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It would be expected that a novel by a figure as prominent as W. E. B.

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Passage # 427, Date: 02-Nov-2019
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It would be expected that a novel by a figure as prominent as W. E. B. DuBois would attract the attention of literary critics. Additionally, when the novel subtly engages the issue of race, as DuBois’ The Quest of the Silver Fleece (1911) does, it would be a surprise not to encounter an abundance of scholarly work about that text. But though valuable scholarship has examined DuBois’ political and historical thought, his novels have received scant attention. Perhaps DuBois the novelist must wait his turn behind DuBois the philosopher, historian, and editor. But what if the truth lies elsewhere: what if his novels do not speak to current concerns?

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C

1. Which of the following can be inferred from the passage regarding DuBois’ The Quest of the Silver Fleece?

A. The lack of attention devoted to The Quest of the Silver Fleece can be attributed to the fact that it was DuBois’ first novel.
B. Among DuBois’ novels, The Quest of the Silver Fleece is unusual in that it has received scant attention from scholars.
C. The Quest of the Silver Fleece has at least one feature that typically would attract the attention of literary scholars.
D. The Quest of the Silver Fleece, given its subtle exploration of race, is probably the best novel written by DuBois.
E. Much of the scholarly work that has focused on The Quest of the Silver Fleece has been surprisingly critical of it.


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D

2. In the fourth sentence (“Text in Red”), the author of the passage is most likely suggesting that

A. scholars will find that DuBois’ novels are more relevant to current concerns than is his work as philosopher, historian, and editor
B. more scholarly attention will be paid to The Quest of the Silver Fleece than to DuBois’ other novels
C. DuBois’ novels will come to overshadow his work as philosopher, historian, and editor
D. DuBois’ novels may eventually attract greater scholarly interest than they have to date
E. it will be shown that DuBois’ work as philosopher, historian, and editor had an important influence on his work as novelist.


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E

3. Which of the following best describes the central issue with which the passage is concerned?

A The perfunctoriness of much of the critical work devoted to DuBois’ novels
B The nature of DuBois’ engagement with the issue of race in The Quest of the Silver Fleece
C Whether DuBois’ novels are of high quality and relevant to current concerns
D The relationship between DuBois the novelist and DuBois the philosopher, historian, and editor
E The degree of consideration that has been given to DuBois’ novels, including The Quest of the Silver Fleece



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It would be expected that a novel by a figure as prominent as W. E. B. DuBois would attract the attention of literary critics. Additionally, when the novel subtly engages the issue of race, as DuBois’ The Quest of the Silver Fleece (1911) does, it would be a surprise not to encounter an abundance of scholarly work about that text. But though valuable scholarship has examined DuBois’ political and historical thought, his novels have received scant attention. Perhaps DuBois the novelist must wait his turn behind DuBois the philosopher, historian, and editor. But what if the truth lies elsewhere: what if his novels do not speak to current concerns?
Spoiler: :: OA
C

1. Which of the following can be inferred from the passage regarding DuBois’ The Quest of the Silver Fleece?

For this we need to refer to the below part of passage -
when the novel subtly engages the issue of race, as DuBois’ The Quest of the Silver Fleece (1911) does, it would be a surprise not to encounter an abundance of scholarly work about that text

If we have a look at the below options only Option C will match. Others are wrong because of the below mentioned reasons in
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A. The lack of attention devoted to The Quest of the Silver Fleece can be attributed to the fact that it was DuBois’ first novel. (No Information on first novel from passage. Hence Incorrect)
B. Among DuBois’ novels, The Quest of the Silver Fleece is unusual in that it has received scant attention from scholars. (It says the opposite of what the author of passage is expecting. See above mentioned part of passage. Hence Incorrect)
C. The Quest of the Silver Fleece has at least one feature that typically would attract the attention of literary scholars. (Correct)
D. The Quest of the Silver Fleece, given its subtle exploration of race, is probably the best novel written by DuBois. (No information on Best Novel from passage. Hence Incorrect)
E. Much of the scholarly work that has focused on The Quest of the Silver Fleece has been surprisingly critical of it.(No information on analysis of the scholarly work of the novelist. Hence Incorrect)


Spoiler: :: OA
D

2. In the fourth sentence (“Text in Red”), the author of the passage is most likely suggesting that

The text in RED - Perhaps DuBois the novelist must wait his turn behind DuBois the philosopher, historian, and editor. - seems to be said in a sarcastic view. So it should not make us believe that the novelist was also a philosopher, historian, and editor until otherwise explicitly stated in the passage.

