Source: Official Guide Revised GRE 2nd Ed. Part 9; Section 3; #23

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The passage suggests that which of the following

The passage suggests that which of the following is frequently true of the title pages of early-nineteenth-century English novels? The attribution of early-nineteenth-century English fiction is notoriously problematic. Fewer than half of new novels published in Britain between 1800 and 1829 had the author's true name printed on the title page. Most of these titles have subsequently been attributed, either through the author's own acknowledgement of a previously anonymous or pseudonymous work, or through the author's own bibliographical research. One important tool available to researchers is the list of earlier works "by the author" often found on title pages. But such lists are as likely to create new confusion as they are to solve old problems. Title pages were generally prepared last in the publication process, often without full authorial assent, and in the last-minute rush to press, mistakes were frequently made. The title page was prepared for printing in a hurried manner., Material on the title page was included without the author’s knowledge or approval., Information on the title page was deliberately falsified to make the novel more marketable.

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Inmobi

Have a doubt regarding the answer B, the passage says that "often without the author's consent" but the option does not really say "often", infact it does not qualify the frequency, in that case, can you please explain if it is ok to assume that it is "often"

Jun 13, 2016 • Comment

Adam

Hi Immobi,

In fact, the question stem itself contains the word "frequently":

The passage suggests that which of the following is frequently true of the title pages of early-nineteenth-century English novels?

That's equivalent to having "often" in each of the answer choices.

Jun 13, 2016 • Reply

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Gravatar Chris Lele, Magoosh Tutor

Dec 2, 2012 • Comment

Anne Solene Bayan

The passage states "without full authorial consent". I interpreted that as not complete authorial consent, meaning there might have been some approval for some aspect but not everything. So when the answer choice B stated "....without the author's knowledge or approval", I concluded that that was a little extreme... Was I reading too much into it?

Oct 1, 2016 • Reply

Adam

Hi Anne! All we need to choose (B) is the fact that " Title pages were generally prepared last in the publication process, often without full authorial assent." That means that at least some "Material on the title page was included without the author’s knowledge or approval." (B) doesn't state "ALL material," so all we need to prove is that at least some of the information wasn't approved by the author, and we can do that.

Oct 26, 2016 • Reply

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