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OG_VPR # 19 It is a testimony to Roth’s _______ that he coul

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It is a testimony to Roth’s _______ that he could not quite bring himself to write a book as dull and flat as his original conception for his novel Everyman seemed to demand.

A) persistence

B) deterioration

C) talent

D) ambition

E) decline

F) genius


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Re: OG_VPR # 19 It is a testimony to Roth’s _______ that he coul [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2016, 07:05
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The sentence suggests that both Roth’s original conception and his execution were negative, but it relies on the contrast between these to create irony. While the “deterioration” and “decline” produce sentences alike in meaning, they do not capture the irony demanded by the use of the word “quite.” While “ambition” and “persistence” may each capture that irony, there are no other words that when paired with them would produce sentences alike in meaning. Thus the correct answer is talent (Choice C) and genius (Choice F).
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Re: OG_VPR # 19 It is a testimony to Roth’s _______ that he coul [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2017, 04:50
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Explanation

The sentence suggests that both Roth’s original conception and his execution were negative, but it relies on the contrast between these to create irony. While the “deterioration” and “decline” produce sentences alike in meaning, they do not capture the irony demanded by the use of the word “quite.” While “ambition” and “persistence” may each capture that irony, there are no other words that when paired with them would produce sentences alike in meaning. Thus the correct answer is talent (Choice C) and genius (Choice F).



Hi,
Could you please elaborate a little further? I found the same explanation in the ETS Verbal book. I just don't see the irony as mentioned in the answer. My understanding of the sentence is as follows -

His original conception/idea for his novel was boring/dull. He realized this fact and did not go forward with original dull and boring conception/idea and instead, he wrote a novel which was far from dull and boring, meaning his execution was positive.

What do you think?
Re: OG_VPR # 19 It is a testimony to Roth’s _______ that he coul   [#permalink] 04 Oct 2017, 04:50
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