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Muriel: I admire Favilla’s novels, but she does not deserve

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Muriel: I admire Favilla’s novels, but she does not deserve to be considered a great writer. The point is that, no matter how distinctive her style may be, her subject matter is simply not varied enough.

John: I think you are wrong to use that criterion. A great writer does not need any diversity in subject matter; however, a great writer must at least have the ability to explore a particular theme deeply.

John’s statements commit him to which one of the following position?
(A) Even if the subject matter in Favilla’s writings is not particularly varied, she should not thereby be excluded from being considered a great writer.
(B) Even if Favilla cannot explore any particular theme deeply in her writings, she should not thereby be excluded from being considered a great writer.
(C) If Favilla has explored some particular theme exceptionally deeply in her writings, she deserves to be considered a great writer.
(D) If the subject matter in Favilla’s writings were exceptionally varied, she would not deserve to be considered a great writer.
(E) If Favilla’s writings show no evidence of a distinctive style, she does not deserve to be considered a great writer.
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Muriel: I admire Favilla’s novels, but she does not deserve to be considered a great writer. The point is that, no matter how distinctive her style may be, her subject matter is simply not varied enough.

John: I think you are wrong to use that criterion. A great writer does not need any diversity in subject matter; however, a great writer must at least have the ability to explore a particular theme deeply.

John’s statements commit him to which one of the following position?
(A) Even if the subject matter in Favilla’s writings is not particularly varied, she should not thereby be excluded from being considered a great writer.
(B) Even if Favilla cannot explore any particular theme deeply in her writings, she should not thereby be excluded from being considered a great writer.
(C) If Favilla has explored some particular theme exceptionally deeply in her writings, she deserves to be considered a great writer.
(D) If the subject matter in Favilla’s writings were exceptionally varied, she would not deserve to be considered a great writer.
(E) If Favilla’s writings show no evidence of a distinctive style, she does not deserve to be considered a great writer.


It should be C.

(A) Even if the subject matter in Favilla’s writings is not particularly varied, she should not thereby be excluded from being considered a great writer. - This would be the best of the rest choice. Muriel stated Favilla's writing is not varied enough. The key aspect missing here is John's assertion that an author must have the ability to explore a subject deeply.

(B) Even if Favilla cannot explore any particular theme deeply in her writings, she should not thereby be excluded from being considered a great writer. - It goes against John's point of view.

(C) If Favilla has explored some particular theme exceptionally deeply in her writings, she deserves to be considered a great writer. - Favilla meets the minimum criteria set for a great author in John's mind. - Correct.

(D) If the subject matter in Favilla’s writings were exceptionally varied, she would not deserve to be considered a great writer. - Out of Scope. Nowhere does John say that great authors do not vary their writing. Muriel is against calling Favilla a great author and John is against that assertion, i.e. he is 'for' classifying Muriel as a great author.

(E) If Favilla’s writings show no evidence of a distinctive style, she does not deserve to be considered a great writer. - Muriel is against calling Favilla a great author and John's position is opposite of that. This is straying way out of scope.
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