The approach to poetry taken by a modern–day Italian immigrant in America would be most analogous to Phillis Wheatley...

Julie on August 26, 2019

Answer Explanation

Hi LSAT Max, Where would we find textual support to arrive at choice (E)? Lines 40-42 seems like it would justify the right answer, but I'm not too certain so I would love some clarification. Thanks in advance!

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J on September 13, 2019

The whole passage is textual support. One thing to note is that the majority of RC questions are must be true questions. They will 100% be supported by the passage.

Elizabeth on October 14, 2020

Where would the lines of support be?

Naryan on January 17 at 05:51PM

Thanks for the questions everyone!

You might say there's textual support from lines 48-55, but searching for textual support isn't the best way to approach these inference questions. The true reason E is correct is because of the whole passage, and how it describes Wheatley's poetry. She is someone who comes from a strong culture, and was in a position to develop that culture's poetry in a new space. Understanding this comes from reading the passage with interest, not from trying to memorize or highlight a few lines.

With this understanding, we can see that this story could apply to both Wheatley's, and a parallel case. Wheatley (in the eyes of the author) failed to use her position to forward African poetry, and instead stuck to English tradition. In a parallel situation our Italian poet would—you guessed it—fail to develop Italian poetry and instead stick to American traditions. This is exactly what E tells us.