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# Many critics of Emily Brontë’s novel Wuthering Heights see its second

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New Project RC Butler 2019 - Practice 2 RC Passages Everyday
Passage # 210, Date : 16-Jul-2019
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Many critics of Emily Brontë’s novel Wuthering Heights see its second part as a counter-point that comments on, if it does not reverse, the first part, where a romantic reading receives more confirmation. Seeing the two parts as a whole is encouraged by the novel’s sophisticated structure, revealed in its complex use of narrators and time shifts. Granted that the presence of these elements need not argue for an authorial awareness of novelistic construction comparable to that of Henry James, their presence does encourage attempts to unify the novel’s heterogeneous parts. However, any interpretation that seeks to unify all of the novel’s diverse elements is bound to be somewhat unconvincing. This is not because such an interpretation necessarily stiffens into a thesis (although rigidity in any interpretation of this or of any novel is always a danger),but because Wuthering Heights has recalcitrant elements of undeniable power that, ultimately, resist inclusion in an all encompassing interpretation. In this respect, Wuthering Heights shares a feature of Hamlet.

Spoiler: :: OA
D

1. According to the passage, which of the following is a true statement about the first and second parts of Wuthering Heights?

A. The second part has received more attention from critics.
B. The second part has little relation to the first part.
C. The second part annuls the force of the first part.
D. The second part provides less substantiation for a romantic reading.
E. The second part is better because it is more realistic.

Spoiler: :: OA
B

2. Which of the following inferences about Henry James’s awareness of novelistic construction is best supported by the passage?

A. James, more than any other novelist, was aware of the difficulties of novelistic construction.
B. James was very aware of the details of novelistic construction.
C. James’s awareness of novelistic construction derived from his reading of Brontë.
D. James’s awareness of novelistic construction has led most commentators to see unity in his individual novels.
E. James’s awareness of novelistic construction precluded him from violating the unity of his novels.

Spoiler: :: OA
B

3. The author of the passage would be most likely to agree that an interpretation of a novel should

A. not try to unite heterogeneous elements in the novel
B. not be inflexible in its treatment of the elements in the novel
C. not argue that the complex use of narrators or of time shifts indicates a sophisticated structure
D. concentrate on those recalcitrant elements of the novel that are outside the novel’s main structure
E. primarily consider those elements of novelistic construction of which the author of the novel was aware

Spoiler: :: OA
B

(For Practice purpose, this question is fine it has only 3 answer options)

4. The author of the passage suggests which of the following about Hamlet?

A. Hamlet has usually attracted critical interpretations that tend to stiffen into theses.
B. Hamlet has elements that are not amenable to an all-encompassing critical interpretation.
C. Hamlet is less open to an all-encompassing critical interpretation than is Wuthering Heights.

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Many critics of Emily Brontë’s novel Wuthering Heights see its second part as a counter-point that comments on, if it does not reverse, the first part, where a romantic reading receives more confirmation. Seeing the two parts as a whole is encouraged by the novel’s sophisticated structure, revealed in its complex use of narrators and time shifts. Granted that the presence of these elements need not argue for an authorial awareness of novelistic construction comparable to that of Henry James, their presence does encourage attempts to unify the novel’s heterogeneous parts. However, any interpretation that seeks to unify all of the novel’s diverse elements is bound to be somewhat unconvincing. This is not because such an interpretation necessarily stiffens into a thesis (although rigidity in any interpretation of this or of any novel is always a danger),but because Wuthering Heights has recalcitrant elements of undeniable power that, ultimately, resist inclusion in an all encompassing interpretation. In this respect, Wuthering Heights shares a feature of Hamlet.

1. According to the passage, which of the following is a true statement about the first and second parts of Wuthering Heights?

A. The second part has received more attention from critics.
B. The second part has little relation to the first part.
C. The second part annuls the force of the first part.
D. The second part provides less substantiation for a romantic reading.
E. The second part is better because it is more realistic.

sol A more attention . eliminate no where stated
B little relation. eliminate as second part use to counter point the first
C eliminate. no where stated or can ve infered that it annuled or weaken the 1st part
D correct. as second part counterpoint the first part which mention romantic reading. thus 2nd part will be less or not at allof romantic reading

2. Which of the following inferences about Henry James’s awareness of novelistic construction is best supported by the passage?

