Source: Revised GRE PDF 1st Ed. Section 3: Verbal; #10 (p. 54)

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In which sentence of the passage does the author provide examples that reinforce an argument against a critical response cited earlier in the passage 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 first sentence (“In Raisin …realization”), The second sentence (“Once we … work”), The third sentence (“Indeed,… eclecticism”), The fourth sentence (“Isaacs, … reconciliation”), The fifth sentence (“But the … roles”)

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Christina

I am confused about the wording of the question...when it asks which reinforces the critical response, doesn't that mean it is asking for a sentence where the author, like Isaac cannot reconcile opposing ideas? I may be reading the question wrong.

Jun 29, 2018 • Comment

Sam Kinsman, Magoosh Tutor

Hi Christina,

The question is definitely a bit confusing!

We are looking for a sentence where the author "provides examples that reinforce an argument against a critical response cited earlier in the passage." Let's break this down by working backwards.

"A critical response cited earlier in the passage" means a response to a work, play or piece of art. In this case, it is a response to the book called "Raisin in the Sun." So the critical response that's being referred to is the idea the one made by Isaacs (who believes that there is a division or contrast between Hansberry’s concern for her race and her ideal of human reconciliation).

The question asks us for a sentence that provides examples that reinforce an argument against this critical response. So we want examples that show that this critical response (Isaccs') is not correct. Well, this is done in the very last sentence of the passage. The examples there show (or argue) that Isaccs' is mistaken. So that's the right answer :)

I hope this helps clarify what the question is asking us for! :)

Jun 29, 2018 • Reply

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Silvi Goldstein

In my version of this from the PowerPrep Software, the question states. "in which of the following does the author of the passage reinforce a criticism of responses such as Isaacs' to Raisin in the Sun?" The two answers I was confused between were answer D."The description of Du Bois' Ideal as "well-considered" and E, "The description of Fanon's internationalism as "ideal".

How do we know which is correct?

Thanks!

Mar 22, 2017 • Comment

Adam

Hi Silvi,
That's an exceptionally difficult question. To select (D) over (E), we need to realize that "well-considered" modifies DuBois's conception of "ethnic self-awareness coexisting with human unity" which matches with "Hansberrys intense concern for her race with her ideal of human reconciliation." The description of Fanon's internationalism as "ideal" does not imply that his "emphasis on an ideal internationalism that also accommodates national identities and roles" is successful. It just describes Fanon's conception of internationalism. Does that make sense?

Mar 22, 2017 • Reply

Silvi Goldstein

Yes it does- thank you!

Mar 22, 2017 • Reply

nirmal aditya priyan

i have gone through your explanation but still i couldn't get it. please help me understand how D and E are related and D is the answer

Oct 2, 2017 • Reply

Adam

Hi Nirmal,
To be clear, (E) is the correct answer, not (D). Silvi (above) was referring to a different question than the one explained here.

The question asks:

In which sentence of the passage does the author provide examples that reinforce an argument against a critical response cited earlier in the passage?

The "critical response" refers to the fact that many many critics "interpret the plays thematic conflicts as mere confusion, contradiction, or eclecticism. "

The author is arguing against this view.

(D) states:

Isaacs, for example, cannot easily reconcile Hansberrys intense concern for her race with her ideal of human reconciliation.

This is an example of the critical response itself, not an example that reinforces the argument against the response.

(E) states:

But the plays 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 Fanons emphasis on an ideal internationalism that also accommodates national identities and roles.

These two citations are examples of how "Hansberrys intense concern for her race with her ideal of human reconciliation" is not contradictory. These show that authors can have both of these concerns at the same time. Therefore, these examples reinforce the author's argument against the critical response of critics such as Isaacs.

Oct 3, 2017 • Reply

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Sep 26, 2012 • Comment

Saish Bhende

The author has mentioned about Du Bois as well what separates the answer as E from D?

Aug 19, 2014 • Reply

Adam

We are looking for an argument that goes against a critical response to Hansberry's work.

(D) reads: Isaacs, for example, cannot easily reconcile Hansberry’s intense concern for her race with her ideal of human reconciliation.

This is a critical response to Hansberry's work. We're looking for an argument against this critical response, not the critical response itself.

(E), in contrast, gives an argument that runs counter to that of Isaac:

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.

This goes against the criticism of Hansberry's work, and therefore is our answer.

Oct 3, 2015 • Reply

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