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I enjoyed A Dream of Light & Shadow

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I enjoyed A Dream of Light & Shadow [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2016, 05:21
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I enjoyed A Dream of Light & Shadow: Portraits of Latin American Women Writers for the same reasons that, as a child, I avidly consumed women’s biographies: the fascination with how the biographical details of another female’s life are represented and interpreted. A Dream offers a rich read, varied in both the lives and texts of the women portrayed, and the perspectives and styles of the sixteen essayists. Yet, as an adult, I have come to demand of any really “great” book a self-consciousness about the tenuous nature of representations of reality, a critical contextualization of florid detail, and a self-awareness of the role of ideology in our lives. In these critical senses, A Dream is
inadequate.
1. The author of the passage suggests that A Dream falls short in which of the following respects?
A) It does not appear to recognize that representations of reality can be unreliable.
B) It seems to focus on stylistic variety at the expense of accuracy of detail.
C) It offers a wealth of detail without sufficient critical examination of that detail.

[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
A,C


2. Which of the following best describes the function of the second sentence (“A Dream . . . essayists”) in the context of the passage as a whole?
A) To give examples of how A Dream presents fascinating portraits that display awareness of the tenuous nature of representations of reality
B) To elaborate on how A Dream fulfills the author’s childhood criteria for a pleasurable book
C) To suggest that the author enjoyed A Dream for reasons more sophisticated than the reasons she enjoyed certain books as a child
D) To illustrate ways in which the author finds A Dream to be inadequate in certain critical senses
E) To imply that A Dream is too varied in focus to provide a proper contextualization of the biographical details it offers

[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
B



3. During the day in Lake Constance, the zooplankton D. hyalina departs for the depths where food is scarce and the water cold. D. galeata remains near the warm surface where food is abundant. Even though D. galeata grows and reproduces much faster, its population is often outnumbered by D. hyalina.
Which of the following, if true, would help resolve the apparent paradox presented above?
A) The number of species of zooplankton living at the bottom of the lake is twice that of species living at the surface.
B) Predators of zooplankton, such as whitefish and perch, live and feed near the surface of the lake during the day.
C) In order to make the most of scarce food resources, D. hyalina matures more slowly than D. galeata.
D) D. galeata clusters under vegetation during the hottest part of the day to avoid the Sun’s rays.
E) D. galeata produces twice as many offspring per individual in any given period of time as does D. hyalina.
[Reveal] Spoiler:
B



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Re: I enjoyed A Dream of Light & Shadow [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2016, 05:26
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1.Choices A and C are correct.
We know from the final sentence that the collection falls short of several criteria established by the author. Choice A is correct: the book does not demonstrate sufficient awareness of the “tenuous nature of representations of reality.” Choice B is incorrect: there is no mention in the passage of any concern on the part of the author about the accuracy of detail.
Choice C is correct: the book does not offer an adequate “critical contextualization of florid detail.”

2. B
This question asks about the function of the second sentence. The correct choice is Choice B. As discussed in the description of the passage, that sentence describes what
is appealing about the collection in the context of the author’s childhood tastes. Choice A is incorrect both because the sentence does not provide examples and because the collection does not display an awareness of the tenuous nature of representations of reality. Choice C is not correct: although one might suspect that the author’s enjoyment of
collections as an adult would be on a more sophisticated level than when she was young, there is no discussion or even suggestion of that in the passage. Choice D is incorrect because the sentence describes the virtues of the collection. The aspects of the collection that the author finds inadequate are not addressed until later. Choice E is incorrect because,
according to the passage, the fact that the collection is varied makes it a “rich” read. There is no suggestion that the variety hinders proper contextualization.

3. B
The presence of predators of zooplankton feeding near the surface during the day would suggest that D. galeata is consumed at a higher rate than D. hyalina: this would
explain why D. hyalina is often more numerous, so Choice B is correct. Choices C and E are incorrect because although they help to explain why the two zooplankton reproduce
at different rates, they do not help to resolve the apparent paradox. Choices A and D are incorrect because nothing is said in the paragraph to show the relevance of the
presence of other species of zooplankton, nor of the habit of clustering under vegetation, to the relative population size of the two species.
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