A. James, more than any other novelist, was aware of the difficulties of novelistic construction.
B. James was very aware of the details of novelistic construction.
C. James’s awareness of novelistic construction derived from his reading of Brontë.
D. James’s awareness of novelistic construction has led most commentators to see unity in his individual novels.
E. James’s awareness of novelistic construction precluded him from violating the unity of his novels.

sol:
see where has been james mentioned
it state about james as " comparable authorial awareness of novelistic construction" which b clearly state. so correct ans is B

3. The author of the passage would be most likely to agree that an interpretation of a novel should

A. not try to unite heterogeneous elements in the novel
B. not be inflexible in its treatment of the elements in the novel
C. not argue that the complex use of narrators or of time shifts indicates a sophisticated structure
D. concentrate on those recalcitrant elements of the novel that are outside the novel’s main structure
E. primarily consider those elements of novelistic construction of which the author of the novel was aware
SOL:
we can clearly eliminate OPTION c,d,e. now we are left with a and b.
though A is mentioned in the passage but it is in respect with this novel not in general
and option B is stated in general for every novel . so i will be more inclined toward B

4. The author of the passage suggests which of the following about Hamlet?

A. Hamlet has usually attracted critical interpretations that tend to stiffen into theses.
B. Hamlet has elements that are not amenable to an all-encompassing critical interpretation.
C. Hamlet is less open to an all-encompassing critical interpretation than is Wuthering Heights.

sol:
see last line.clearly hint toward B
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Many critics of Emily Brontë’s novel see its second part as a counter-point that comments on if it does not reverse, the first part, where a romantic reading receives more confirmation.

The Emily Bronte novel, which is one of the pinnacles in terms of literature of her era nineteenth century is basically viewed into two parts: the second almost reverse what the first part of the novel narrates. The second is more romantic. From this, we could infer that the first is not that much. BTW here at Project Gutenberg the novel which is quite beautiful https://www.gutenberg.org/files/768/768-h/768-h.htm

Seeing the two parts as a whole is encouraged by the novel’s sophisticated structure, revealed in its complex use of narrators and time shifts.

The structure of the book is complex and the structure itself suggests us frame the same novel through the lens of a unique frame. I.E we need to view the novel as a whole. To spot the unitarian picture. Notice for instance how the structure is complex due to several elements such as time shifts

Granted that the presence of these elements need not argue for an authorial awareness of novelistic construction comparable to that of Henry James, their presence does encourage attempts to unify the novel’s heterogeneous parts.

This is probably the most convoluted sentence to address in its meaning. The presence of these elements is not so extreme that we do need an "authorial awareness" . Nonetheless, we need to address the novel, once again, as a whole

However, any interpretation that seeks to unify all of the novel’s diverse elements is bound to be somewhat unconvincing.

Shift in the argument due to the word "However". Even though the right way to follow is to unify the different elements of the novel to obtain a complete yet clear wide-breath view, this effort MAYBE is a waste of time

This is not because such an interpretation necessarily stiffens into a thesis (although rigidity in any interpretation of this or of any novel is always a danger),

Why perhaps this is wrong ?? Well, it is wrong NOT THAT MUCH because this process leads us to crystallize or freeze making rigid our process and turns out this could bring us to a bias position (in fact manage any novel in this way is dangerous)

but because Wuthering Heights has recalcitrant elements of undeniable power that, ultimately, resist inclusion in an all-encompassing interpretation.

BUT BECAUSE the novel is so powerful, so wild, the writing itself is so energetic that try to contain it in a unified yet single frame does not work. Think this banal example: In the movie, Jurassic park did the scientist contained the T-Rex into a fence ?' no way because the dinosaur was indeed SO POWERFUL. Nature overcame any obstacles. The novel by Bronte is this of a kind. In fact, it is one of the spotlight of the literature in the entire human history

In this respect, Wuthering Heights shares a feature of Hamlet.

This is like a side note: there is a similarity between Bronte's novel and the Hamlet: the wilderness

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17 Jul 2019, 05:49
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1. According to the passage, which of the following is a true statement about the first and second parts of Wuthering Heights?

A. The second part has received more attention from critics.
B. The second part has little relation to the first part.
C. The second part annuls the force of the first part.
D. The second part provides less substantiation for a romantic reading.
E. The second part is better because it is more realistic.

Imo D
A Incorrect. Second part has not received more attention than first part.
B Incorrect It is related to first part. Read the following lines carefully"Many critics of Emily Brontë’s novel Wuthering Heights see its second part as a counter-point that comments on, if it does not reverse, the first part, where a romantic reading receives more confirmation. "
C No it does not annual the first part.
D correct
E Irrelevant

2. Which of the following inferences about Henry James’s awareness of novelistic construction is best supported by the passage?

A. James, more than any other novelist, was aware of the difficulties of novelistic construction.
B. James was very aware of the details of novelistic construction.
C. James’s awareness of novelistic construction derived from his reading of Brontë.
D. James’s awareness of novelistic construction has led most commentators to see unity in his individual novels.
E. James’s awareness of novelistic construction precluded him from violating the unity of his novels.

