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Critic: A novel cannot be of the highest quality unless most readers become emotionally engaged with the imaginary world it describes. Thus shifts of narrative point of view within a novel, either between first and third person or of some other sort, detract from the merit of the work, since such shifts tend to make most readers focus on the author.

Which one of the following is an assumption necessary for the critic’s conclusion to be properly drawn?

(A) Most readers become emotionally engaged with the imaginary world described by a novel only if the novel is of the highest quality.
(B) A novel is generally not considered to be of high quality unless it successfully engages the imagination of most readers.
(C) Most readers cannot become emotionally involved with a novel’s imaginary world if they focus on the author.
(D) Most readers regard a novel’s narrative point of view as representing the perspective of the novel’s author.
(E) Shifts in narrative point of view serve no literary purpose.
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Re: Critic: A novel cannot be of the highest quality unless most [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2014, 02:30
can someone explain,why its not E?
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Re: Critic: A novel cannot be of the highest quality unless most [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2014, 03:17
I'm no Verbal expert.. but will try to explain.. took me some time also to get hang of this Qs.

Critic: A novel cannot be of the highest quality unless most readers become emotionally engaged with the imaginary world it describes. Thus shifts of narrative point of view within a novel, either between first and third person or of some other sort, detract from the merit of the work, since such shifts tend to make most readers focus on the author.

Which one of the following is an assumption necessary for the critic’s conclusion to be properly drawn?

(A) Most readers become emotionally engaged with the imaginary world described by a novel only if the novel is of the highest quality.
(B) A novel is generally not considered to be of high quality unless it successfully engages the imagination of most readers.
(C) Most readers cannot become emotionally involved with a novel’s imaginary world if they focus on the author.
(D) Most readers regard a novel’s narrative point of view as representing the perspective of the novel’s author.
(E) Shifts in narrative point of view serve no literary purpose.

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A-- Is irrelevant as it is mentioned in the argument that if readers get emotionally attached, then we can say novel is of highest quality...it's not other way round..we can't say readers can only become emotionally engaged with novel if novel is of highest quality. Hence discarded.

B--- Is also not the ans. as it doesn't provide any new info, one of chars of assumption. It states info already stated in argument.

C-- Correct. This choice helps explain the missing link between premises and conclusion. If shift in narrative point of view is causing focus on author and not letting the readers get emotionally attached with novel, the novel will be considered of low quality.

D--- Tricky and got me. But not right ans. Even if readers don't regard a novel’s narrative point of view as representing the perspective of the novel’s author, it doesn't mean they can't get emotionally attached with the novel. There's no logical connection between focus of readers on point of view of author and emotional connection. Hence, this is also wrong.

E-- Although it's a new info, we can't assume this. Trying a simple negation test, even if shifts in narrative point of view does serve a purpose, it doesn't talk about the effect on readers. Argument is stating how this shift is hampering the readers to get emotionally attached with novel and not talking about whether this shift in narrative point of view is good/bad or required/not required. Hence, this choice goes out of scope of this Qs.

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Re: Critic: A novel cannot be of the highest quality unless most [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2014, 03:46
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Sorry guys but if you picked E is perhaps the worst scenarion for this question.

Why ?? simply becasue is the choise the most distant from home.

E Shifts in narrative point of view serve no literary purpose.

Analyzing the phrase: first of all is too extreme i.e. NO literary purpose

Secondly, we have no information in the stimulus to assert that. The critical point of the argument is a reader that is distracted and doesn't have a full immersion in the story.

No where is mentioned what E says

Thirdly, in a more general way: who says that ?? even considering our experience from the outside world is almost impossible that something written have no purpose, much less a shift in some argument that we are reading.

For instance: I like X for this reason. However, ......and bla bla bla. this is a shift right ?? and also have a reason for that ?? right ?? so a shift has always a sort of meaning of why ??

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