Source: Revised GRE PDF 1st Ed. Section 3: Verbal; #23 (p. 58)


The author of the passage suggests that

The author of the passage suggests that present-day readers would particularly benefit from which of the following changes on the part of present-day writers and critics? In early-twentieth-century England, it was fashionable to claim that only a completely new style of writing could address a world undergoing unprecedented transformation— just as one literary critic recently claimed that only the new “aesthetic of exploratory excess” can address a world under-going well, you know. Yet in early-twentiethcentury England, T. S. Eliot, a man fascinated by the “presence” of the past, wrote the most innovative poetry of his time. The lesson for today’s literary community seems obvious: a reorientation toward tradition would benefit writers no less than readers. But if our writers and critics indeed respect the novel’s rich tradition (as they claim to), then why do they disdain the urge to tell an exciting story? Blank: An increased focus on the importance of engaging the audience in a narrative, Modernization of the traditional novelistic elements already familiar to readers, Embracing aspects of fiction that are generally peripheral to the interest of readers, A greater recognition of how the tradition of the novel has changed over time, A better understanding of how certain poets such as Eliot have influenced fiction of the present time

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Bidisha Chakraborty

I cannot understand where the author implies that the stories told by present day writers are boring ? The last line ? But doesn't the line before that almost gives us a direct answer ?
Why is B : 'Modernization of traditional novelistic elements already familiar to readers.' not applicable ?
Since the author says 'reorientation toward tradition',which suggests that these elements were already there,they just have to reoriented (eg. modernized)

Jul 28, 2016 • Comment


Hi Bidisha!

The last line is indeed where we find the author implying that modern stories are boring: "why do they disdain the urge to tell an exciting story?" tells us that the author thinks these stories are not exciting.

Note that "a reorientation toward tradition" is not the same as "a reorientation OF tradition." The author is saying that writers should reorient themselves toward tradition, not that they should reorient the tradition. (B) changes the meaning.

I hope that helps!

Sep 2, 2016 • Reply

anik alam

but how could you tell that engaging the audience = exciting story? how do you know exciting story always keep readers engaged

Nov 3, 2017 • Reply


Hi Anik,

By definition, something that is exciting causes enthusiasm and eagerness. If someone is enthusiastic and eager about something, we can say that they are engaged with that thing.

Does that make sense?

Nov 14, 2017 • Reply


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