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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 Dickinsons poetry often distorted her intentions. Yet Johnsons own, more faithful, text is still guilty of its own forms of distortion. To standardize Dickinsons 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 authors main point?

(A) Although Johnson is right in criticizing Dickinsons early editors for their distortion of her work, his own text is guilty of equally serious distortions.

(B) Johnsons use of the dash in his text of Dickinsons poetry misleads readers about the poets 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 Johnsons attempt to produce a more faithful text of Dickinsons poetry is well-meaning, his study of the material lacks sufficient thoroughness.

(E) Dickinsons editors, including Johnson, have failed to deal adequately with the problem of deciphering Dickinsons handwritten manuscripts.

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02 Feb 2009, 23:12
Is it A?
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02 Feb 2009, 23:27
kbulse wrote:
Johnson is on firm ground when he asserts that the early editors of Dickinsons poetry often distorted her intentions. Yet Johnsons own, more faithful, text is still guilty of its own forms of distortion. To standardize Dickinsons 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 authors main point?

(A) Although Johnson is right in criticizing Dickinsons early editors for their distortion of her work, his own text is guilty of equally serious distortions.
(B) Johnsons use of the dash in his text of Dickinsons poetry misleads readers about the poets 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 Johnsons attempt to produce a more faithful text of Dickinsons poetry is well-meaning, his study of the material lacks sufficient thoroughness.

(E) Dickinsons editors, including Johnson, have failed to deal adequately with the problem of deciphering Dickinsons handwritten manuscripts.

explanations are welcome!

A is the best
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02 Feb 2009, 23:48
Another A........

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03 Feb 2009, 00:08
I will go with B. Johnson's text is flawed because he does not want to distort the text of original poet. However, the text of original poet has dash in handwriting, not to be used in the print.
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03 Feb 2009, 00:33
B is only a minor detail in the stimulus and therefore it cannot be the main point. When attacking main point questions ALWAYS put the main point in your own words (do not look at answer choices until you do so).
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03 Feb 2009, 00:35
I chose A as well, but OA is B

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03 Feb 2009, 00:40
kbulse wrote:
I chose A as well, but OA is B

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Source? B is impossible. Can someone justify why B is preferred over A?
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03 Feb 2009, 00:41
chicagocubsrule wrote:
kbulse wrote:
I chose A as well, but OA is B

Thanks to everyone

Source? B is impossible. Can someone justify why B is preferred over A?

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03 Feb 2009, 00:50
Johnson is on firm ground when he asserts that the early editors of Dickinsons poetry often distorted her intentions. Yet Johnsons own, more faithful, text is still guilty of its own forms of distortion. To standardize Dickinsons 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.

what does this word mean in this particular context???
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03 Feb 2009, 04:29
I am still confused b/w A & B..........
to me both look correct
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