It is most likely that the authors of the two passages would both agree with which one of the following statements?

Shiyi on February 23 at 05:03PM

Why is B incorrect?

Why is B incorrect?

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Ravi on February 25 at 08:20PM

@Shyi-Zhang,

Happy to help. You're asking why (B) is incorrect.

The question says, "It is most likely that the authors of the two
passages would both agree with which one of the following statements?"

(B) says, "Cather’s works were not intended as novels, but rather as
narratives."

Passage B's author would almost certainly agree with this statement.
However, passage A's author does not mention critical approaches to
Cather's work anywhere in passage A, so we have no idea what her
opinion is. As a result, we only know what one of the authors would
think about this statement, so we can't conclude they'd agree on it.
We can get rid of this answer choice.

(E) says, "Cather used impressionistic narrative techniques to portray
the psychology of her characters."

The key to seeing how both authors would agree about (E) is to
recognize that both authors have one primary point of agreement
between them. They both believe that Cather used an impressionistic
technique in her writing. Both authors agree that Cather wrote about
her characters in the same type of manner (using the impressionistic
technique), and this is the only facet of Cather's work that is
discussed by both passage A and B. In passage A, the author states
that Cather employed her writing style let her characters' "inner
blaze of glory shine through the simple recital" of their actions and
behavior (lines 7-8). In passage B, the author states that Cather's
impressionistic technique used in describing her characters helped to
"articulate the essential and conflicting forces of desire at work
throughout Cather's fiction" (lines 60-62). As a result, we know that
both authors would agree that (E) is true, so (E) is the correct
answer choice.

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