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# Serious novelists start writing because of a desire to

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Serious novelists start writing because of a desire to create a work of art and recognize as great literature the works of other novelists who achieve this goal. As a consequence, when a novel becomes a best-seller, the authors of other novels conclude that the best-seller is not truly great literature.

The explanation offered above for the view authors hold of best-sellers assumes that

work on a novel that the author hopes will be regarded as great literature must be undertaken in solitude

serious novelists tend not to view as great literature a novel produced by an author whose success they envy

a novelist can produce a best-seller without having already produced great literature

serious novelists believe that those novelists who produce best-sellers must not have aimed at producing a work of art

the claim of a novel to status as great literature cannot be evaluated by individuals who are not themselves serious novelists

Pls explain
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13 Jun 2009, 10:55
The argument states that Serious novelists create work of art and recognize other artist work as great literature.....Since the work of the author of the best selling novel is stated as not a work of art, it must be due to the serious novelists not considering them as great literature...This is most clearly stated in D....So D is the correct choice according to me....
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13 Jun 2009, 23:09
quite interesting.

will go for D. But E seems little tempting too but definitely weaker than option D.
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14 Jun 2009, 10:30
I agree with option 'D'.
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14 Jun 2009, 11:36
D it is. Clearly there is conflict here between best-selling literature and the literature that is a work of art. And this is clearly stated by D.

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27 Jun 2009, 17:08
D for me too.

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28 Jun 2009, 00:21
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Serious novelists start writing because of a desire to create a work of art and recognize as great literature the works of other novelists who achieve this goal. As a consequence, when a novel becomes a best-seller, the authors of other novels conclude that the best-seller is not truly great literature.

The explanation offered above for the view authors hold of best-sellers assumes that

Tricky CR. I too picked "D", but with some hesitation.

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Given: Serious novelist = write for works of art & can recognize other great novelists. If a novel is a best seller = not great literature.

Based on the given info, I would have guessed that the assumption is that if a work is a best seller, then the work (literature) is not good work.

Option D mirrored that response.

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28 Jun 2009, 01:09
OA: D
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01 Jul 2009, 18:58
I'm curious where the question is from, because it seems completely illogical (and badly written as well). There's an important distinction between intention and result, and the question confuses the two - it's a distinction that's discussed all the time in art criticism, the difference between a work's conception and a work's reception.

If something is an assumption in an argument, then it absolutely must be true to make the argument valid. Answer D is not necessarily required to make the conclusion valid; we don't need to assume that serious novelists believe that a bestselling author never intended to produce great literature. Instead, serious novelists they may think all authors try to produce great literature but that some fail, and instead sell a lot of books, and serious novelists, out of disdain for public opinion, might take a novel's bestselling status as prima facie evidence of the book's failure as great literature.

All of the answer choices are bad here.
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03 Jul 2009, 12:27
IanStewart wrote:
I'm curious where the question is from, because it seems completely illogical (and badly written as well). There's an important distinction between intention and result, and the question confuses the two - it's a distinction that's discussed all the time in art criticism, the difference between a work's conception and a work's reception.

If something is an assumption in an argument, then it absolutely must be true to make the argument valid. Answer D is not necessarily required to make the conclusion valid; we don't need to assume that serious novelists believe that a bestselling author never intended to produce great literature. Instead, serious novelists they may think all authors try to produce great literature but that some fail, and instead sell a lot of books, and serious novelists, out of disdain for public opinion, might take a novel's bestselling status as prima facie evidence of the book's failure as great literature.

All of the answer choices are bad here.

this question is from peterson CAT.
I have got a similar response to few other peterson test questions which i posted here.
Peterson tests are not worth the time and effort.
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23 Jul 2009, 02:10
peterson CAT.= waste of time.

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