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Nietzsche wrote the rough draft of ―The Case of Wagner‖ in Turin, duri

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Nietzsche wrote the rough draft of ―The Case of Wagner‖ in Turin, during the month ofMay 1888; he completed it in Sils Maria towards the end of June of the same year, and it
was published in the following autumn. ―Nietzsche contra Wagner‖ was written about the middle of December 1888 but, although it was printed and corrected before the New Year, it was not published until long afterwards owing to Nietzsche's complete breakdown in the first days of 1889.

In reading these two essays we are apt to be deceived, by their virulent and forcible tone, into believing that the whole matter is a mere cover for hidden fire, a mere blind of aesthetic discussion concealing a deep and implacable personal feud which demands and will have vengeance. In spite of all that has been said to the contrary, many people still hold this view of the two little works before us and, as the actual facts are not accessible to everyone, and as rumours are more easily believed than verified, the error of supposing that these pamphlets were dictated by personal animosity, and even by Nietzsche's envy of Wagner in his glory, seems to be a pretty common one.

Another very general error is to suppose that the point at issue here is not one concerning music at all, but concerning religion. It is taken for granted that the aspirations, the particular quality, the influence, and the method of an art like music, are matters quite distinct from the values and the conditions prevailing in the culture with which it is in harmony, and that however many Christian elements may be discovered in Wagnerian texts, Nietzsche had no right to raise aesthetic objections because he happened to entertain the extraordinary view that these Christian elements had also
found their way into Wagnerian music. To both of these views there is but one reply—they are absolutely false.
Q1) From the passage it can be inferred that the author viewed Nietzsche as:
A. A revengeful person
B. A deceitful individual
C. A misunderstood person
D. A literary genius
E. An envious person


Q2) Each of the following can be inferred from the passage EXCEPT:
A. The works of Nietzsche mentioned in the passage had a negative tone
B. According to some people Nietzsche envied Wagner
C. Nietzsche criticised Wagner for including religion in his texts
D. Wagner‘s literary works were not entirely devoid of Christian elements
E. A lot of people have, over the years, disagreed with the negative perception of Nietzsche created by his two works on Wagner


Q3) Why do some people continue to have a negative perception of Nietzsche with regards to his works mentioned in the passage?
A. They feel his language is very rude and demeaning
B. They have chosen to believe rumours rather than verify the facts for themselves
C. They have become biased by the personal animosity between Nietzsche and Wagner
D. They are against the mixing of music with religion
E. They found Nietzsche‘s comments blasphemous



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The passage begins with a mention of two literary works of Nietzsche and goes on to state that these works have been erroneously interpreted by many people leading to an incorrect perception of Nietzsche amongst the people

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Para 1 introduces two literary works of Nietzsche
Para 2 states one incorrect interpretation of these works – that they were motivated by Nietzsche‘s personal animosity towards Wagner
Para 3 states another incorrect interpretation of these works - that they are concerned more with religious issues than with music
Para 4 asserts that both these interpretations are false
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Q1) From the passage it can be inferred that the author viewed Nietzsche as:
A. A revengeful person
B. A deceitful individual
C. A misunderstood person
D. A literary genius
E. An envious person
From the last line of the passage it is clear that the author believes that people‘s negative view of Nietzsche‘s two works is incorrect, yet a lot of people seem to have this view. (C) follows best from this as the correct answer.
A – The author actually disagrees with this
B – Not stated by the author
D – The passage never mentions anything about Nietzsche‘s genius
E – Again this is the view of some people that the author does not agree with

Q2) Each of the following can be inferred from the passage EXCEPT:
A. The works of Nietzsche mentioned in the passage had a negative tone
B. According to some people Nietzsche envied Wagner
C. Nietzsche criticised Wagner for including religion in his texts
D. Wagner‘s literary works were not entirely devoid of Christian elements
E. A lot of people have, over the years, disagreed with the negative perception of Nietzsche created by his two works on Wagner
In the last line of the 3rd para the author states that Nietzsche actually pointed out that Christian elements had found their way into Wagnerian music and not Wagnerian texts (in which they were anyways present). Thus (C) cannot be inferred from the passage and is the correct answer.
A - The first line of the 2nd para states that these works had a virulent and forcible tone i.e. same as negative tone
B – Supported by the 2nd para of the passage
D – Supported by the last lines of the 3rd para
E – The 2nd para states that many people have a negative perception of Nietzsche ‘despite all that has been said to the contrary’. So obviously there have been people who have disagreed with the negative perception of Nietzsche

Q3) Why do some people continue to have a negative perception of Nietzsche with regards to his works mentioned in the passage?
A. They feel his language is very rude and demeaning
B. They have chosen to believe rumours rather than verify the facts for themselves
C. They have become biased by the personal animosity between Nietzsche and Wagner
D. They are against the mixing of music with religion
E. They found Nietzsche‘s comments blasphemous
The author clearly states in the 2nd para that despite enough having been said to the contrary, some people have chosen to believe the rumours about Nietzsche‘s dislike
towards Wagner. (B) follows best as the answer from this.
A – The passage never implies that Nietzsche‘s language was demeaning
C – The passage never states that there was personal animosity between Nietzsche and
Wagner, the people assumed this
D – The passage never mentions people‘s views on religion
E – Same as D

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