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Johnson is on firm ground when he asserts that the early editors of Dickinson’s poetry often distorted her intentions. Yet Johnson’s own, more faithful, text is still guilty of its own forms of distortion. To standardize Dickinson’s often indecipherable handwritten punctuation by the use of the dash is to render permanent a casual mode of poetic phrasing that Dickinson surely never expected to see in print. It implies that Dickinson chose the dash as her typical mark of punctuation when, in fact, she apparently never made any definitive choice at all.
Which of the following best summarizes the author’s main point?
(A) Although Johnson is right in criticizing Dickinson’s early editors for their distortion of her work, his own text is guilty of equally serious distortions.
(B) Johnson’s use of the dash in his text of Dickinson’s poetry misleads readers about the poet’s intentions.
(C) Because Dickinson never expected her poetry to be published, virtually any attempt at editing it must run counter to her intentions.
(D) Although Johnson’s attempt to produce a more faithful text of Dickinson’s poetry is well-meaning, his study of the material lacks sufficient thoroughness.
(E) Dickinson’s editors, including Johnson, have failed to deal adequately with the problem of deciphering Dickinson’s handwritten manuscripts.
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2006, 18:10
Apart from this question can someone please give pointers what I should look for to fint the main point,I always end up getting the main point questions wrong in RC.
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2006, 18:15
B, it should be.
in A, the word 'serious' is too strong for an answer.
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2006, 19:04
I would still go with A.
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Mar 2006, 06:04
Whats wrong with E?
A stresses that Johnson is right in criticing.
B :Nothing is mentinoed or referred to as misleading.
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Mar 2006, 07:48
I go with B.

The passage says that

It implies that Dickinson chose the dash as her typical mark of punctuation when, in fact, she apparently never made any definitive choice at all - so this is what the author finally wants to say

suggesting that the answer here is B.
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2006, 19:47
OA is A
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2006, 06:37
harinder_sandhu wrote:
OA is A


I want to resurrect this thread because the OP is wrong. The OA is B. This question is from the 1000CR doc.
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2006, 10:20
Hmm... I would prefer A.

Could you please provide OE that explains B as the choice?
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2006, 20:26
Will go with A.

Clearly the author states that Johnson hinself is guilty of misrepresenting the works.
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2006, 19:21
Hi Guys,

Does everyone agree with the OA choice of B?
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2006, 20:06
I think that both A and B are correct. But (B) is hard to refute. A uses "serious distortions" which, IMO, is a bit extreme.
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2006, 20:45
So what is the answer?

I choose A... B might be implied but its not the main point..
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Re: CR-Author's Main Point [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2006, 08:07
I chose A too. But the OA authors can argue that there is nothing in the stimulus about the seriousness of Johnson's distortions. B ignores the first part of the passage but closer to the facts. so yes, it's apparently B. :(


harinder_sandhu wrote:
Johnson is on firm ground when he asserts that the early editors of Dickinson’s poetry often distorted her intentions. Yet Johnson’s own, more faithful, text is still guilty of its own forms of distortion. To standardize Dickinson’s often indecipherable handwritten punctuation by the use of the dash is to render permanent a casual mode of poetic phrasing that Dickinson surely never expected to see in print. It implies that Dickinson chose the dash as her typical mark of punctuation when, in fact, she apparently never made any definitive choice at all.
Which of the following best summarizes the author’s main point?
(A) Although Johnson is right in criticizing Dickinson’s early editors for their distortion of her work, his own text is guilty of equally serious distortions.
(B) Johnson’s use of the dash in his text of Dickinson’s poetry misleads readers about the poet’s intentions.
(C) Because Dickinson never expected her poetry to be published, virtually any attempt at editing it must run counter to her intentions.
(D) Although Johnson’s attempt to produce a more faithful text of Dickinson’s poetry is well-meaning, his study of the material lacks sufficient thoroughness.
(E) Dickinson’s editors, including Johnson, have failed to deal adequately with the problem of deciphering Dickinson’s handwritten manuscripts.

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 [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2006, 08:33
Which of the following best summarizes the author’s main point?
(A) Although Johnson is right in criticizing Dickinson’s early editors for their distortion of her work, his own text is guilty of equally serious distortions.
(B) Johnson’s use of the dash in his text of Dickinson’s poetry misleads readers about the poet’s intentions.
(C) Because Dickinson never expected her poetry to be published, virtually any attempt at editing it must run counter to her intentions.
(D) Although Johnson’s attempt to produce a more faithful text of Dickinson’s poetry is well-meaning, his study of the material lacks sufficient thoroughness.
(E) Dickinson’s editors, including Johnson, have failed to deal adequately with the problem of deciphering Dickinson’s handwritten manuscripts.

"B" is only a part of this stimulus. It doesnot include the first couple of sentences in its conclusion. "E" may be a little misleading, but since the use of "Failed" is an extreme, it can be ruled out in a GMAT test. "A" seems to fit well in all the aspects, even though, it may not be the "Perfect" answer. We only want the best answer.
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