The passage provides information to answer each of the following questions EXCEPT:

Rachel on September 21, 2014

Question

Why is answer b correct and d incorrect?

1 Reply

Melody on September 25, 2014

Answer choice (B) states: "What themes in Invisible Man were influenced by themes prevalent in jazz?"

The passage never discusses what parts of Invisible Man were influenced by jazz. It merely states that understanding Ellison's love of jazz may be more helpful to the pursuit of understanding Invisible Man (lines 29-32).

The passage elaborates on how jazz is similar to Ellison's purpose and meaning behind writing the novel (lines 32-56), but it never discusses what parts of Invisible Man were actually "influenced" by jazz.

Thus, answer choice (B) is our correct answer.

Answer choice (D) states: "From what literary tradition did some of the ideas explored in Invisible Man come?"

The first paragraph explains that Ellison explored and blended "themes tied specifically to the history and plight of African Americans with themes also explored by any European writers" in Invisible Man (lines 1-9).

Thus, we have our answer to what literary tradition (a literary tradition is a way of passing down stories or ideas either through writing or speech) the ideas explored in Invisible Man came from--both from the history and plight of African Americans and from European literature.

So, the passage provides information to answer the question posed in answer choice (D). Thus, it is not our correct answer.

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