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24. (C)Question Type: Synthesis (1-12, 16-18, 26-28, 42-44)For this synthesis question, it’s necessary to have a solid understanding of the flow of the passage. it begins by bringing up three positions. the first is mentioned in passing, and never brought up again. the differences between the other two positions—that of the radical critics and Dostoyevsky—is described in the remainder of the passage. And while the majority of the essay discusses Dostoyevsky’s opinions about fiction, it would be a mistake to say that the author’s structure involves proving one theory superior or inferior to another. the correct answer is (C).(A) is incorrect because the first position is only described in a single sentence, and never brought up again.(B) is close to correct, but the third position (Dostoyevsky’s) is only contrasted “in detail” with the second position (the radical critics), not the first.(D) is a tricky one, but it goes too far. the passage does present three views and it does seem slightly more sympathetic to Dostoevsky’s position than the other two. however, it does not ever definitively state that Dostoevsky’s position is “superior” to the other two. this is particularly true in regard to the first position, which is mentioned in the second sentence and then never brought up again. In a complex RC passage like this one, it’s always important to locate the author’s position in terms of the weight they give to one side or another, but don’t forget that not every author comes down firmly on one side. while Dostoyevsky’s opinions are described at great length (and aren’t contradicted), it is never said that his position was better than the others.(E), like (D), imputes some kind of hierarchy to the three positions, which the passage does not.

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