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08 Nov 2004, 22:52
I don't have the OA for this but would like to know the answer.

A mixture of poems and short fiction, Jean Toomerâ€™s Cane has been called one of the three best novels ever written by Black Americansâ€”the others being Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man.

a)Black Americansâ€”the others being Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man

b)Black Americansâ€”including Native Son by Richard Wright and Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

c)a Black Americanâ€”including Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man

d)a Black Americanâ€”the others being Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man

e)a Black Americanâ€”the others being Richard Wrightâ€™s Native Son and Ralph Ellisonâ€™s Invisible Man

I personally thought C was the answer.
'a' is required. So elimiate a and b.Being is not prefered in GMAT, so eliminate D and E. Please let me know what you think is correct.
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09 Nov 2004, 01:00
I'll go with E.. we are comparing books firstly and not the authors, secondly, the parallelism is extasblished only through E....the apostrophe needs to be used everywhere...
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09 Nov 2004, 03:18
I think (B) is the answer.

D, E can be excluded since "one of the three best novels ever written by "
must followed by a plural.

then, comparing A,B, (B) uses "including" so it is correct
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09 Nov 2004, 05:31
I am between C & E.
C because there is no "being"
E because it ensures perfect //ism.

But we know that //ism is more important to ets than gerund use so I would choose E
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09 Nov 2004, 07:13
I would go with D on this one
A and B are out because we need singular determinant "a"; it is written by one American
C is out because by inserting a present participle, it seems as if "a black American" includes Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison... Furthermore, why use the hyphen as a line-break? Not good to me.
Between D and E, I prefer D because what comes after the line-break, hyphen it is, should relate to the noun preceding it. Hence, the enumeration of names properly relates to Jean Toomer, a black American.
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09 Nov 2004, 08:59
ruhi160184 wrote:
I'll go with E.. we are comparing books firstly and not the authors, secondly, the parallelism is extasblished only through E....the apostrophe needs to be used everywhere...

This is my reasoning as well. E should be it
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09 Nov 2004, 12:57
agree with E. Novel/those books are being compared/talked about. E will have this construction..

A mixture of poems and short fiction, Jean Toomerâ€™s Cane has been called one of the three best novels ever written by a Black Americanâ€”the others being Richard Wrightâ€™s Native Son and Ralph Ellisonâ€™s Invisible Man
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09 Nov 2004, 16:14
I think its E as well.

The "others" should compare books and not authors...
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09 Nov 2004, 19:35
Yes, after re-reading it I concede that it is E
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