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# Novelists cannot become great as long as they remain in academia. Powe

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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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24 Nov 2014, 12:22
THIS IS NOT A GMAT like QUESTION. AVOID THIS

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The argument is structured in the following way.

IGEL ---> ~RA
-----------------
NG ---> ~RA

(Notation Key: IGEL = intuitive grasp of the emotions of everyday life, RA = remain in academia, NG = novelist to become great)

Abstractly it looks like:

B ---> C
------------
A ---> C

The assumption being A --> B

And in the case of this question NG ---> IGEL, perfectly stated in answer choice (D). Notice that if a condition in the conclusion appears as a sufficient condition, then in the evidence it too must appear as a sufficient condition. If a term appears as a necessary condition in the conclusion, then again, it must appear as a necessary condition in the evidence.

Hope that helps!

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26 Nov 2014, 06:29
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.

Why Can't E be the right answer...??

Here is my say:
immersion in everyday life (x) ----> intuitive grasp/knowledge of the emotions of everyday life (y)

For Assumptions or strengthen type question if X-->.Y then no other way leads to Y i.e. Z-/->Y and E fits well in that...!!!

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26 Nov 2014, 07:52
very very close call betwwen D and E .....though i ended up with D ......was very very confused with E as well....can someone give a detailed analysis to this pls????
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12 Jul 2015, 15:57
E is surely 2nd best choice and trap.

As for as CR is concerned, we need to bridge gap between Conclusion and premise. Our Conclusion is 'Novelists can't be great.. blah blah blah.' which is missing in E.

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20 Feb 2016, 14:40
very very close call betwwen D and E .....though i ended up with D ......was very very confused with E as well....can someone give a detailed analysis to this pls????

E is wrong since this is premise that is stated in the argument. And assumptions are never stated in the arguments. Moreover, if you negate choice E an argument doesn't collapse. Hope it is clear
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03 Apr 2016, 11:48
if we negate D, the argument falls apart. so D is the answer
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27 Oct 2016, 08:17
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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.

The answer choice D and E seems very close to each other. but option E says " Knowledge
of emotion.....................

but stimulus says " intuitive emotion
without the word intuitive, here the knowledge of emotion can be of any type.
That is why E is wrong

D clearly states this
Hence D is correct.
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07 Mar 2018, 06:47
Why is answer E not right?

Well, an assumption answer bridges the rogue elements in the argument by providing a NEW information. Here, the argument already has an assertion that "intuitive grasp of the emotions of everyday life can be obtained only by the kind of immersion in everyday life". The word "only" reinforces the fact that immersion in everyday life is the "only" way.

Answer choice E tries to restate the premise that Knowledge of the emotions of everyday life cannot be acquired by any other way as the "immersion is the only way".

This is like saying: A can be acquired only by B. Here, the answer choice E states that A cannot be acquired by C.

The answer choice D connects the elements:
To be great <-> intuitive knowledge of emotions of everyday life is required (precluded in academia)
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