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# In her 1929 classic A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf discusses the

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Re: In her 1929 classic A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf discusses the [#permalink]
Its_me_aka_ak wrote:
Plz explain Q3. IMO A was the answer as explicitly mentioned

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3. According to Woolf, each of the following would have been necessary for an Elizabethan woman to be a successful writer EXCEPT

Explanation

Analyze the question stem
This is a Detail EXCEPT question. Each incorrect answer will be supported by the passage, while the correct answer will not be supported.

Research

Woolf discusses the criteria for an Elizabethan woman to be a successful writer in the second paragraph. She "believed that writing requires a private place to do so—hence the title of her essay. She says that for an Elizabethan woman 'to have a room of her own, let alone a quiet room or a sound-proof room, was out of the question, unless her parents were exceptionally rich or very noble.'" But keep in mind that at the beginning of the passage, other requirements are implied in the case of Judith Shakespeare: "Scorned by her family and by society at large for attempting to become a professional writer, she ends her days in squalor and misery."

Make a prediction

The incorrect answers will encompass one or more of the ideas from the research. A successful Elizabethan female writer would need a quiet room, which could only be provided by wealth or nobility. She would also need the acceptance of her family and society as a writer. While no precise prediction can be made for the correct answer, it will not be included in Woolf's criteria for a successful Elizabethan female writer.

(B), while implied to be true of the fictional Judith Shakespeare, is not in Woolf's list of requirements to be a successful writer as a woman in Elizabethan England and so is the correct answer. (A) and (C) are both supported by the second paragraph, while (D) and (E) are strongly implied by the first.

TAKEAWAY: When answering a Detail question, be careful of distortions—trap answers that mention a fact given in the passage but in the wrong way.

O god. i feel really dumb and also funny how i miss the word EXCEPT and ended up marking wrong. Thanks for the review sir
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1. The author's main purpose in this passage is to

Explanation

Analyze the question stem

This is a Global question, asking for the author's main purpose in writing the passage.

Research

Review the purpose in the passage map.

Make a prediction

The correct answer will represent the author's ultimate purpose in writing: Woolf's idea is presented, potential evidence against her argument is raised, and the author presents additional evidence that supports the original idea. The correct answer must include the author's argument for acceptance of Woolf's thesis.

(E) paraphrases the prediction and is the correct answer. The first paragraph summarizes Woolf's idea. The second shows that while there is evidence that seems to contradict Woolf's thesis, that thesis is in fact sound.

While a woman needs financial independence to write, according to Woolf, explaining that need was what Woolf did; this is not the purpose of the passage. Eliminate (A).

The author does mention a feminist work from the 1920s—Woolf's A Room of One's Own—but does not discuss modern feminists, just modern scholarship, so (B) can be eliminated.

Of all the incorrect choices, (C) is perhaps the most tempting: the author does mention a failed writer in the first paragraph and a few successful ones in the second. But the failed writer mentioned, Judith Shakespeare, is a fictional character. Also, all these writers are supporting details: Judith Shakespeare is mentioned to explain Woolf's ideas, and the other writers are mentioned as potential evidence for and against her ideas. Describing the writers is not the point of the passage.

Injustice is discussed in the passage, but there are no suggestions for remedying it, so eliminate (D).

TAKEAWAY: If you've invested in a solid passage map, Global questions become points in your pocket.­

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Can explain how to eliminate C and D in Q2. ?
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RajdeepMajumdar wrote:
Can explain how to eliminate C and D in Q2. ?

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­2. The author's attitude toward Virginia Woolf could best be characterized as

Explanation

Analyze the question stem

This is an Inference question, asking for the author's attitude to Woolf based on the information in the passage.

Research

There is no specific part of the passage to research, so review the passage map for the big picture of the passage. Looks for clues to the author's attitude toward the subject.

Make a prediction

The author comes out in support of Woolf's thesis, so the correct answer will be positive. Predict that while the author recognizes there is evidence Woolf did not have and so her argument could have been stronger, the passage overall is a positive defense of Woolf's ideas.

(D) matches the prediction. The author of the passage discusses a possible criticism of Woolf's argument, but does not agree that it discredits that argument.

The conclusion is respectful of the continued value found in Woolf's thesis. The author is never disdainful of Woolf's ideas, so (A) can be eliminated.

While some skepticism is introduced in the second paragraph, the author ultimately rejects it as valid criticism of Woolf's thesis, so (B) is out.

(C) might be a tempting choice, but the author's acknowledgment of evidence against Woolf's thesis means the agreement is not wholly unqualified.

And while the author is respectful of Woolf's ideas, there is no indication that that respect is "boundless" or "reverential"—after all, the author considers potential counterexamples to Woolf's claim—so (E) can be eliminated.