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Without a doubt, one of America's greatest science-fiction writers is Kurt Vonnegut, who has written dozens of stories and novels, including the masterpiece Slaughterhouse Five. Yet for decades, Vonnegut denied that what he was writing was science fiction. Today, however, Vonnegut embraces his rightful place as a master of the genre.

All of the following, if true, are helpful in accounting for the phenomenon described in this passage EXCEPT -

A. early in Vonnegut's career, science fiction was largely considered by critics to be an inferior genre.
B. Vonnegut did not want to be pigeonholed as a science-fiction writer.
C. as a young author, Vonnegut's favorite writers were all science-fiction writers.
D. science fiction has become a legitimate literary genre.
E. science fiction has become an increasingly popular genre (for readers and writers alike) because of the increased importance of science and technology in our lives.

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Previously, Kurt denied that he was writing science fiction.
Today, he embraces his rightful place as a master of the genre.

We need to find something that explain this discrepancy that has derived between previous vs. current time. All of the answer choice will support/explain the discrepancy, except one choice.

A. If in early period, science fiction was considered to be an inferior genre. - this explain why Kurt didn’t admit that he was writing science fiction back then.
B. Kurt doesn’t want to be pigeonholed as a science-fiction writer. - this clearly explains why he denied that he was writing science fiction.
C. As a young author, Kurt’s favorite writer were all science-fiction writers. - this is the opposite. It rather weaken why Kurt denied that he was writing sci fiction although his favorite writers are all sci-fiction writers. - Correct answer
D. Sci fiction has become legitimate literary genre - this explain why before Kurt denied it, but later accept it because it has become legitimate
E. Sci fiction has become more popular genre - same as D

Therefore, C is the correct answer choice

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Let's jot down the points:
KV-written dozens of stories and novels
KV denied writing was science fiction.
Today, however, Vonnegut embraces his rightful place as a master of the genre.

All of the following, if true, are helpful in accounting for the phenomenon described in this passage EXCEPT ------ we need to find 4 answers that resolves the above given paradox as to why KV didn't like to be known as a science fiction writer, which means the 5th option would be irrelevant/does not resolve the argument.

A. early in Vonnegut's career, science fiction was largely considered by critics to be an inferior genre.
INCORRECT. This resolves why KV didn't want to acknowledge himself as a science fiction writer.

B. Vonnegut did not want to be pigeonholed as a science-fiction writer.
INCORRECT. This could be a reason why he kept denying because he never wanted to be kmown as one.

C. as a young author, Vonnegut's favorite writers were all science-fiction writers.
✔CORRECT. This point is irrelevant. This point will never ever resolve the paradox.

D. science fiction has become a legitimate literary genre.
INCORRECT. Possible reason to resolve the paradox.

E. science fiction has become an increasingly popular genre (for readers and writers alike) because of the increased importance of science and technology in our lives.
INCORRECT. again this point is possible.

Thus, answer is option C

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The right answer is C because if as a young author Vonnegut's favorite writers were all science-fiction writers, then he would be receptive when his writings are tagged as science fiction. So it doesn't explain why he did not appreciate his work to be associated with science fiction in his earlier years but became receptive of the tag at a later time.

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Without a doubt, one of America's greatest science-fiction writers is Kurt Vonnegut, who has written dozens of stories and novels, including the masterpiece Slaughterhouse Five. Yet for decades, Vonnegut denied that what he was writing was science fiction. Today, however, Vonnegut embraces his rightful place as a master of the genre.

All of the following, if true, are helpful in accounting for the phenomenon described in this passage EXCEPT -

A. early in Vonnegut's career, science fiction was largely considered by critics to be an inferior genre.
B. Vonnegut did not want to be pigeonholed as a science-fiction writer.
C. as a young author, Vonnegut's favorite writers were all science-fiction writers.
D. science fiction has become a legitimate literary genre.
E. science fiction has become an increasingly popular genre (for readers and writers alike) because of the increased importance of science and technology in our lives.


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KV in the past denied he wrote science fiction, however, today he embraces his place as a master of the genre.
Y does he embrace today but denied in the past? Find the choices that help explain this.

A. he denied in the past, because it was considered inferior (maybe nobody would take him seriously), but now its not inferior; ok.
B. he didn't want to be pigeonholed as such, because it had negative connotations, but now it doesnt; ok.
D. he denied in the past because the genre wasn't legitimate, but now it is; ok.
E. he denied in the past because the genre wasn't popular or important, but now it is; ok.

Answer (C): this choice widens the paradox, because why would he deny the genre if he was in its favor.
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option C

This doesn't explain the phenomenon
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Premise: Kurt Vonnegut is one of America's greatest science-fiction writers. He has written many stores and novels - Slaughterhouse Five is a masterpiece among them.

