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# Johnson is on firm ground when he asserts that the early

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Johnson is on firm ground when he asserts that the early editors of Dickinsonâ€™s poetry often distorted her intentions. Yet Johnsonâ€™s own, more faithful, text is still guilty of its own forms of distortion. To standardize Dickinsonâ€™s often indecipherable handwritten punctuation by the use of the dash is to render permanent a casual mode of poetic phrasing that Dickinson surely never expected to see in print. It implies that Dickinson chose the dash as her typical mark of punctuation when, in fact, she apparently never made any definitive choice at all.
Which of the following best summarizes the authorâ€™s main point?
(A) Although Johnson is right in criticizing Dickinsonâ€™s early editors for their distortion of her work, his own text is guilty of equally serious distortions.
(B) Johnsonâ€™s use of the dash in his text of Dickinsonâ€™s poetry misleads readers about the poetâ€™s intentions.
(C) Because Dickinson never expected her poetry to be published, virtually any attempt at editing it must run counter to her intentions.
(D) Although Johnsonâ€™s attempt to produce a more faithful text of Dickinsonâ€™s poetry is well-meaning, his study of the material lacks sufficient thoroughness.
(E) Dickinsonâ€™s editors, including Johnson, have failed to deal adequately with the problem of deciphering Dickinsonâ€™s handwritten manuscripts.
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23 Mar 2006, 19:10
Apart from this question can someone please give pointers what I should look for to fint the main point,I always end up getting the main point questions wrong in RC.
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23 Mar 2006, 19:15
B, it should be.
in A, the word 'serious' is too strong for an answer.
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23 Mar 2006, 20:04
I would still go with A.
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24 Mar 2006, 07:04
Whats wrong with E?
A stresses that Johnson is right in criticing.
B :Nothing is mentinoed or referred to as misleading.
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24 Mar 2006, 08:48
I go with B.

The passage says that

It implies that Dickinson chose the dash as her typical mark of punctuation when, in fact, she apparently never made any definitive choice at all - so this is what the author finally wants to say

suggesting that the answer here is B.
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25 Mar 2006, 20:47
OA is A
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27 Jun 2006, 07:37
harinder_sandhu wrote:
OA is A

I want to resurrect this thread because the OP is wrong. The OA is B. This question is from the 1000CR doc.
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27 Jun 2006, 11:20
Hmm... I would prefer A.

Could you please provide OE that explains B as the choice?
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27 Jun 2006, 21:26
Will go with A.

Clearly the author states that Johnson hinself is guilty of misrepresenting the works.
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21 Aug 2006, 20:21
Hi Guys,

Does everyone agree with the OA choice of B?
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21 Aug 2006, 21:06
I think that both A and B are correct. But (B) is hard to refute. A uses "serious distortions" which, IMO, is a bit extreme.
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21 Aug 2006, 21:45

I choose A... B might be implied but its not the main point..
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22 Aug 2006, 09:07
I chose A too. But the OA authors can argue that there is nothing in the stimulus about the seriousness of Johnson's distortions. B ignores the first part of the passage but closer to the facts. so yes, it's apparently B.

harinder_sandhu wrote:
Johnson is on firm ground when he asserts that the early editors of Dickinsonâ€™s poetry often distorted her intentions. Yet Johnsonâ€™s own, more faithful, text is still guilty of its own forms of distortion. To standardize Dickinsonâ€™s often indecipherable handwritten punctuation by the use of the dash is to render permanent a casual mode of poetic phrasing that Dickinson surely never expected to see in print. It implies that Dickinson chose the dash as her typical mark of punctuation when, in fact, she apparently never made any definitive choice at all.
Which of the following best summarizes the authorâ€™s main point?
(A) Although Johnson is right in criticizing Dickinsonâ€™s early editors for their distortion of her work, his own text is guilty of equally serious distortions.
(B) Johnsonâ€™s use of the dash in his text of Dickinsonâ€™s poetry misleads readers about the poetâ€™s intentions.
(C) Because Dickinson never expected her poetry to be published, virtually any attempt at editing it must run counter to her intentions.
(D) Although Johnsonâ€™s attempt to produce a more faithful text of Dickinsonâ€™s poetry is well-meaning, his study of the material lacks sufficient thoroughness.
(E) Dickinsonâ€™s editors, including Johnson, have failed to deal adequately with the problem of deciphering Dickinsonâ€™s handwritten manuscripts.

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22 Aug 2006, 09:33
Which of the following best summarizes the authorâ€™s main point?
(A) Although Johnson is right in criticizing Dickinsonâ€™s early editors for their distortion of her work, his own text is guilty of equally serious distortions.
(B) Johnsonâ€™s use of the dash in his text of Dickinsonâ€™s poetry misleads readers about the poetâ€™s intentions.
(C) Because Dickinson never expected her poetry to be published, virtually any attempt at editing it must run counter to her intentions.
(D) Although Johnsonâ€™s attempt to produce a more faithful text of Dickinsonâ€™s poetry is well-meaning, his study of the material lacks sufficient thoroughness.
(E) Dickinsonâ€™s editors, including Johnson, have failed to deal adequately with the problem of deciphering Dickinsonâ€™s handwritten manuscripts.

"B" is only a part of this stimulus. It doesnot include the first couple of sentences in its conclusion. "E" may be a little misleading, but since the use of "Failed" is an extreme, it can be ruled out in a GMAT test. "A" seems to fit well in all the aspects, even though, it may not be the "Perfect" answer. We only want the best answer.
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