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Stories are a haunted genre; hardly (i) ___________ kind of story, the ghost story is almost the paradigm of the form, and (ii) __________ was undoubtedly one effect that Poe had in mind when he wrote about how stories work.




Blank (i) Blank (ii)
(A) a debased (D) pessimism
(B) a normative (E) goosebumps
(C) a meticulous (F) curiosity


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A and E
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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Re: Stories are a haunted genre; hardly (i) kind of story, the g [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2017, 06:24
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please explain why debased is the answer for blank 1
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Re: Stories are a haunted genre; hardly (i) kind of story, the g [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2017, 10:04
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please explain why debased is the answer for blank 1


The gist stories hardly are low in quality. As such, Poe had this in mind when he wrote these novels.

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Re: Stories are a haunted genre; hardly (i) kind of story, the g [#permalink] New post 12 Apr 2018, 12:28
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This is a really tricky question, because debased has two meanings. Both of these meanings fit in context, but only one of them conveys the meaning that the author is trying to convey.

Debased can, first of all, mean something is bad or morally wrong. For instance, we might say that a murderer is debased.

Debased can also mean lowered in quality or value. For instance, when they lower the percentage of gold in a gold coin, it is debased.

The author is intending to say that stories in general are "haunted" in the sense that they owe a lot to horror stories. So, he's saying that ghost stories are hardly "debased" (lower in quality than normal stories), because they are the paradigm (or the most typical example) of the story.

The author is not trying to say anything about whether ghost stories are morally wrong.
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Re: Stories are a haunted genre; hardly (i) kind of story, the g [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2018, 08:53
I wonder why "goosebumps" is the correct answer in the second slot? Any hidden clues? Thanks
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Re: Stories are a haunted genre; hardly (i) kind of story, the g [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2018, 12:42
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For POE elimination.

Edgar Allan Poe almost always wrote horror or horror/related story. So D and F are not possible in this scenario.

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