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Great comic art is never otherwordly, it does not seek to mystify us

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Great comic art is never otherwordly, it does not seek to mystify us, and it does not deny ambiguity by branding as evil whatever differs from good. Great comic artists assume that truth may bear all lights, and thus they seek to accentuate contradictions in social action, not gloss over or transcend them by appeals to extrasocial symbols of divine ends, cosmic purpose, or laws of nature. The moment of transcendence in great comic art is a social moment, born out of the conviction that we are human, even though we
try to be gods. The comic community to which artists address themselves is a community of reasoning, loving, joyful, compassionate beings, who are willing to assume the human risks of acting rationally. Without invoking gods or demons, great comic art arouses courage in reason, courage which grows out of trust in what human beings can do as humans.
1) The passage suggests that great comic art can be characterized as optimistic about the ability of humans to
a) rid themselves of pride
b) act rationally
c) transcend the human condition
d) differentiate clearly between good and evil
e) avoid social conflicts



2) It can be inferred from the passage that the author admires great comic artists primarily for their
a) ability to understand the frequently subtle differences between good and evil
b) ability to reconcile the contradictions in human behaviour
c) ability to distinguish between rational and irrational behaviour
d) insistence on confronting the truth about the human condition
e) insistence on condemning human faults and weaknesses



3) Which of the following is the most accurate description of the organization of the passage?
a) A sequence of observations leading to a prediction
b) A list of inferences drawn from facts stated at the beginning of the passage
c) A series of assertions related to one general subject
d) A statement of the major idea, followed by specific examples
e) A succession of ideas moving from specific to general



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Great comic art is never otherwordly, it does not seek to mystify us, and it does not deny ambiguity by branding as evil whatever differs from good. Great comic artists assume that truth may bear all lights, and thus they seek to accentuate contradictions in social action, not gloss over or transcend them by appeals to extrasocial symbols of divine ends, cosmic purpose, or laws of nature. The moment of transcendence in great comic art is a social moment, born out of the conviction that we are human, even though we
try to be gods. The comic community to which artists address themselves is a community of reasoning, loving, joyful, compassionate beings, who are willing to assume the human risks of acting rationally. Without invoking gods or demons, great comic art arouses courage in reason, courage which grows out of trust in what human beings can do as humans.
1) The passage suggests that great comic art can be characterized as optimistic about the ability of humans to
a) rid themselves of pride
b) act rationally
c) transcend the human condition
d) differentiate clearly between good and evil
e) avoid social conflicts



2) It can be inferred from the passage that the author admires great comic artists primarily for their
a) ability to understand the frequently subtle differences between good and evil
b) ability to reconcile the contradictions in human behaviour
c) ability to distinguish between rational and irrational behaviour
d) insistence on confronting the truth about the human condition
e) insistence on condemning human faults and weaknesses



3) Which of the following is the most accurate description of the organization of the passage?
a) A sequence of observations leading to a prediction
b) A list of inferences drawn from facts stated at the beginning of the passage
c) A series of assertions related to one general subject
d) A statement of the major idea, followed by specific examples
e) A succession of ideas moving from specific to general




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would love to hear a take on question 1 from workout or any other member/expert!

1) The passage suggests that great comic art can be characterized as optimistic about the ability of humans to- ABILITY OF HUMANS TO
a) rid themselves of pride-Opposite
b) act rationally-Correct, refer "The comic community to which artists address themselves is a community of reasoning, loving, joyful, compassionate beings, who are willing to assume the human risks of acting rationally..."
c) transcend the human condition-its not an optimism, its a harsh reality!
d) differentiate clearly between good and evil-nopes
e) avoid social conflicts-nopes



2) It can be inferred from the passage that the author admires great comic artists primarily for their
a) ability to understand the frequently subtle differences between good and evil-incorrect
b) ability to reconcile the contradictions in human behaviour-not reconciling
c) ability to distinguish between rational and irrational behaviour-not distinguishable
d) insistence on confronting the truth about the human condition-correct, , refer "Without invoking gods or demons, great comic art arouses courage in reason, courage which grows out of trust in what human beings can do as humans..."
e) insistence on condemning human faults and weaknesses-not condemning



3) Which of the following is the most accurate description of the organization of the passage?
a) A sequence of observations leading to a prediction-no prediction.
b) A list of inferences drawn from facts stated at the beginning of the passage-no inference drawn
c) A series of assertions related to one general subject-correct, assertions are indeed provided
d) A statement of the major idea, followed by specific examples-no specific examples
e) A succession of ideas moving from specific to general-no specific ideas moved to general


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1.Because of the use of the verb ‘suggests’, this is an ‘inference’ question, the key phrase being ‘optimistic about the ability of human to… The penultimate sentence says that comic artists ‘are willing to assume the human risks of acting rationally’. Obviously, they are optimistic that it is possible for human beings to act rationally.

