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Serious novelists start writing because of a desire to create a work

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

The explanation offered above for the view authors hold of bestsellers assumes that


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

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

C. a novelist can produce a bestseller without having already produced great literature

D. serious novelists believe that those novelists who produce bestsellers must not have aimed at producing a work of art

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

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

The explanation offered above for the view authors hold of bestsellers assumes that


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

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

C. a novelist can produce a bestseller without having already produced great literature

D. serious novelists believe that those novelists who produce bestsellers must not have aimed at producing a work of art

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


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The correct answer is choice (D). The question asks us to state an assumption of the argument. The conclusion of the argument is that when a novel becomes a bestseller,
other authors do not regard it as great literature. The premise is that serious novelists write because of a desire to create a work of art, and the argument assumes that one cannot simultaneously create a work of art and a bestseller.

Answer choices (A) and (B) are out of the scope of the argument; we are told nothing about solitude or envy. Choice (C) is also out of the scope; we are not talking about the entire works of an author, but one book. Furthermore, we are not looking to support the argument. Answer choice (E) is also out of scope; the argument is concerned with books that become bestsellers, and not those that become great literature. This leaves (D), which is the assumption we were looking for.
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Serious novelists start writing because of a desire to create a work of art, and therefore they recognize as great literature the works of other novelists who achieve this goal. As a consequence, when a novel becomes a bestseller, the authors of other novels conclude that the bestseller is not truly great literature.

The explanation offered above for the view authors hold of bestsellers assumes that


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

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

C. a novelist can produce a bestseller without having already produced great literature

D. serious novelists believe that those novelists who produce bestsellers must not have aimed at producing a work of art

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


The right answer to this question is D. As with any CR assumption question, the focus should always start with identifying the conclusion and line of reasoning. In this case, the conclusion is that the authors of other novels conclude that the bestseller is not truly great literature. This reasoning is based on the premises that someone who produces great literature is looking to make a work of art. Hence, the conclusion only makes sense with the assumption that looking to make good art and making a bestseller are separate things.

Option A - Nothing is said in the stimulus about whether a best-seller or a great work must be created in solitude, so this cannot be a differentiating factor between the two.

Option B - Once again, nothing is really indicated about being envious or not. This answer is therefore, irrelevant.

Option C - This answer is a bit more tempting but there is a trap. The word "already" suggests that the great works produced would have to have happened before the bestseller. We are however, talking about the current work and trying to find a difference. This answer is therefore incorrect.

Option D - This option clearly outlines the difference in intention when trying to produce a bestseller or a great work of art. In doing so, it forms the bridge between the premises and conclusion, thereby being a valid assumption the conclusion rests on and the CORRECT answer.

Option E - This is rather the opposite of what we're going for, since it is other novelists calling out the best-seller to begin with. This option therefore doesn't make sense and can be eliminated.

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