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    The author quotes from Bayley (line 8-20) to show that

    Hi, I cannot understand the right answer of the following question of the following reading. Would you please help. Thanks a lot.

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    “Masterpieces are dumb,” wrote Flaubert, “They have a tranquil aspect like the very products of nature, like large animals and mountains.” He might have been thinking of War and Peace, that vast, silent work, unfathomable and simple, provoking endless questions through the majesty of its being. Tolstoi‟s simplicity is “overpowering,” says the critic Bayley, “disconcerting,” because it comes from “his casual assumption that the world is as he sees it.” Like other nineteenth-century Russian writers he is “impressive” because he “means what he says,” but he stands apart from all others and from most Western writers in his identity with life, which is so complete as to make us forget he is an artist. He is the center of his work, but his egocentricity is of a special kind. Goethe, for example, says Bayley, “cared for nothing but himself. Tolstoi was nothing but himself.”

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    The author quotes from Bayley (line 8-20) to show that
    (A) although Tolstoi observes and interprets life, he maintains no self-conscious distance from his experience
    (B) the realism of Tolstoi‟s work gives the illusion that his novels are reports of actual events
    (C) unfortunately, Tolstoi is unaware of his own limitation, though he is sincere in his attempt to describe experience
    (D) although Tolstoi works casually and makes unwarranted assumption, his work has an inexplicable appearance of truth
    (E) Tolstoi‟s personal perspective makes his work almost unintelligible to the majority of his readers

    Answer:
    Book said A is correct. I think that B is correct because the author quotes from Bayley to repudiate Flaubert's idea that wrote "Masterpieces have a tranquil aspect like the very products of nature." So, the author want to show that realism is all over the work and it is why Flaubert has thought that the novel is reports of actual events. So, B is correct.
    A is not correct, because the author quotes from Bayley to repudiate Flaubert's idea. A does not speak about rejection of repudiate Flaubert's idea and only speak about Bayley's.

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    Re: The author quotes from Bayley (line 8-20) to show that

    A is correct.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    Re: The author quotes from Bayley (line 8-20) to show that

    Just out of curiosity, where did you find this exercise?
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    Re: The author quotes from Bayley (line 8-20) to show that

    It is from Big Book which is one of the books which I have to study to prepare for GRE exam.

    Thank you bhaisahab, but I need more explanation please. Why my options and its explanation is wrong?

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    Re: The author quotes from Bayley (line 8-20) to show that

    Quote Originally Posted by tesoke View Post
    It is from Big Book which is one of the books which I have to study to prepare for the GRE exam.

    Thank you bhaisahab, but I need more explanation please. Why are my options and its explanations is wrong?
    Note my corrections above.

    I have searched Google for an English language book called "Big Book" but I have had no success. Please give us the full title and the author.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The author quotes from Bayley (line 8-20) to show that

    Quote Originally Posted by tesoke;1224558
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    (B) the realism of Tolstoi‟s work gives the illusion that his novels are reports of actual events.[/SIZE]
    There is simply nothing in the passage to support that claim.

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    Re: The author quotes from Bayley (line 8-20) to show that

    Thank you. I got this book of my friends and they said its name is so. I do not know if this is its real name or not.

    Sorry Piscean, what is your idea about the support that I thought is understandable from the passage:

    I think that B is correct because the author quotes from Bayley to repudiate Flaubert's idea that wrote "Masterpieces have a tranquil aspect like the very products of nature." So, the author want to show that realism is all over the work and it is why Flaubert has thought that the novel is reports of actual events. So, B is correct.

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    Re: The author quotes from Bayley (line 8-20) to show that

    You're reading into words messages that are simply not there, tesoke.
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