Imo B
Granted that the presence of these elements need not argue for an authorial awareness of novelistic construction comparable to that of Henry James, their presence does encourage attempts to unify the novel’s heterogeneous parts.
A Incorrect. There is no comparison.
B Correct.
C there is no casual relationship.
D No such thing in the passage.
E Out of scope.

3. The author of the passage would be most likely to agree that an interpretation of a novel should

A. not try to unite heterogeneous elements in the novel
B. not be inflexible in its treatment of the elements in the novel
C. not argue that the complex use of narrators or of time shifts indicates a sophisticated structure
D. concentrate on those recalcitrant elements of the novel that are outside the novel’s main structure
E. primarily consider those elements of novelistic construction of which the author of the novel was aware

Imo B
However, any interpretation that seeks to unify all of the novel’s diverse elements is bound to be somewhat unconvincing. This is not because such an interpretation necessarily stiffens into a thesis (although rigidity in any interpretation of this or of any novel is always a danger),
A is wrong. Passage does not say that rather it says do no be rigid.
B is correct.
C there is no link to passage.
D Irrelevant
E No such observation.

4. The author of the passage suggests which of the following about Hamlet?

A. Hamlet has usually attracted critical interpretations that tend to stiffen into theses.
B. Hamlet has elements that are not amenable to an all-encompassing critical interpretation.
C. Hamlet is less open to an all-encompassing critical interpretation than is Wuthering Heights.

Imo B
A is incorrect. There is no information
B correct.
C there is no comparison.
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06 Mar 2019, 17:58
I was unable to understand the para on an whole. Unfortunately, I was unable to get any of the questions correct either.
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Many critics of Emily Brontë’s novel Wuthering Heights see its second part as a counter-point that comments on, if it does not reverse, the first part, where a romantic reading receives more confirmation. Seeing the two parts as a whole is encouraged by the novel’s sophisticated structure, revealed in its complex use of narrators and time shifts. Granted that the presence of these elements need not argue for an authorial awareness of novelistic construction comparable to that of Henry James, their presence does encourage attempts to unify the novel’s heterogeneous parts. However, any interpretation that seeks to unify all of the novel’s diverse elements is bound to be somewhat unconvincing. This is not because such an interpretation necessarily stiffens into a thesis (although rigidity in any interpretation of this or of any novel is always a danger),but because Wuthering Heights has recalcitrant elements of undeniable power that, ultimately, resist inclusion in an all-encompassing interpretation. In this respect, Wuthering Heights shares a feature of Hamlet.
According to the passage, which of the following is a true statement about the
first and second parts of Wuthering Heights?

A The second part has received more attention from critics.
B The second part has little relation to the first part.
C The second part annuls the force of the first part.
D The second part provides less substantiation for a romantic reading.
E The second part is better because it is more realistic.

Spoiler: :: OA
D

Which of the following inferences about Henry James’s awareness of novelistic construction is best supported by the passage?

A James, more than any other novelist, was aware of the difficulties of novelistic construction.
B James was very aware of the details of novelistic construction.
C James’s awareness of novelistic construction derived from his reading of Brontë.
D James’s awareness of novelistic construction has led most commentators to see unity in his individual novels.
E James’s awareness of novelistic construction precluded him from violating the unity of his novels.

Spoiler: :: OA
B

The author of the passage would be most likely to agree that an interpretation of a novel should

A not try to unite heterogeneous elements in the novel
B not be inflexible in its treatment of the elements in the novel
C not argue that the complex use of narrators or of time shifts indicates a sophisticated structure
D concentrate on those recalcitrant elements of the novel that are outside the novel’s main structure
E primarily consider those elements of novelistic construction of which the author of the novel was aware

Spoiler: :: OA
B

The author of the passage suggests which of the following about Hamlet?

A Hamlet has usually attracted critical interpretations that tend to stiffen into theses.
B Hamlet has elements that are not amenable to an all-encompassing critical interpretation.
C Hamlet is less open to an all-encompassing critical interpretation than is Wuthering Heights.
Spoiler: :: OA
B

Can someone please help in understanding how the answer for 3rd question is B. I have answered it as A, however now I realize that A is trap answer but looking for explanation on why B is the right answer.
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01 Jun 2020, 21:56

Can you pls share meaning/brief of what mentioned in the passage. I find such a short passage very difficult. These type of passage incorporate too many words/idea in a few lines.
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11 Jun 2020, 06:41
Thanks a lot for elaborating the passage. I did help me. Thanks!
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