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# The French novelist Colette (1873–1954) has been widely praised for th

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The French novelist Colette (1873–1954) has been widely praised for the vividness of her language. But many critics complain that her novels are indifferent to important moral questions. This charge is unfair. Each of her novels is a poetic condensation of a major emotional crisis in the life of an ordinary person of her time. Such emotional crises almost invariably raise important moral questions.

Which one of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?
(A) Critics who suggest that Colette’s novels are indifferent to great moral questions of her time greatly underestimate her literary achievements.
(B) A novel that poetically condenses a major emotional crisis does not have to be indifferent to the important moral questions raised by that crisis.
(C) To deserve the level of praise that Colette has received, a novelist’s work must concern itself with important moral questions.
(D) The vividness of Colette’s language was not itself the result of poetic condensation.
(E) Colette’s purpose in poetically condensing emotional crises in the lives of characters in her novels was to explore some of the important moral questions of her time.

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05 Mar 2019, 23:07
Hi, Can anyone explain why option B makes up as the right answer for the question?
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05 Mar 2019, 23:46
abhishek31 wrote:
Hi, Can anyone explain why option B makes up as the right answer for the question?

Sure abhishek,
So the passage tells us that the poet's poems raise indifference to the questions posed... The conclusion says that the poems do raise these moral questions... The assumption must be in the lines of the fact that.
If you raise moral questions... You need to be indifferent.. Which is explained by option B... Correct ne if I'm wrong cheers

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The French novelist Colette (1873–1954) has been widely praised for the vividness of her language. But many critics complain that her novels are indifferent to important moral questions. This charge is unfair. Each of her novels is a poetic condensation of a major emotional crisis in the life of an ordinary person of her time. Such emotional crises almost invariably raise important moral questions.

Which one of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?
(A) Critics who suggest that Colette’s novels are indifferent to great moral questions of her time greatly underestimate her literary achievements.
(B) A novel that poetically condenses a major emotional crisis does not have to be indifferent to the important moral questions raised by that crisis.
(C) To deserve the level of praise that Colette has received, a novelist’s work must concern itself with important moral questions.
(D) The vividness of Colette’s language was not itself the result of poetic condensation.
(E) Colette’s purpose in poetically condensing emotional crises in the lives of characters in her novels was to explore some of the important moral questions of her time.

Colette has been praised for vividness of her language. (irrelevant to conclusion)
Critics complain that her novels are indifferent to important moral questions.
Each of her novels is a poetic condensation of a major emotional crisis in the life of an ordinary person of her time.
Such emotional crises almost invariably raise important moral questions.

Conclusion: This charge (her novels are indifferent to important moral questions) is unfair.

We are looking for an assumption - a necessary missing premise.

We are given that

Colette's novels are poetic condensations of emotional crisis.
Emotional crises raise imp moral questions.
From this we want to say that her novels raise imp moral questions.

We are assuming that poetic condensations do not have to be indifferent to imp moral questions raised by the emotional crisis. That imp moral questions are not lost in poetic condensations. This is our option (B)

Let's try to negate (B): A novel that poetically condenses a major emotional crisis has to be indifferent to the important moral questions raised by that crisis.
Colette's novels do poetically condense major emotional crisis. So then, they must be indifferent to imp moral questions. Then our conclusion cannot hold. Hence (B) is an assumption.

All other options are irrelevant.
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