -> trust
Then the line
If the writer is faking, I know immediately and do not trust the writer
means
~W -> ~T
and the line
When a novelist demonstrates the required knowledge, I trust the story teller, so I trust the tale
means
W -> T
Considering the above two relations doesn't T -> W as stated by B??...
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vineetgupta wrote:
Can you tell me why B is wrong.
If W -> well known city
T -> trust
Then the line
If the writer is faking, I know immediately and do not trust the writer
means
~W -> ~T
and the line
When a novelist demonstrates the required knowledge, I trust the story teller, so I trust the tale
means
W -> T
Considering the above two relations doesn't T -> W as stated by B??...

(B) is a wrong answer choice because it is too broad (the words "must be" should set off alarm bells). Note that the question is qualified by the words "When I read a novel set in a city I know well," so the logic that follows only applies in those situations, not universally.
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E

If you something as well as I do then we at least have equal knowledge about the thing in question.
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vineetgupta wrote:
Can you tell me why B is wrong.
If W -> well known city
T -> trust
Then the line
If the writer is faking, I know immediately and do not trust the writer
means
~W -> ~T
and the line
When a novelist demonstrates the required knowledge, I trust the story teller, so I trust the tale
means
W -> T
Considering the above two relations doesn't T -> W as stated by B??...

choice b

If the book reviewer trusts the novelist as a storyteller, the novel in question must be set in a city the book reviewer knows well.

this is not write because the argument goes one way....the novel in question must be set in a city the book reviewer knows well---- the book reviewer trusts the novelist as a storyteller

in choice B,the argument goes the other way.
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