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An esteemed literary critic, Mr. Wood has put together a (i)

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An esteemed literary critic, Mr. Wood has put together a (i) [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2017, 14:47
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An esteemed literary critic, Mr. Wood has put together a (i) ________ volume about literary technique, his playful exuberance (ii) ______ the dry, jargon-strewn tradition of academic criticism. Mr. Wood can't claim to be (iii) ___________; he has restricted himself to citations available in his personal library. Nor does he attempt to be methodical, as chapters proceed in higgledy-piggledy fashion. But few books about novel writing provide such insights into the craft.




Blank (i) Blank (ii)Blank (iii)
(A) deft (D) wonderfully at odds with (G) entertaining
(B) pretentious (E) heavily influenced by(H) accessible
(C) comprehensive (F) largely superseded by(I) thorough
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Re: An esteemed literary critic, Mr. Wood has put together a (i) [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2017, 09:09
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The first part of the sentence is positive about the work of Wood but the second one contains a critique.

Mr. Wood made a good job deft, counteracting the jargon of academic wonderfully at odds with. However, he can not say that his work is fully complete or thorough
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Re: An esteemed literary critic, Mr. Wood has put together a (i) [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2017, 02:22
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Why not option 'comprehensive' for first blank and why the answer is 'deft' ?
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Re: An esteemed literary critic, Mr. Wood has put together a (i) [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2017, 02:26
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SidharthSingla wrote:
Why not option 'comprehensive' for first blank and why the answer is 'deft' ?


deft = skillful or able

The clue is the last sentence

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But few books about novel writing provide such insights into the craft.


Craft means the way you create something. Here the book is well crafted, which means you do have some sort of skill to do so in a good manner.

Hope now is clear.

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Re: An esteemed literary critic, Mr. Wood has put together a (i) [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2017, 02:33
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Got it now, Thanks for clarification.
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Re: An esteemed literary critic, Mr. Wood has put together a (i) [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2018, 22:52
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Why Can't it be ACCESSIBLE for the 3rd Blank ?

As he is Restricted to Personal Library Citations
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Re: An esteemed literary critic, Mr. Wood has put together a (i) [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2018, 16:38
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Yiddo_Bhushan wrote:
Why Can't it be ACCESSIBLE for the 3rd Blank ?

As he is Restricted to Personal Library Citations


Because if he was not accessible, he wouldn't provide those citations as well.
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Re: An esteemed literary critic, Mr. Wood has put together a (i) [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2018, 10:06
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A very interesting argument that can easily make one fall into a trap.
For the first blank, one can easily think that the answer is "comprehensive" because the word makes sense in the sentence, but, in reality, there is not a single clue about the volume to be comprehensive. Meanwhile, the author casts the clues to choose the word "deft," which means neatly and skillful. When the author contrasts the new volume with the old volume, the author uses adjectives for the old volumes that make us choose the word "deft" for the second blank. For the third blank, the text claims that the author did not use citations, which can help us to think that the author cannot be thorough.
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