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    The author suggests that the variety of incidents in the Odyssey is likely to ...

    Hi, would you please explain the correct answer for the following questions of the below reading. Thanks.

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    Of Homer‟s two epic poems, the Odyssey has always been more popular than the Iliad, perhaps because it includes more features of mythology that are accessible to readers. Its subject (to use Maynard Mack‟s categories) is “life-as-spectacle,” for readers, diverted by its various incidents, observe its hero Odysseus primarily from without; the tragic Iliad, however, presents “life-as-experience”: readers are asked to identify with the mind of Achilles, whose motivations render him a not particularly likable hero. In addition, the Iliad, more than the Odyssey, suggests the complexity of the gods‟ involvement in human actions, and to the extent that modern readers find this complexity a needless complication, the Iliad is less satisfying than the Odyssey, with its simpler scheme of divine justice. Finally, since the Iliad presents a historically verifiable action, Troy‟s siege, the poem raises historical questions that are absent from the Odyssey’s blithely imaginative world.


    18. The author suggests that the variety of incidents in the Odyssey is likely to deter the reader from
    (A) concentrating on the poem‟s mythological features
    (B) concentrating on the psychological states of the poem‟s central character
    (C) accepting the explanation that have been offered for the poem‟s popularity
    (D) accepting the poem‟s scheme of divine justice
    (E) accepting Maynard Mack‟s theory that the poem‟s subject is “life-as-spectacle”

    Answer: the correct answer is B, but I have chosen E. I do not know why B is correct and E is not.


    19. The passage is primarily concerned with
    (A) distinguishing arguments
    (B) applying classifications
    (C) initiating a debate
    (D) resolving a dispute
    (E) developing a contrast

    Answer: I have chosen A, but E is correct. Why?
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    Re: The author suggests that the variety of incidents in the Odyssey is likely to ...

    18. "...involvement in human actions, and to the extent that modern readers findthis complexity a needless complication, the Iliad is less satisfying than the Odyssey."

    19. The whole passage compares the two poems, with several instances of comparative language:

    • more popular than the Iliad
    • more features of mythology
    • the tragic Iliad, however,...
    • the Iliad, more than the Odyssey...
    • the Iliad is less satisfying than the Odyssey



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    Re: The author suggests that the variety of incidents in the Odyssey is likely to ...

    Note that an apostrophe has only one line. It's a single mark next to the top of a letter, as this sentence's two apostrophes demonstrate.
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