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Serious novelists start writing because of a desire to create a work of art and recognize as great literature the works of other novelists who achieve this goal. As a consequence, when a novel becomes a best-seller, the authors of other novels conclude that the best-seller is not truly great literature.

The explanation offered above for the view authors hold of best-sellers assumes that

work on a novel that the author hopes will be regarded as great literature must be undertaken in solitude

serious novelists tend not to view as great literature a novel produced by an author whose success they envy

a novelist can produce a best-seller without having already produced great literature

serious novelists believe that those novelists who produce best-sellers must not have aimed at producing a work of art

the claim of a novel to status as great literature cannot be evaluated by individuals who are not themselves serious novelists
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26 Sep 2003, 20:24
will go with D.
Only if authors assume that best sellers are not written with a desrire tio create work of art, we can conclude that best sellers are not truly great literature.
Praet, in assumption questions, i always look out for a new concept/idea in the conclusion not previously mentioned in the passage. In this is case it is best-sellers not being works of art.
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26 Sep 2003, 22:31
agree with D. A nice advice to look for a new concept in a conclusion. Likewise, it is OK to check an assumption via negation. If such negation destroys a conclusion, you pick a right answer.

In this case, the negation would be: those novelists who produce best-sellers AIM at producing a work of art. But the gist of the conclusion says that best-sellers are not great literature. Clear contradiction.
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27 Sep 2003, 08:46
stolyar wrote:
agree with D. A nice advice to look for a new concept in a conclusion. Likewise, it is OK to check an assumption via negation. If such negation destroys a conclusion, you pick a right answer.

In this case, the negation would be: those novelists who produce best-sellers AIM at producing a work of art. But the gist of the conclusion says that best-sellers are not great literature. Clear contradiction.

D is correct.

Thanks for the tips.

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27 Sep 2003, 08:46
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