Critic: A novel cannot be of the highest quality unless most readers become emotionally engaged with the imaginary w...

Audrey on May 6, 2020

Breakdown of C

So I choose answer choice B, but I kind of understand why C is better. So what they are trying to say is that readers cannot do one thing if the novel is detracting their focus off of that one thing and putting the focus onto the author? Please let me know if my understanding is correct.

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Ben on May 7, 2020

Hi Audrey, thanks for the question.

What they are assuming in this argument is that focusing on the author detracts from their engagement with the imaginary world. This is answer choice C.

Answer choice B is different in that it puts forth another sufficient/necessary statement and makes the requirements explicit for a novel to be highly regarded. But we already know what is required for a novel to be of the highest quality. And additionally, it does not tie in how focusing on the other detracts from the novel's quality.

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions or would like me to expand further.

on July 23 at 07:33PM

I also picked B, after I tried to diagram this question:

High Quality --> Reader involved in Imaginary World
Shift in Narrative --> ~ Reader involved in Imaginary World

I eliminated C because of the "most". When I diagrammed B I got High Quality --> Reader involved in Imaginary World. Negating that would then destroy the argument?

Where did I start to go wrong here? Have I diagrammed this incorrectly? Would you not recommend diagramming this?

Thank you!