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    It can be inferred from the passage that the author admires great comic artists?

    Hi, would you please explain the correct answer. I cannot understand what is the correct? Thanks a lot.

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    Great comic art is never otherwordly, it does not seek to mystify us, and it does not deny ambiguity by branding as evil whatever differs from good. Great comic artists assume that truth may bear all lights, and thus they seek to accentuate contradictions in social action, not gloss over or transcend them by appeals to extrasocial symbols of divine ends, cosmic purpose, or laws of nature. The moment of transcendence in great comic art is a social moment, born out of the conviction that we are human, even though we try to be gods. The comic community to which artists address themselves is a community of reasoning, loving, joyful, compassionate beings, who are willing to assume the human risks of acting rationally. Without invoking gods or demons, great comic art arouses courage in reason, courage which grows out of trust in what human beings can do as humans.

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    It can be inferred from the passage that the author admires great comic artists primarily for their
    (A) ability to understand the frequently subtle differences between good and evil
    (B) ability to reconcile the contradictions in human behavior
    (C) ability to distinguish between rational and irrational behavior
    (D) insistence on confronting the truth about the human condition
    (E) insistence on condemning human faults and weaknesses

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    The correct answer is D, but I cannot understand why? Would you please explain. Thanks a lot.
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    Re: It can be inferred from the passage that the author admires great comic artists?

    D is correct. What makes you think it isn't?
    “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.”

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    Re: It can be inferred from the passage that the author admires great comic artists?

    Actually I cannot understand how we can conclude D. In the reading, author speaks about comic artists in the following part: "Great comic artists assume that truth may bear all lights, and thus they seek to accentuate contradictions in social action, not gloss over or transcend them by appeals to extrasocial symbols of divine ends, cosmic purpose, or laws of nature."
    D discusses "human condition". I can read anything about "condition" in the mentioned part of the passage. So, I cannot judge D.
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    Re: It can be inferred from the passage that the author admires great comic artists?

    Do you know the meaning of "the human condition"?
    “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.”

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    Re: It can be inferred from the passage that the author admires great comic artists?

    It means condition so :) It has a simple meaning, but I do not know what condition he means. In addition, I cannot understand the meaning of red part of the following sentence of the passage:

    "Great comic artists assume that truth may bear all lights, and thus they seek to accentuate contradictions in social action, not gloss over or transcend them by appeals to extrasocial symbols of divine ends, cosmic purpose, or laws of nature."

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    Re: It can be inferred from the passage that the author admires great comic artists?

    “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.”

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    Re: It can be inferred from the passage that the author admires great comic artists?

    I read your proposed link, but I could not understand again. Maybe because I cannot find the answer in the reading. Would you please explain more. Sorry for bothering you.

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    Re: It can be inferred from the passage that the author admires great comic artists?

    (D) insistence on confronting the truth about the human condition.

    This means, "insistence on confronting the the truth about how human beings are".
    “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.”

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