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    The author refers to Henry James primarily in order to

    Hi, I cannot understand the true answers of the following questions of the below reading. I will appreciate if you help me. Bless you.

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    The black experience, one might automatically assume, is known to every Black author. Henry James was pondering a similar assumption when he said: “You were to suffer your fate. That was not necessarily to know it.” This disparity between an experience and knowledge of that experience is the longest bridge an artist must cross. Don L. Lee, in his picture of the Black poet, “studying his own poetry and the poetry of other Black poets,” touches on the crucial point. In order to transform his own sufferings—or joys—as a Black person into usable knowledge for his readers, the author must first order his experiences in his mind. Only then can he create feelingly and coherently the combination of fact and meaning that Black audiences require for the reexploration of their lives. A cultural community of Black authors studying one another‟s best works systematically would represent a dynamic interchange of the spirit—corrective and instructive and increasingly beautiful in its recorded expression.

    Question 1:
    It can be inferred from the passage that the author would be LEAST likely to approve of which of the following?
    (A) Courses that promote cultural awareness through the study of contemporary art
    (B) The development of creative writing courses that encourage mutual criticism of student work
    (C) Growing interest in extemporaneous writing that records experiences as they occur
    (D) A shift in interest from abstract philosophical poetry to concrete autobiographical poetry
    (E) Workshops and newsletters designed to promote dialogues between poets

    Answer:
    The Correct answer is E but I opted D. Why E is correct and D is not.

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    Question 2:
    The author refers to Henry James primarily in order to
    (A) support his own perception of the “longest bridge” (lines 6-7)
    (B) illustrate a coherent “combination of fact and meaning” (lines 14-15)
    (C) provide an example of “dynamic interchange of the spirit” (line 19)
    (D) establish the pervasiveness of lack of self-knowledge
    (E) contrast James‟s ideas about poetry with those of Don L. Lee

    Answer:
    The correct answer is D but I opted A. Why D is correct and D is not?

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    Re: The author refers to Henry James primarily in order to

    Question 1. I chose C."Growing interest in extemporaneous writing that records experiences as they occur". If Don Lee touched on the crucial point, and this was "the author must first order his experiences in his mind", this is antithetical to extemporaneous writing that is written as it occurs. The whole passage is in favour of ordering thoughts and even re-editing based on criticism. I think E would be the most, not the least, likely.

    Q2. I chose A too. I think D is nonsense.

    Where do these questions come from?
    Last edited by Raymott; 26-Oct-2015 at 01:35.

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    Re: The author refers to Henry James primarily in order to

    I am so sorry, I made a mistake and the book has checked your options: C for 1 and A for 2. Your explanation was convincing. Thanks a lot and sorry again for my mistake.

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