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8. The passage provides information to answer each of the following questions EXCEPT:

(A) Did Ellison himself enjoy jazz?
(B) What themes in Invisible Man were influenced by themes prevalent in jazz?: Can't we treat individuality and uniqueness and openness as themes which were common in Jazz and the Invisible Man.
(C) What was Ellison’s response to criticism concerning the thematic blend in Invisible Man?
(D) From what literary tradition did some of the ideas explored in Invisible Man come?
(E) What kind of music did some jazz musicians use in creating their works?


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8. The passage provides information to answer each of the following questions EXCEPT:

Difficulty Level: 750

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Ellison had a “love for…jazz” (line 31) in answer to (A), and the words “He replied” in line 20 confirm that the rest of paragraph 2 answers (C)’s question.

The answer to (D) is “from both European and African American traditions,” and that’s supplied by lines 39-41 and 47-49. The same lines that confirmed (C) as correct in question 5, lines 32-37, address (E)’s query. But as we noted in discussing wrong choice (E) in that same question, the author uses jazz to illuminate Invisible Man but never asserts that jazz consciously influenced its author, so (B) is the question that goes unanswered.

Answer: B
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HASTOWINGMAT wrote:
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8. The passage provides information to answer each of the following questions EXCEPT:

(A) Did Ellison himself enjoy jazz?
(B) What themes in Invisible Man were influenced by themes prevalent in jazz?: Can't we treat individuality and uniqueness and openness as themes which were common in Jazz and the Invisible Man.
(C) What was Ellison’s response to criticism concerning the thematic blend in Invisible Man?
(D) From what literary tradition did some of the ideas explored in Invisible Man come?
(E) What kind of music did some jazz musicians use in creating their works?



Hi,

I think jazz is mentioned in the passage by the author just to create an analogy. The author says that if critics want to understand the essence of the novel, they can consider Jazz as an example.
So in short, the novel "invisible man" is not "influenced" by jazz (this is a stretch and nowhere supported by the passage). Jazz is just used to draw a similarity by the author and to show that if we need to understand the essence of this novel, we can consider Jazz and it's relationship with the theme of individuality, community, etc..

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Pls summarize the whole passage . I can't understand anything
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Pls summarize the whole passage . I can't understand anything


Summary

Paragraph 1:
"Invisible Man," published in 1952, explores themes of African American history and individual identity, blending them with ideas from European writers. Ellison faced criticism for prioritizing individual concerns over political action and for using European literary styles, seen as hindering the development of African American novelistic style.

Paragraph 2:
Ellison rejects the criticism that writers should sacrifice their individuality for political or cultural purposes, arguing against cultural segregation in the arts. He believes artists have unique perspectives and audiences can view the world from different angles.

Paragraph 3:
Ellison's love for jazz offers a model for understanding "Invisible Man." Jazz incorporates various influences, similar to Ellison's blending of themes, and expresses African American culture. He avoids imitation and artistic isolation by exploring identity and character issues.

Paragraph 4:
Jazz's structure, with solos rooted in the band's rhythm section, mirrors the relationship between the artist and the community in "Invisible Man." Ellison's exploration of European and African American ideas pays homage to his predecessors, alleviating the protagonist's sense of alienation. Despite physical isolation, the protagonist remains connected to the community through their cultural heritage.
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Took 17.5 mins 7/8 correct
Got the 2nd question wrong.

Not sure if the time i took was reasonable.
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Re: Published in 1952, Invisible Man featured a protagonist whose activiti [#permalink]
My take on question 8

(A) Did Ellison himself enjoy jazz? - Yes, the passage mentions that Ellison had a love for and celebration of jazz (line 31).

(B) What themes in Invisible Man were influenced by themes prevalent in jazz? - The passage suggests that like jazz musicians transforming European-influenced songs into unique pieces that express African American culture, Ellison also explored themes of identity and character (lines 39-40).

(C) What was Ellison’s response to criticism concerning the thematic blend in Invisible Man? - Ellison defended his work by arguing against the idea of cultural segregation in the arts and asserting the importance of individual expression (lines 19-28).

(D) From what literary tradition did some of the ideas explored in Invisible Man come? - The passage mentions that Ellison explored themes that were also covered by many European writers (lines 6-7).

(E) What kind of music did some jazz musicians use in creating their works? - The passage mentions that some jazz musicians were able to take the European-influenced songs of U.S. theater and transform them into unique and personal musical pieces that also express African American culture (lines 33-35).

However, the passage does not provide an answer to:

(B) What themes in Invisible Man were influenced by themes prevalent in jazz? The passage suggests a parallel between Ellison's approach to literature and the approach of jazz musicians, but it doesn't specify which themes in Invisible Man were directly influenced by themes prevalent in jazz.­
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