The reaction described in which one of the following scenarios is most analogous to the reaction of the art critics m...

David on November 19, 2015

Why not E?

The critics thought it was good art until they learned it wasn't Vemeer's


Mehran on November 20, 2015

Thank you for your question, @dfolave.

Recall that, in Reading Comprehension, it is always a good idea to go back to the passage and read "in context" around the line mentioned in questions like these. Usually if you read 3-5 lines above and 3-5 lines below the specified line, you'll see the broader context being questioned.

The art critics mentioned in Line 13 are those who were greatly embarrassed when van Meegeren revealed that he was in fact the forger responsible for The Disciples at Emmaus. At line 10, we are told that this painting "attracted lavish praise from experts" who then found out that the work was a forgery.

This emotional rollercoaster is paralleled in answer choice (C). Diners praise the food effusively until they learn that the master chef is away for the night. The diners parallel the critics praising the "forger's" work--here, someone preparing the food other than the master chef.

Answer choice (E) is not parallel at all. The movie fans in (E) are reacting favorably to a favorite actor. There is no "forgery" or "surprise" involved.

Hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any additional questions.