Source: Revised GRE PDF 1st Ed. Section 3: Verbal; #9 (p. 54)

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The author of the passage would probably consider

The author of the passage would probably consider which of the following judgments to be most similar to the reasoning of the critics mentioned in line 11? In Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry does not reject integration or the economic and moral promise of the American dream; rather, she remains loyal to this dream while looking, realistically, at its incomplete realization. Once we recognize this dual vision, we can accept the play’s ironic nuances as deliberate social commentaries by Hansberry rather than as the “unintentional” irony that Bigsby attributes to the work. Indeed, a curiously persistent refusal to credit Hansberry with a capacity for intentional irony has led some critics to interpret the play’s thematic conflicts as mere confusion, contradiction, or eclecticism. Isaacs, for example, cannot easily reconcile Hansberry’s intense concern for her race with her ideal of human reconciliation. But the play’s complex view of Black self-esteem and human solidarity as compatible is no more “contradictory” than Du Bois’ famous, well-considered ideal of ethnic self-awareness coexisting with human unity, or Fanon’s emphasis on an ideal internationalism that also accommodates national identities and roles. Blank: The world is certainly flat; therefore, the person proposing to sail around it is unquestionably foolhardy., Radioactivity cannot be directly perceived; therefore, a scientist could not possibly control it in a laboratory., The painter of this picture could not intend it to be funny; therefore, its humor must result from a lack of skill., Traditional social mores are beneficial to culture; therefore, anyone who deviates from them acts destructively., Filmmakers who produce documentaries deal exclusively with facts; therefore, a filmmaker who reinterprets particular events is misleading us.

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Kalina Gajda

Hi! Could you explain again why the answer is not E? I am still confused about the answer choice of C. Thanks!

Apr 18, 2019 • Comment

Adam Lyons, Magoosh Tutor

Hey Kalina,
Hansberry's play contains "ironic nuances," that are "deliberate social commentaries." Later we are told the play has "thematic conflicts." These conflicts, then, are intended by Hansberry to show the inner conflict her characters face. Critics, though, think the conflicts are unintentional, and thus examples of bad writing.
According to choice C, the painter may have intended to be funny. But the critics think the humor is unintentional, and thus an example of bad painting. This mirrors directly the criticism of Hansberry.
Choice E suggests that Hansberry is deliberately misleading her audience. But this is never mentioned in the passage. Hansberry is only accused of being incompetent.
Hope that helps!

Apr 24, 2019 • Reply

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Gravatar Chris Lele, Magoosh Tutor

Sep 26, 2012 • Comment

LISA LEE

How do we know that H was unintentionally ironic while her work was intentionally ironic?

Apr 23, 2017 • Reply

Adam

Hi Lisa,

The passage presents 2 different viewpoints about this. Bigsby and other critics are cited as viewing the irony in Hansberry's play as not intentional:

1. . Once we recognize this dual vision, we can accept the play’s ironic nuances as deliberate social commentaries by Hansberry rather than as **the “unintentional” irony that Bigsby attributes to the work.**

2. Indeed, a curiously persistent **refusal to credit Hansberry with a capacity for intentional irony** has led some critics to interpret the play’s thematic conflicts as mere confusion, contradiction, or eclecticism.

3. Isaacs, for example, cannot easily reconcile Hansberry’s intense concern for her race with her ideal of human reconciliation.

So both Bigsby and Isaacs are cited as interpreting the irony of the play as not being intentional.

Apr 23, 2017 • Reply

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