So, (B) is the answer.

You may be tempted to make the mistake of choosing D, because the words ‘good’ and ‘evil’ are found in the first sentence. But what the first sentence means is that, for the comic artist, whatever differs from good is not evil or, in other words, he does not distinguish clearly between good and evil, because even something which is evil may contain some good.

2.This is also an ‘inference’ question, the key phrase being ‘the author admires great comic artists primarily for’. Every sentence in the passage is in praise of comic artist. But, in the sixth line, the author says, “…. The moment of transcendence in great comic art is born out of the conviction that we are human, though we try to be gods". The admiration of the author for great comic artists is therefore based primarily on their insistence on (or conviction about) the truth of the human condition.

So, (D) is the answer.

You can easily see that none of the other choices is mentioned as attributes of great comic artists.

3.This is a ‘Technique’ question, and should be answered by examining each answer choice and eliminating the inappropriate ones. Since there is no ‘prediction’ regarding comic art in the passage, (A) is wrong.

Each sentence in the passage stands by itself, and describes a fact about comic art and comic artists. The passage does not therefore form a ‘list of inferences’ based on a set of facts. So, (B) is also wrong.

(D) is wrong because no specific examples of comic artists are enumerated in the passage.

(E) is wrong because all the ideas in the passage are general in nature, and there is no transition of ideas from the specific to the general.

(C) is the best choice, because the passage contains a series of assertions about one general subject, namely, great comic art.

The difficult words in the passage are-
otherworldly (strange), mystify (puzzle), ambiguity (doubt), accentuate (emphasize), gloss over (disregard), transcend (go beyond), compassionate (sympathetic) and rationally(logically).
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OEs-

1.Because of the use of the verb ‘suggests’, this is an ‘inference’ question, the key phrase being ‘optimistic about the ability of human to… The penultimate sentence says that comic artists ‘are willing to assume the human risks of acting rationally’. Obviously, they are optimistic that it is possible for human beings to act rationally.

So, (B) is the answer.

You may be tempted to make the mistake of choosing D, because the words ‘good’ and ‘evil’ are found in the first sentence. But what the first sentence means is that, for the comic artist, whatever differs from good is not evil or, in other words, he does not distinguish clearly between good and evil, because even something which is evil may contain some good.

2.This is also an ‘inference’ question, the key phrase being ‘the author admires great comic artists primarily for’. Every sentence in the passage is in praise of comic artist. But, in the sixth line, the author says, “…. The moment of transcendence in great comic art is born out of the conviction that we are human, though we try to be gods". The admiration of the author for great comic artists is therefore based primarily on their insistence on (or conviction about) the truth of the human condition.

So, (D) is the answer.

You can easily see that none of the other choices is mentioned as attributes of great comic artists.

3.This is a ‘Technique’ question, and should be answered by examining each answer choice and eliminating the inappropriate ones. Since there is no ‘prediction’ regarding comic art in the passage, (A) is wrong.

Each sentence in the passage stands by itself, and describes a fact about comic art and comic artists. The passage does not therefore form a ‘list of inferences’ based on a set of facts. So, (B) is also wrong.

(D) is wrong because no specific examples of comic artists are enumerated in the passage.

(E) is wrong because all the ideas in the passage are general in nature, and there is no transition of ideas from the specific to the general.

(C) is the best choice, because the passage contains a series of assertions about one general subject, namely, great comic art.

The difficult words in the passage are-
otherworldly (strange), mystify (puzzle), ambiguity (doubt), accentuate (emphasize), gloss over (disregard), transcend (go beyond), compassionate (sympathetic) and rationally(logically).



Hi
in your explanation to OE 1, you have mentioned suggests = inference. Are there any more such key words or question statements by which we can come to know if it a inference question or a detail question ?

Also, in this particularly short passage i took 7 minutes and all questions were answered coorectly. Yet, I feel it should have taken me considerably lesser. What is your strategy for short passages like these . Do you even read ? Or you just skim read it once , try to grassp as much possible and hit the question , then scan the words ?

What I did was, Read the passage totally and comprehended 80% (took about 3 minutes, and then one and a half minute per question). What do you suggest ?

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