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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 Dickinson’s poetry often distorted her intentions. Yet Johnson’s own, more faithful, text is still guilty of its own forms of distortion. To standardize Dickinson’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 author’s main point?
(A) Although Johnson is right in criticizing Dickinson’s early editors for their distortion of her work, his own text is guilty of equally serious distortions.
(B) Johnson’s use of the dash in his text of Dickinson’s poetry misleads readers about the poet’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 Johnson’s attempt to produce a more faithful text of Dickinson’s poetry is well-meaning, his study of the material lacks sufficient thoroughness.
(E) Dickinson’s editors, including Johnson, have failed to deal adequately with the problem of deciphering Dickinson’s handwritten manuscripts.

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29 May 2007, 18:03
johnycute wrote:
Johnson is on firm ground when he asserts that the early editors of Dickinson’s poetry often distorted her intentions. Yet Johnson’s own, more faithful, text is still guilty of its own forms of distortion. To standardize Dickinson’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 author’s main point?
(A) Although Johnson is right in criticizing Dickinson’s early editors for their distortion of her work, his own text is guilty of equally serious distortions.
(B) Johnson’s use of the dash in his text of Dickinson’s poetry misleads readers about the poet’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 Johnson’s attempt to produce a more faithful text of Dickinson’s poetry is well-meaning, his study of the material lacks sufficient thoroughness.
(E) Dickinson’s editors, including Johnson, have failed to deal adequately with the problem of deciphering Dickinson’s handwritten manuscripts.

(A) Johnson is right or wrong is never emphasized.

(B) It implies that she had chosen dash as her permanent mark of punctuation, is misleading the readers indeed!

( C) Clearly out of scope!

(D) There is no such point raised by the author in the passage

(E) Author never mentions other editors who have failed to deal with handwritten manuscripts.

Thus the only choice is (B)

Hope this helps you!

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29 May 2007, 19:18
btw A n E,my take E
the author says none of the editors failed to CORRECTLY decipher the dickensons poetry.
~sara

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29 May 2007, 23:37
Thanks LM. OA is B.

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The problem here is the choice B is that there are far fetched assumptions.

First assumption is about the usage of dash being used by Johnson, which was never a part or inference from the passage.
Secondly, even if this assumption is accepted, there is another assumption that the readers will accept this and take liberty to get confused.

The question seems to be an assumption/inference question rather than a summary question. I have seen very few questions which deviate from the content as summary questions. Any takers.

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23 Dec 2008, 07:39
josh_nsit wrote:
The problem here is the choice B is that there are far fetched assumptions.

First assumption is about the usage of dash being used by Johnson, which was never a part or inference from the passage.
Secondly, even if this assumption is accepted, there is another assumption that the readers will accept this and take liberty to get confused.

The question seems to be an assumption/inference question rather than a summary question. I have seen very few questions which deviate from the content as summary questions. Any takers.

Good. This is a Kaplan problem... just ignore it because you wont see this crap on the exam.

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23 Dec 2008, 09:11
B.

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24 Dec 2008, 02:30
Hey but its nowhere written in the argument that johnson used dash instead Dickinson uses the dash (Dickinson’s often indecipherable handwritten punctuation by the use of the dash is to render permanent a casual mode of poetic phrasing ).

I think the answer has to be E

johnycute wrote:
Johnson is on firm ground when he asserts that the early editors of Dickinson’s poetry often distorted her intentions. Yet Johnson’s own, more faithful, text is still guilty of its own forms of distortion. To standardize Dickinson’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 author’s main point?
(A) Although Johnson is right in criticizing Dickinson’s early editors for their distortion of her work, his own text is guilty of equally serious distortions.
(B) Johnson’s use of the dash in his text of Dickinson’s poetry misleads readers about the poet’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 Johnson’s attempt to produce a more faithful text of Dickinson’s poetry is well-meaning, his study of the material lacks sufficient thoroughness.
(E) Dickinson’s editors, including Johnson, have failed to deal adequately with the problem of deciphering Dickinson’s handwritten manuscripts.

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01 Jan 2009, 04:13
it should be B
Why OA A?

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Re: Johnson is on firm ground when he asserts that the early [#permalink]

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21 Apr 2014, 05:21
Hi,,

I have completed my CR prepartion and I scored well in all CR practice questions. I was confident in CR until I solved this 1000 - CR from internet. For All these questions, my answer is different from the provided OA answer and it hurts my confidence level in CR .
Please let me know if I should trust these questions or ignore them. I have my exam scheduled in two weeks.

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