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Novelists cannot become great as long as they remain in academia

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Novelists cannot become great as long as they remain in academia. Powers of observation and analysis, which schools successfully hone, are useful to the novelist, but an intuitive grasp of the emotions of everyday life can be obtained only by the kind of immersion in everyday life that is precluded by being an academic.

Which one of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

(A) Novelists require some impartiality to get an intuitive grasp of the emotions of everyday life
(B) No great novelist lacks powers of observation and analysis
(C) Participation in life, interspersed with impartial observation of life, makes novelists great
(D) Novelists cannot be great without an intuitive grasp of the emotions of everyday life
(E) Knowledge of the emotions of everyday life cannot be acquired by merely observing and analyzing life

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Novelists cannot become great as long as they remain in academia. Powers of observation and analysis, which schools successfully hone, are useful to the novelist, but an intuitive grasp of the emotions of everyday life can be obtained only by the kind of immersion in everyday life that is precluded by being an academic.

Which one of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

(A) Novelists require some impartiality to get an intuitive grasp of the emotions of everyday life
Irrelevant. No mention of impartiality .
(B) No great novelist lacks powers of observation and analysis
The emphasis is on 'intuitive grasp on life' and not on 'powers of observation and analysis".
The flow is from "intuitive grasp on life that can be obtained in everyday life" to " novelist cant become great if they remain in academia".
The conclusion is " novelist cant become great if they remain in academia". This conclusion can not follow from "No great novelist lacks powers of observation and analysis".
If we negate this option it becomes "Some novelists lack powers of observation and analysis." Still the conclusion i.e "novelist cant become great if they remain in academia" follows.
So option B cant be the assumption.
(C) Participation in life, interspersed with impartial observation of life, makes novelists great

No mention of impartial observation of life". Irrelevant.
(D) Novelists cannot be great without an intuitive grasp of the emotions of everyday life

Negate this option it becomes "novelists can become great without an intuitive grasp of the emotions of everyday life".
Intuitive grasp of emotions cant be obtained in academia. But novelists can still become great. The conclusion i.e "novelist cant become great if they remain in academia" can not follow.
(E) Knowledge of the emotions of everyday life cannot be acquired by merely observing and analyzing life

No mention of "merely observing and analyzing life". The passage talked about "Powers of observation and analysis,".
So option E is incorrect.
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