Paradox: or decades Vonnegut denies writing science fiction however now embraces the act that he is a master of the genre.
Why is it that Vonnegut denied being a science fiction writer or years but now enjoys the living it? The question however asks to identify something which would not explain the paradox or does nothing.

A. early in Vonnegut's career, science fiction was largely considered by critics to be an inferior genre. – WRONG. May be Vonnegut didn’t want to be tagged as an inferior writer.
B. Vonnegut did not want to be pigeonholed as a science-fiction writer. – WRONG. May be Vonnegut didn’t want to remain in boundaries but explore the wide facets of writing.
C. as a young author, Vonnegut's favorite writers were all science-fiction writers. – CORRECT. It might be true that he indeed wrote science-fictions thus he enjoys it now but option does not explain why Vonnegut denied it all earlier.
D. science fiction has become a legitimate literary genre. – WRONG. May be science-fiction earlier wasn’t recognized as legitimate but now it is. So Vonnegut might have thought of not being left out thus denied it for years before accepting it.
E. science fiction has become an increasingly popular genre (for readers and writers alike) because of the increased importance of science and technology in our lives. – WRONG. ‘increasingly popular’ suggests that science-fiction was not that much popular earlier which might have led Vonnegut to deny it for decades.

IMO Answer (C).
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Premise: Kurt Vonnegut is one of America's greatest science-fiction writers. He has written many stores and novels - Slaughterhouse Five is a masterpiece among them.

Paradox: or decades Vonnegut denies writing science fiction however now embraces the act that he is a master of the genre.
Why is it that Vonnegut denied being a science fiction writer or years but now enjoys the living it? The question however asks to identify something which would not explain the paradox or does nothing.

A. early in Vonnegut's career, science fiction was largely considered by critics to be an inferior genre. – WRONG. May be Vonnegut didn’t want to be tagged as an inferior writer.
B. Vonnegut did not want to be pigeonholed as a science-fiction writer. – WRONG. May be Vonnegut didn’t want to remain in boundaries but explore the wide facets of writing.
C. as a young author, Vonnegut's favorite writers were all science-fiction writers. – CORRECT. It might be true that he indeed wrote science-fictions thus he enjoys it now but option does not explain why Vonnegut denied it all earlier.
D. science fiction has become a legitimate literary genre. – WRONG. May be science-fiction earlier wasn’t recognized as legitimate but now it is. So Vonnegut might have thought of not being left out thus denied it for years before accepting it.
E. science fiction has become an increasingly popular genre (for readers and writers alike) because of the increased importance of science and technology in our lives. – WRONG. ‘increasingly popular’ suggests that science-fiction was not that much popular earlier which might have led Vonnegut to deny it for decades.

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IMO it's C because C says when he was young, science fiction writers were his favourite but that doesn't say anything why he denied that he was writing for science fiction.

Without a doubt, one of America's greatest science-fiction writers is Kurt Vonnegut, who has written dozens of stories and novels, including the masterpiece Slaughterhouse Five. Yet for decades, Vonnegut denied that what he was writing was science fiction. Today, however, Vonnegut embraces his rightful place as a master of the genre.

All of the following, if true, are helpful in accounting for the phenomenon described in this passage EXCEPT -

C. as a young author, Vonnegut's favorite writers were all science-fiction writers.
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C it is

A &B gives a reason why he didn't accept the science fiction thing and C&D are giving a reason why he accepted it now.

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A. early in Vonnegut's career, science fiction was largely considered by critics to be an inferior genre...... may b thats one of the reason y he didnt reveal that he is a sc-fi writer
B. Vonnegut did not want to be pigeonholed as a science-fiction writer...... may b he didnt like to be called so.... he didnt reveal that he is a sc-fi writer
C. as a young author, Vonnegut's favorite writers were all science-fiction writers......there is nothing to do with his favourites here
D. science fiction has become a legitimate literary genre....may b it is illegitimate at the time he started
E. science fiction has become an increasingly popular genre (for readers and writers alike) because of the increased importance of science and technology in our lives.....may b it wasnt popular when he started.
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Without a doubt, one of America's greatest science-fiction writers is Kurt Vonnegut, who has written dozens of stories and novels, including the masterpiece Slaughterhouse Five. Yet for decades, Vonnegut denied that what he was writing was science fiction. Today, however, Vonnegut embraces his rightful place as a master of the genre.

All of the following, if true, are helpful in accounting for the phenomenon described in this passage EXCEPT -

A. early in Vonnegut's career, science fiction was largely considered by critics to be an inferior genre.
B. Vonnegut did not want to be pigeonholed as a science-fiction writer.
C. as a young author, Vonnegut's favorite writers were all science-fiction writers.
D. science fiction has become a legitimate literary genre.
E. science fiction has become an increasingly popular genre (for readers and writers alike) because of the increased importance of science and technology in our lives.


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Correct Answer: B

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