Unlike other forms of narrative art , a play, to be successful, must give pleasure to its immediate audience by reflecting the concerns and values of that audience. A novel can achieve success over months or even years, but a play must be a hit or perish, Successful drama of the Restoration period, therefore, in a good index to the typical tastes and attitudes of its time.
The author of the above passage assumes that
A) plays written for restoration audiences do not appeal to modern audiences.
B) plays are superior to novels as a form of narrative art
C) Restoration audiences were representative of the whole population of their time
D) playgoers and novel readers are typically distinct and exclusive groups.
E) Restoration drama achieved popular success at the expense of critical success.
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