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Masterpieces of literature are "intertextual" [#permalink]
05 May 2003, 11:59
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Masterpieces of literature are “intertextual”; that is, they tend to be written in response not to reality but to to other works of literature. To the extent that a writing is intertextual, it becomes clouded as a mirror of social reality.
The statements above provide the most aupport for which of the following conclusions?
a. To the extent that a writing fails to mirror social reality, the writing is intertextual. b. The author who wishes to write a masterpiece should avoid being influenced by other works of literature. c. A writing that is not intertextual can have no significant relationship to any other writings. d. Literary masterpieces of the past are suspect as sources of information about the social reality of the past. e. A work of literature is not intertextual if it is written in response to a writing that accurately mirrors social reality.
Please provide a suitable explanation for your answer and rate the problem on scale of 1-5.
let's see i am trying to reason this.. may not be all that convincing as i am trying to prove the correct answer, correct and not justify fully that the correct answer indeed is the correct answer.
"E" I feel would not be the correct answer., As the stem asks for the CONCLUSION and not INFERENCE.
I feel conclusion is more of a logical flow of ideas rather than INFERENCE where you reason out the truth of a particular part of the statement.
If I say , NOT INTERTEXUAL since NOT CLOUDED MIRROR OF SOCIAL REALITY.
then it deals with a certain evidence in the argument.
The conclusion should be a logical flow so it should have agreed to whatver said in the argurment and then state something which may follow up from the premises but not necessarily always true.
I have tried my shot maybe you have to add more...
The primary thing although remains here, is one thing and i belive is the presence of mind while answering a question like this in the exam hall. One often gets perturbed and the feeling at that point of time is answer whichever feels good to your heart and mind, and wish that the answer you click be CORRECT.
To follow your heart is pretty questionable way to go. Especially for a nonnative speaker. CR has its own rules, as does PS. One of them is that of scope.
I agree that the conclusion goes from the stem; however, it should have the same limits. If the stem says about white dogs, we have to eliminate a conclusion that says about black dogs, or fat dogs, or all dogs, let alone cats. The conclusion should say about white dogs as well -- to keep the scope the same, neither wider, nor narrower.
The scope is usually defined via qualitative words, such as ALL, SOME, NO, ALWAYS, and so on.
Your example seems not to obey the rule. The stem says about ALL masterpieces of literature. The conclusion says about masterpieces of the PAST, making the scope narrower.
The author argues that "To the extent that a writing is intertextual, it becomes clouded as a mirror of social reality. " That is intertextual writing is not a good mirror of social reality.
Hence we can conclude that "Literary masterpieces of the past are suspect as sources of information about the social reality of the past"
The question stems clearly says when a writing is intertextual, it becomes clouded as a mirror of social reality. This is best represented in E where it says a work of literature is not intertexual if it accurately mirrors social reality.
D is not a good choice because it goes to say literary masterpieces of the past. No where in the question passage does it mention this observation is true for masterpieces of the past. In my opinion, D is too narrow to be a good answer.
"To the extent that a writing is intertextual, it becomes clouded as a mirror of social reality. "
Means More the writing is intertextual more clouded it is, as a mirror of social reality
The first statement states that literary master pieces are intertextual.
So the conclusion is that literary master pieces are not reliable sources of information about the past. So D is the best answer
E, which states 'e. A work of literature is not intertextual if it is written in response to a writing that accurately mirrors social reality.
basically gives the complement of the statement 'that intertextual literature is not a good source of information about social reality' which may or may not be the case due to other constraints...