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08 Jul 2004, 04:06
Hi,

I stumbled on this question and it just pervades me.

A mixture of poems and short fiction, Jean Toomer’s Cane has been called one of the three best novels ever written by Black Americans—the others being Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man.

A. Black Americans—the others being Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man
B. Black Americans—including Native Son by Richard Wright and Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
C. a Black American—including Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man
D. a Black American—the others being Richard Wright, author of Native Son, and Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man
E. a Black American—the others being Richard Wright’s Native Son and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man

The answer key says the answer is B, explaining the need for parallelism and a plural for Black American as each of those novels were written by different folks. However, I find the part after the dash in B rather a fragmented and the parallelism crooked. I just sense the other should be E and think that as one refers to one of the three novels, hence the singular is alright, for Black American. Could someone explain?

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08 Jul 2004, 04:23
I totally disagree with B

E is the only acceptable choice for me. I strongly suspect that it is not the ETS question
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08 Jul 2004, 04:28
To me, (E) sounds good,

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08 Jul 2004, 05:08
I am choosing E because it maintains the sense of parallelism

A, C & D are ruled out because the others are books but not their aurhors.
B has 'including' coming after "-". In general, it should come after ",".

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Hi,

I stumbled on this question and it just pervades me.

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

The answer key says the answer is B, explaining the need for parallelism and a plural for Black American as each of those novels were written by different folks. However, I find the part after the dash in B rather a fragmented and the parallelism crooked. I just sense the other should be E and think that as one refers to one of the three novels, hence the singular is alright, for Black American. Could someone explain?

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08 Jul 2004, 06:47
I got B as my FA. However I neglected choice E, which looks much more better.
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08 Jul 2004, 07:09
B is clearly wrong.
"including", past participle is used as an adjective and gives extra information relating to "Black American". However, the information coming after "Black American" relates to Black American's books, not Black Americans themselves, or a part thereof. Hence, B is definitely wrong. I see nothing wrong with E which use the "hyphens" to relate Richard Wrightâ€™s Native Son and Ralph Ellisonâ€™s Invisible Man to the primary subject of the independent clause, Jean Toomerâ€™s Cane
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09 Jul 2004, 00:19
definitely B. "including...." is the modifier of "three best novels written...". However I prefer coma "," to "-".
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