It can be inferred that both authors would be most likely to regard which one of the following as exemplifying Cather...

Shiyi on February 23 at 04:58PM

Why is C correct?

Why is C correct?

3 Replies

Ravi on February 25 at 06:34PM

@Shiyi-Zhang,

Happy to help.

The question says, "It can be inferred that both authors would be most
likely to regard which one of the following as exemplifying Cather’s
narrative technique?"

In the passage, both of the authors discuss Cather's impressionistic
writing style, so we are looking for an answer choice that
demonstrates this impressionistic style. From the passage, we know
that Cather's impressionistic style is bold, stylized, simple, and is
also used to illustrate a bigger truth about a character. These are
the hallmarks of his style, and these are the things we're looking for
in the answer choice we select. We don't want too much detail, nor do
we want answers that tell us about the thoughts of the character
because Cather did not do this in his impressionistic style.

(C) says, "A description of a slightly quivering drink in the hand of
a character at a dinner party is used to suggest that the character is
timid."

(C) describes a subtle but important detail ("slightly quivering drink
in the hand") that is presenting us the phenomenon itself (line 13),
and this small but very important detail is used to show us the truth
of the character being described. This detail tells us that the
character is really timid. The shaking hand suggests that the
character is timid, and this is spot on with Cather's impressionistic
technique. As a result, it matches up well with what Cather's
impressionistic technique is, so this is the correct answer choice.

Does this make sense? Let us know if you have any more questions!

on September 12 at 02:13AM

Thank you, that was a very helpful review! As for A, why was that choice incorrect?

Skylar on September 21 at 05:06PM

@zgnewquist Happy to help.

Although it is initally appealing, answer choice A is incorrect because, when compared with answer choice C, it does not have to do as directly with the character's behavior/actions nor the character's emotions. Instead of referring to an action (hand shaking) to describe a feeling (timid), it refers to possessions (living room furniture/decor) to describe a state (wealthy). Moreover, a "meticulous inventory" of the possessions suggests a level of detail that is not consistent with the "importance of selection and simplification" emphasized in the passage.

Does this make sense? Please let us know if you'd like any more clarification!