A. scholars will find that DuBois’ novels are more relevant to current concerns than is his work as philosopher, historian, and editor(Not sure if he is anything else apart from a novelist. Sure his work has been evaluated by scholars but that seems to be due to his way of writing as per passage and his actual profession. Hence Incorrect)
B. more scholarly attention will be paid to The Quest of the Silver Fleece than to DuBois’ other novels (No Information on comparison of the two novels written by the novelist. Hence incorrect)
C. DuBois’ novels will come to overshadow his work as philosopher, historian, and editor (Same reasoning as A. Hence incorrect)
D. DuBois’ novels may eventually attract greater scholarly interest than they have to date(This could be true as his work is quite famous or becoming famous in between scholars and same is being acknowledged by the author through his sarcastic line mentioned in Red above. Hence Correct)
E. it will be shown that DuBois’ work as philosopher, historian, and editor had an important influence on his work as novelist.(Same reasoning as A. Hence incorrect)


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E

3. Which of the following best describes the central issue with which the passage is concerned?

Central issue here is definitely finding out the novelist's novels are being considered. Whether they are good to read as a novel or they can be evaluated as a scholarly work or a philosopher's word. The whole passage is around this topic only. Hence correct answer is E. Rest are wrong because of the following reasons in RED

A The perfunctoriness of much of the critical work devoted to DuBois’ novels. (I don't know what does 'perfunctoriness' means but the passage doe not at any point mention about the 'critical work devoted to DuBois’ novels'. Hence incorrect)
B The nature of DuBois’ engagement with the issue of race in The Quest of the Silver Fleece(No information on Nature of novelist's engagement with the issue of race is done in the para. Hence Incorrect)
C Whether DuBois’ novels are of high quality and relevant to current concerns(Quality of novel is not mentioned in the para. Hence incorrect)
D The relationship between DuBois the novelist and DuBois the philosopher, historian, and editor(Relationship between 'DuBois the novelist and DuBois the philosopher' not mentioned in the para. Hence Incorrect)
E The degree of consideration that has been given to DuBois’ novels, including The Quest of the Silver Fleece(Correct)


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Although DuBois’ The Quest of the Silver Fleece engages the issue of race, it is a surprise to not encounter an abundance of scholarly work about that text. Why DuBois’ novels received scant attention?

1. Which of the following can be inferred from the passage regarding DuBois’ The Quest of the Silver Fleece?

A. The lack of attention devoted to The Quest of the Silver Fleece can be attributed to the fact that it was DuBois’ first novel.- incorrect, we don't know whether The Quest of the Silver Fleece was DuBois' first novel and whether it being the first novel was the reason for scant attention
B. Among DuBois’ novels, The Quest of the Silver Fleece is unusual in that it has received scant attention from scholars.- incorrect;
Perhaps DuBois the novelist must wait his turn behind DuBois the philosopher, historian, and editor
C. The Quest of the Silver Fleece has at least one feature that typically would attract the attention of literary scholars.- Correct
It would be expected that a novel by a figure as prominent as W. E. B. DuBois would attract the attention of literary critics.
when the novel subtly engages the issue of race, as DuBois’ The Quest of the Silver Fleece (1911) does, it would be a surprise not to encounter an abundance of scholarly work about that text
D. The Quest of the Silver Fleece, given its subtle exploration of race, is probably the best novel written by DuBois.- incorrect, we don't know whether its probably the best DuBois novel
E. Much of the scholarly work that has focused on The Quest of the Silver Fleece has been surprisingly critical of it.- incorrect, we know it received scant attention of scholars but we don't know what the scholars think


2. In the fourth sentence (“Text in Red”), the author of the passage is most likely suggesting that
D. DuBois’ novels may eventually attract greater scholarly interest than they have to date- Correct, DuBois is renowned as philosopher, historian, and editor. Maybe in future, people might appreciate his works as a novelist too.

Perhaps DuBois the novelist must wait his turn behind DuBois the philosopher, historian, and editor.

3. Which of the following best describes the central issue with which the passage is concerned?
A The perfunctoriness of much of the critical work devoted to DuBois’ novels- incorrect, there is not much scholarly work on DuBois' novels
B The nature of DuBois’ engagement with the issue of race in The Quest of the Silver Fleece- incorrect
C Whether DuBois’ novels are of high quality and relevant to current concerns- incorrect, the passage talks about only one of his novels and its relevance is only posed a question in last line
D The relationship between DuBois the novelist and DuBois the philosopher, historian, and editor- incorrect, no such relationship is the central issue
E The degree of consideration that has been given to DuBois’ novels, including The Quest of the Silver Fleece- Correct
DuBois' novels, including The Quest of the Silver Fleece, have received scant attention despite expectations.
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2. In the fourth sentence (“Text in Red”), the author of the passage is most likely suggesting that

A. scholars will find that DuBois’ novels are more relevant to current concerns than is his work as philosopher, historian, and editor....current concerns follows the red text. This is not relevent. Moreover, whats relevant to scholars is not know by us.
B. more scholarly attention will be paid to The Quest of the Silver Fleece than to DuBois’ other novels. No other novels mentioned. Hence, cant infer. OUT
C. DuBois’ novels will come to overshadow his work as philosopher, historian, and editor. We dont know what will happen in future. Moreover, we cant conclude with the passage suggesting that his novels are much better than his historical/political writings.
D. DuBois’ novels may eventually attract greater scholarly interest than they have to date. Correct . Keywords in RED TEXT --- perhaps and EVENTUALLY point to future.
E. it will be shown that DuBois’ work as philosopher, historian, and editor had an important influence on his work as novelist. Not correct . No where mentioned in the passage how the novel has been brought up by DuBois'.
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