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# Compared with the time period of John Steiback's The Grapes

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Compared with the time period of John Steiback's The Grapes of Wrath, the poor of today would be considered wealthy.

A. Compared with the time period of John Steiback's The Grapes of Wrath

B. Compared with the time period during which John Steiback's The Grapes of Wrath took place

C. Compared with the characters in John Steiback's The Grapes of Wrath

D. In comparison to the time of John Steiback's The Grapes of Wrath

E. In comparison to John Steiback's The Grapes of Wrath
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06 May 2012, 07:51
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The comparison is between the poor of John’s time (or the characters belonging to the poor in that novel) and the poor of the day. C is the only one that talks of such a comparison. All others compare John’s time with the poor
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06 May 2012, 09:18
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malkov wrote:
Compared with the time period of John Steiback's The Grapes of Wrath, the poor of today would be considered wealthy.

A. Compared with the time period of John Steiback's The Grapes of Wrath
B. Compared with the time period during which John Steiback's The Grapes of Wrath took place
C. Compared with the characters in John Steiback's The Grapes of Wrath
D. In comparison to the time of John Steiback's The Grapes of Wrath
E. In comparison to John Steiback's The Grapes of Wrath

Could help to explain the right answer?

Topic tested is COMPARISON.
Compared to X, Y is one of the correct constructions.
In comparison to and in comparison with are also correct construction.

But the key in comparison questions is to check if the elements compared in the question can be compared.

A. Compared with the time period of John Steiback's The Grapes of Wrath : time vs people : incorrect
B. Compared with the time period during which John Steiback's The Grapes of Wrath took place : time vs people : incorrect
C. Compared with the characters in John Steiback's The Grapes of Wrath people(character) vs people : CORRECT
D. In comparison to the time of John Steiback's The Grapes of Wrath : time vs people : incorrect
E. In comparison to John Steiback's The Grapes of Wrath : book vs people : incorrect
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07 May 2012, 01:04
Thank you, dvinoth86, very clear explanation, it helps.
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07 May 2012, 14:33
malkov wrote:
Compared with the time period of John Steiback's The Grapes of Wrath, the poor of today would be considered wealthy.

A. Compared with the time period of John Steiback's The Grapes of Wrath
B. Compared with the time period during which John Steiback's The Grapes of Wrath took place
C. Compared with the characters in John Steiback's The Grapes of Wrath
D. In comparison to the time of John Steiback's The Grapes of Wrath
E. In comparison to John Steiback's The Grapes of Wrath

Could help to explain the right answer?

Hello
Here it goes
the question is testing the idoms : compare with versus compare to and logical comparison
the today poors and the poors in the time of the Grapes of wrath
compare with is for similarities and compared to for differences
hence we can eliminate D and E
B is very wordy and heavy
A is wrong because it compare the poor of today with the time of John S

only C compare the poor of today with the Characters of of the Grapes of wrath

Hope this helps

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28 Feb 2018, 15:21
The comparison is only done properly in C.
characters in John Steiback's The Grapes of Wrath vs the poor of today
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20 Apr 2018, 01:52
Don't always use idiom as a split to make answer choices; look at the context.
What is compared to what? Something has to be equivalent the poor (who are people)
Here, only characters are the proper comparison, hence answer choice (C).
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05 Jan 2019, 10:26
malkov wrote:
Compared with the time period of John Steiback's The Grapes of Wrath, the poor of today would be considered wealthy.

A. Compared with the time period of John Steiback's The Grapes of Wrath

B. Compared with the time period during which John Steiback's The Grapes of Wrath took place

C. Compared with the characters in John Steiback's The Grapes of Wrath

D. In comparison to the time of John Steiback's The Grapes of Wrath

E. In comparison to John Steiback's The Grapes of Wrath

KAPLAN OFFICIAL EXPLANATION:

In standard English, only similar things can be compared. So "the poor" can be compared only with other people, including fictional characters, (C). People cannot be compared with a "time period," as in (A) and (B); or with a "time," as in (D); or with "a .. . book," as in (E). So: "Compared with the characters in John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, the poor of today would be considered wealthy."
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