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# Dramatic literature often _____ the history of a culture in

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Dramatic literature often _____ the history of a culture in [#permalink]  09 Jan 2017, 08:13
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Dramatic literature often _____ the history of a culture in that it takes as its subject matter the important events that have shaped and guided the culture.

 Blank (i) (A) confounds (B) repudiates (C) recapitulates (D) anticipates (E) polarizes
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Re: Dramatic literature often _____ the history of a culture in [#permalink]  12 Jan 2017, 03:16
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“Confounds,” “repudiates,” and “polarizes” do not fit the basic sense of the passage we’ve come up with. So let’s focus on “recapitulates” and “anticipates.” Does “anticipates” work? This would require literature to anticipate the history of the culture, in a sense predicting it or happening before the events themselves–that’s an interesting hypothesis but not the one suggested by the tense of the passage, where the subject matter are the events that “have shaped” the culture. We’re left with “recapitulates.” Rereading the sentence with this word, we find that the first part of the sentence now indeed reflects the second part in both the connection of literature and history and their causal order.
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