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Nooo :(

D no where is mentioned

D) is a testament to his singular focus on pointing out flaws in the works of his contemporaries.

Stay close and adherent to the passage. Do not think to much. Do not infer something over the fence

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In Question 3: why option D is not the right choice? Pls, explain

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D is tricky

The passage says

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While Orwell casts Wells' work as a disjointed and pessimistic diatribe about a bleak future, the description rings eerily similar to some reviews of Orwell's own masterpiece, 1984.


Basically Orwell made a critique of Well's work but then his work in 1984 was quite similar to the same critiques.

D) is a testament to his singular focus on pointing out flaws in the works of his contemporaries.

We do not know so much information if it was his last review. The word testament suggests this.

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I do not think that question 3 is a good question. Orwell didn't necessarily address the issue in his novel. In fact in the previous statement is says that it was ironic that this was also a problem in his own work.

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I do not think that question 3 is a good question. Orwell didn't necessarily address the issue in his novel. In fact in the previous statement is says that it was ironic that this was also a problem in his own work.

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It is ironic that the flaws Orwell pointed out in the novel also present in his novels. So that points to option B.
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I was also stuck between choice B and choice D, but chose B as it "felt more correct."

In retrospect, I have come to the conclusion that choice D is an inference that could be made based in the material in the paragraph and not something that is directly stated. Choice B however, is directly stated in the last sentence in the paragraph and is thus the best candidate for being the correct answer.
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For this Inference EXCEPT question, examine each answer choice in light of the passage. The fourth sentence points out that Orwell reviewed “the seminal works of his time,” which would be the books written by his contemporaries. The author would thus agree with the statement in (A), so it can be eliminated. The last two sentences show that Orwell’s negative review of Wells’ final work led to the end of their friendship, so  ( B) is out. The final sentence shows that the pessimistic view of the future in Wells’ work is similar to that presented in Orwell’s 1984. The author would also agree with the statement in  ( C), so eliminate it as well.   While the passage highlights Orwell’s work as a reviewer, it states that he had a “prolific career as both a book reviewer and author.” There is no evidence in the passage to support the idea that Orwell’s work as a reviewer outweighed his work as an author. The author of the passage would not agree with this statement, so  ( D) is correct.   The fourth sentence eliminates (E). The phrase “unrivaled in his keen insight into the core arguments of the seminal works of his time” is another way to say that Orwell was skilled at dissecting the key ideas presented in the work of other authors.
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All-that-apply questions require consideration of each of the answer choices separately. In (A), objective criticism does describe Orwell’s approach, but the second part of the statement— that the criticism was tempered by mutual admiration— is proved false by Orwell’s negative review of his friend Wells’ work and the subsequent end of their friendship. Eliminate  ( A). The “invective-laden diatribe” in (B) is an unnecessarily extreme reference to Orwell’s review of Wells’ book. While it may be true that Orwell felt some competitive rivalry with his contemporaries, there is no evidence for this idea in the passage. Eliminate  ( B). The passage mentions both Orwell’s “unrivaled keen insight” and the fact that he did not allow his friendship with Wells to affect the review that he wrote. Therefore, there is support in the passage for both parts of statement  ( C), making this choice the only correct answer.
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This question asks for an accurate description of the effects of Orwell’s review of Mind at the End of Its Tether. The last two sentences of the passage talk about how the review ended Orwell and Wells’ friendship and the irony of Orwell’s negative review of the book given its similarities to his own novel, 1984. (B) is correct because it picks up on the fact that Orwell’s negative review of Mind at the End of Its Tether addressed themes also   found   in   1984.  ( A) is incorrect because sales of Mind at the End of Its Tether are not mentioned in the passage. (C), (D), and (E) all use extreme language—“ irrelevant,” “singular,” and “pinnacle”— that is not supported in the passage.
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