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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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01 Mar 2010, 12:33
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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.
This is stated in the sentence but its doesnt summarize the whole para.
(B) Johnson’s use of the dash in his text of Dickinson’s poetry misleads readers about the poet’s intentions.
This best summarizes as the Johnson;s use of dash misleads readers - as Johnson used dash to mark punctuation which might mislead the readers.
(C) Because Dickinson never expected her poetry to be published, virtually any attempt at editing it must run counter to her intentions.
THis is not stated in the passage. It just says that by marking punctuation with '-', casual mode of phoetic phrasing is never expected to see in print by dickenson
(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.
This is not stated anywhere in the passage
(E) Dickinson’s editors, including Johnson, have failed to deal adequately with the problem of deciphering Dickinson’s handwritten manuscripts

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02 Mar 2010, 09:04
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02 Mar 2010, 22:15
Will go with A since it summarizes the main point.

It cannot be B since it does not say anything about the other author's who distorted the meaning of Dickinson's poetry.

C - DOes not talk about the punctuations that introduce ambiguity in the published poetry.

D - Out of Scope since thoroughness is not what is mentioned in the original passage.

E - We are dealing with the punctuation of manuscripts not the manuscripts themselves.

Hence 'A' IMO...

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03 Mar 2010, 16:10
IMO A
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03 Mar 2010, 23:00
IMO A.

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04 Mar 2010, 01:59
Should be A as it captures the main purpose of the passage.
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OA is (B).
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04 Apr 2010, 23:20
Yep B.
A is problematic because it discusses "equally serious distortion". The text has not assigned seriousness to anyone's fault.
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