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According to many critics, Shakespeare’s greatest gift to English

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According to many critics, Shakespeare’s greatest gift to English literature was the introduction of the evolving character, that is, one who changes throughout the course of the work by virtue of his or her own words and thoughts. King Lear and Hamlet are two fine examples. Often, this achievement is what critics cite as justification for dubbing Shakespeare the greatest writer in the English language. However, it is a little-known fact that Chaucer achieved this very effect some 200 years before, with his masterfully penned pilgrims Alisoun of Bath and the Pardoner.

Which of the following statements can best be inferred from the passage?
(A) Chaucer was the greatest English writer.
(B) Chaucer’s Alisoun and the Pardoner resemble Shakespeare’s Lear and Hamlet in more ways than one.
(C) If whoever introduced the evolving character deserves the title of “the greatest writer in English,” then Chaucer should hold that distinction.
(D) The only reason Chaucer is not considered the greatest writer in the English language is because he wrote in Middle, and not modern, English.
(E) “Greatest” is a term that cannot be applied to writers.

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Re: According to many critics, Shakespeare’s greatest gift to English  [#permalink]

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According to many critics, Shakespeare’s greatest gift to English literature was the introduction of the evolving character, that is, one who changes throughout the course of the work by virtue of his or her own words and thoughts. King Lear and Hamlet are two fine examples. Often, this achievement is what critics cite as justification for dubbing Shakespeare the greatest writer in the English language. However, it is a little-known fact that Chaucer achieved this very effect some 200 years before, with his masterfully penned pilgrims Alisoun of Bath and the Pardoner.

Which of the following statements can best be inferred from the passage?
(A) Chaucer was the greatest English writer.
(B) Chaucer’s Alisoun and the Pardoner resemble Shakespeare’s Lear and Hamlet in more ways than one.
(C) If whoever introduced the evolving character deserves the title of “the greatest writer in English,” then Chaucer should hold that distinction.
(D) The only reason Chaucer is not considered the greatest writer in the English language is because he wrote in Middle, and not modern, English.
(E) “Greatest” is a term that cannot be applied to writers.


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