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The work of short fiction writer Charles Chesnutt reflects characteristic interests of his contemporary "local colorists" as much as the intellectual ferment and historical reassessments of Black American culture during the late 19th century.


A. as much as the intellectual ferment and historical reassessments of Black American culture during the late 19th century

B. as much as it did the intellectual ferment in, and historical reassessments of, Black American culture in the late 19th century

C. as much as it had reflected, during the late 19th century, the intellectual ferment and historical reassessments of Black American culture

D. as much as it was reflective and characteristic of the intellectual ferment and historical reassessments of late 19th century Black American culture

E. as much as it does the intellectual ferment and historical reassessments of late 19th century Black American culture

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The work of short fiction writer Charles Chesnutt reflects characteristic interests of his contemporary "local colorists" as much as the intellectual ferment and historical reassessments of Black American culture during the late 19th century.


A. as much as the intellectual ferment and historical reassessments of Black American culture during the late 19th century

B. as much as it did the intellectual ferment in, and historical reassessments of, Black American culture in the late 19th century

C. as much as it had reflected, during the late 19th century, the intellectual ferment and historical reassessments of Black American culture

D. as much as it was reflective and characteristic of the intellectual ferment and historical reassessments of late 19th century Black American culture

E. as much as it does the intellectual ferment and historical reassessments of late 19th century Black American culture


How did D get eliminated ??(is my reasoning correct)

Inline is how i eliminated the rest.

A. as much as the intellectual ferment and historical reassessments of Black American culture during the late 19th century
'During' is usually used for a general period of time and not for a definite period of time - Out

B. as much as it did the intellectual ferment in, and historical reassessments of, Black American culture in the late 19th century
Lack of parallelism - Out

C. as much as it had reflected, during the late 19th century, the intellectual ferment and historical reassessments of Black American culture
No use of "had", a simple past event is not present.

D. as much as it was reflective and characteristic of the intellectual ferment and historical reassessments of late 19th century Black American culture
Was this removed, as the action was still reflective

E. as much as it does the intellectual ferment and historical reassessments of late 19th century Black American culture


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My two cents on this question is as follows: reflects is in the present tense and the phrase as much as represents a continuation that will include additional information that will build off the first part (reflects). You need a verb in the present tense here and only choice E does this (does). B is wrong because it uses did(past tense) and A is missing a verb so E is the best answer.
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The work of short fiction writer Charles Chesnutt reflects characteristic interests of his contemporary "local colorists" as much as the intellectual ferment and historical reassessments of Black American culture during the late 19th century.


A. as much as the intellectual ferment and historical reassessments of Black American culture during the late 19th century

B. as much as it did the intellectual ferment in, and historical reassessments of, Black American culture in the late 19th century

C. as much as it had reflected, during the late 19th century, the intellectual ferment and historical reassessments of Black American culture

D. as much as it was reflective and characteristic of the intellectual ferment and historical reassessments of late 19th century Black American culture

E. as much as it does the intellectual ferment and historical reassessments of late 19th century Black American culture


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You need to be precise and logical to get a question like this right, but you don't need to be a grammar expert. Think about what the sentence is trying to tell you. Chesnutt's fiction reflects the "interests of his contemporary 'local colorists/" and it also reflects "the intellectual ferment" of the time. In short, his fiction reflects one thing as much as it does another. The word "does' is critical., it's what makes the phrase idiomatic. Choice (E) is correct because it alone contains this logical and idiomatic form of comparison. (E)'s "does" is also the only verb that correctly parallels the verb "reflects" in the first part of the sentence. Choices (B), (C), and (D) all contain verbs-"did/' "had," and "was"—that aren't consistent with the present-tense "reflects"; they all add awkwardly wordy phrasing, too.
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Bunuel wrote:
The work of short fiction writer Charles Chesnutt reflects characteristic interests of his contemporary "local colorists" as much as the intellectual ferment and historical reassessments of Black American culture during the late 19th century.


A. as much as the intellectual ferment and historical reassessments of Black American culture during the late 19th century

B. as much as it did the intellectual ferment in, and historical reassessments of, Black American culture in the late 19th century

C. as much as it had reflected, during the late 19th century, the intellectual ferment and historical reassessments of Black American culture

D. as much as it was reflective and characteristic of the intellectual ferment and historical reassessments of late 19th century Black American culture

E. as much as it does the intellectual ferment and historical reassessments of late 19th century Black American culture


The intellectual ferment and historical reassessments aren't countable nouns. So, E seems correct as in A, it treats them as countable and in others, it changes the tense, which isn't in tandem with 'reflects'
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Bunuel wrote:
The work of short fiction writer Charles Chesnutt reflects characteristic interests of his contemporary "local colorists" as much as the intellectual ferment and historical reassessments of Black American culture during the late 19th century.


A. as much as the intellectual ferment and historical reassessments of Black American culture during the late 19th century

B. as much as it did the intellectual ferment in, and historical reassessments of, Black American culture in the late 19th century

C. as much as it had reflected, during the late 19th century, the intellectual ferment and historical reassessments of Black American culture

D. as much as it was reflective and characteristic of the intellectual ferment and historical reassessments of late 19th century Black American culture

E. as much as it does the intellectual ferment and historical reassessments of late 19th century Black American culture


The intellectual ferment and historical reassessments aren't countable nouns. So, E seems correct as in A, it treats them as countable and in others, it changes the tense, which isn't in tandem with 'reflects'


A is wrong because the comparison is unclear.
A simpler example is "John loves ice as much as Sarah."
In the above example, it is not clear whether John and Sarah love ice cream equally or John loves ice cream and Sarah equally.
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The work of short fiction writer Charles Chesnutt reflects characteristic interests of his contemporary "local colorists" as much as the intellectual ferment and historical reassessments of Black American culture during the late 19th century.


A. as much as the intellectual ferment and historical reassessments of Black American culture during the late 19th century--> ambiguous: the work reflects X as much as Y
> X: characteristic interests & Y: the intellectual ferment and historical reassessments
> can be meaning (1) the work reflects X as much as it does Y, or (2) the work reflects X as much as Y reflects X

B. as much as it did the intellectual ferment in, and historical reassessments of, Black American culture in the late 19th century

C. as much as it had reflected, during the late 19th century, the intellectual ferment and historical reassessments of Black American culture

D. as much as it was reflective and characteristic of the intellectual ferment and historical reassessments of late 19th century Black American culture

E. as much as it does the intellectual ferment and historical reassessments of late 19th century Black American culture --> correct: the work reflects X as much as it does Y
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