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Critic: Since returning to her home country after spending years abroad, the work of novelist Karen Bateman has lost its exotic edge and vibrant characters. Her books now deal with issues disappointingly familiar to her readership in this country. One almost wishes she would leave again in order to recapture the spark of her earlier work.

If the conclusion suggested by the critic's statement is justified, which of the following can be most fairly inferred?

A) The critic's opinion is shared by most of Bateman's readers.

B)Bateman's novels were at least partly autobiographically inspired

C)Bateman's home country is less exotic in its population and customs

D)There is little literary value in Bateman's work set in her own country

E)All of Bateman's earlier novels were set in foreign and exotic countries

Why not answer D?
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Re: Critic: Since returning to her home country [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2012, 01:31
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Critic: Since returning to her home country after spending years abroad, the work of novelist Karen Bateman has lost its exotic edge and vibrant characters. Her books now deal with issues disappointingly familiar to her readership in this country. One almost wishes she would leave again in order to recapture the spark of her earlier work.

If the conclusion suggested by the critic's statement is justified, which of the following can be most fairly inferred?

A) The critic's opinion is shared by most of Bateman's readers.

B)Bateman's novels were at least partly autobiographically inspired

C)Bateman's home country is less exotic in its population and customs

D)There is little literary value in Bateman's work set in her own country

E)All of Bateman's earlier novels were set in foreign and exotic countries

Why not answer D?


IMHO, none of the options are very good. Can go with B only because of the reason that it is the mildest. Not looking to nitpick but the question has a dangling modifier. The real GMAT to my knowledge would never allow that. D is wrong because the question statement only says that the books were disappointingly familiar to the readership in her country. That does not mean that the book lacks literary value.

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Re: Critic: Since returning to her home country [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2012, 02:38
A) The critic's opinion is shared by most of Bateman's readers: Incorrect. Out of scope.

B) Bateman's novels were at least partly autobiographically inspired: Correct. This must be true as per the argument.

C) Bateman's home country is less exotic in its population and customs: Incorrect. It might be true but not necessary to be true. May be Bateman don't think that the home country is exotic and is not inspired while others feels that the home country is exotic.

D) There is little literary value in Bateman's work set in her own country: Incorrect. Out of scope. Literary value is not there in the argument.

E) All of Bateman's earlier novels were set in foreign and exotic countries: Incorrect. It might be true but not necessarily.
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Re: Critic: Since returning to her home country after spending [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2013, 02:32
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Critic: Since returning to her home country after spending years abroad, the work of novelist Karen Bateman has lost its exotic edge and vibrant characters. Her books now deal with issues disappointingly familiar to her readership in this country. One almost wishes she would leave again in order to recapture the spark of her earlier work.

If the conclusion suggested by the critic's statement is justified, which of the following can be most fairly inferred?

A) The critic's opinion is shared by most of Bateman's readers.

B)Bateman's novels were at least partly autobiographically inspired

C)Bateman's home country is less exotic in its population and customs

D)There is little literary value in Bateman's work set in her own country

E)All of Bateman's earlier novels were set in foreign and exotic countries

Why not answer D?


The very first line in of the stimulus tells that the question is ill fated.
As per the stimulus, " Since returning to her home country after spending years abroad, the work of novelist ....", the work of novelist has spent years abroad and it is the work of novelist that is returning to her home country.
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Re: Critic: Since returning to her home country after spending [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2013, 07:02
How B is right? I could not understand the meaning of "autobiographically inspired". And, how it is right?

What is wrong with A?
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Re: Critic: Since returning to her home country after spending [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2013, 13:10
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Hello Ranjeet,

Hope I can help you with this one.

The critic mentions that works of Karen Bateman was well know for the its exotic locations and vibrant characters. However, it is said that she recently returned to her home country. Her work has now lost its charm for the people of her home country who find the content very recognizable. The critic suggests that she leave the country so that she can recapture her old style of writing.

This whole argument is based on the fact that the change has come due to the fact that her personal experiences and surroundings etc have changed. The critic assumes that if she leaves the country, her work might bring back its lost charm. Option B suggests exactly this. Here the term "autobiographically inspired" means that her work is inspired from personal experiences and life. An autobiography is written by someone describing his/her own life. Hence, this term means that her books are inspired from her personal experiences etc.

On the other hand. A states that the critic's opinion is shared by most of Bateman's readers. Can this be inferred based on the argument? No. The critic suggests that one feels she should leave the country. However, we cannot be sure of whether her readers might agree on this. Some might agree. However, can we say that most of her readers agree. The problem with this option mainly lies with the usage of "most". We cannot infer anything about the percenatge of her readers who share the critic's view. Hence, A can be eliminated.

Hope this helps. Let me know if you need any further clarification.

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How B is right? I could not understand the meaning of "autobiographically inspired". And, how it is right?

What is wrong with A?

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Re: Critic: Since returning to her home country after spending [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2014, 11:15
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Hello Ranjeet,

Hope I can help you with this one.

The critic mentions that works of Karen Bateman was well know for the its exotic locations and vibrant characters. However, it is said that she recently returned to her home country. Her work has now lost its charm for the people of her home country who find the content very recognizable. The critic suggests that she leave the country so that she can recapture her old style of writing.

This whole argument is based on the fact that the change has come due to the fact that her personal experiences and surroundings etc have changed. The critic assumes that if she leaves the country, her work might bring back its lost charm. Option B suggests exactly this. Here the term "autobiographically inspired" means that her work is inspired from personal experiences and life. An autobiography is written by someone describing his/her own life. Hence, this term means that her books are inspired from her personal experiences etc.

On the other hand. A states that the critic's opinion is shared by most of Bateman's readers. Can this be inferred based on the argument? No. The critic suggests that one feels she should leave the country. However, we cannot be sure of whether her readers might agree on this. Some might agree. However, can we say that most of her readers agree. The problem with this option mainly lies with the usage of "most". We cannot infer anything about the percenatge of her readers who share the critic's view. Hence, A can be eliminated.

Hope this helps. Let me know if you need any further clarification.

ranjeet75 wrote:
How B is right? I could not understand the meaning of "autobiographically inspired". And, how it is right?

What is wrong with A?


That was really neat, Kris! I just realized why B is the correct answer and was about to post my own version when I spotted yours.
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Critic: Since returning to her home country after spending [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2014, 11:19
B would make the most sense since in this case, since by the premise: "Since returning...home...after spending years abroad, ...[Bateman's work] has lost its exotic edge..."

This implies that Bateman retained the "exotic edge" in the works she wrote while she was abroad. However, since returning back home, that "exotic edge" is now gone.

Therefore, we can reasonably infer that her "exotic edge" was in some way derived from her own experiences while she was abroad.

D is unsupported as the stem makes no reference to "literary value."
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