Which one of the following most accurately expresses the main point of the passage?

Gursahib on February 20, 2014

Help about this question needed

What is Q1 asking?

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Melody on February 24, 2014

This is a main point question. It is asking you what the passage is about. What point does the passage express to the reader?

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Rosaline on October 21, 2018

I don't see how answer choice C is not the main point. Answer choice A seems very generic and doesn't talk about the issues mentioned between Poets and Fiction writers in the US. Could you please explain to me why C is wrong.

Rosaline on October 27, 2018

I'm following up. Could someone please answer the question below?

Rosaline on November 1, 2018

Following up again. Please explain to me what C is wrong and A is correct.

Mehran on November 5, 2018

Hi @UTSmtihie, thanks for your posts. We are not sure we understand, because the correct answer on Question 1 of this passage is (E), not (A) as you say.

To explain why (C) is incorrect because it says that using lyrical language can enhance narrative fiction. But the main point of this passage is not to talk about how elements of poetry (i.e., lyrical language) can enhance or improve narrative fiction. Rather, the main point of this passage is summarized in answer choice (E): that Rita Dove's successful blending of poetry and fiction (textual support: entire last paragraph) exemplifies the recent trend away from the rigid separation of the two genres (textual support: lines 21-24 "Fortunately, there are signs that the bias .. . is diminishing . . . ") that has long been prevalent int he U.S. (textual support: entire first paragraph).

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Fagun on May 28 at 03:49PM

answer of q1 not able to understand the concept

Ravi on May 28 at 04:24PM

Happy to help.

In order to address the main point, we need to make sure we know the
conclusion of this passage. The conclusion states that Rita Dove mixed
fiction and poetry together (lines 54-57) and because the conclusion
itself is provided as an example of one of the signs that "the bias
against writers who cross generic boundaries is diminishing," (lines
21-22), (E) is precisely what we're looking for.

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