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Without the need for genius and with tradition placed at the

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Without the need for genius and with tradition placed at the (i)____ of our understanding of what architecture is, Scruton gives a critical appraisal of the classical vernacular, defending it against its (ii)___ and regarding its merits when set beside the legacy of modernism. The good manners of the classical pattern book provide guidance for the educated builder, whereas the extravagant intellectualism of the would-be modernist genius is a(n) (iii) ____ to any who would live in an educated community.


Blank (i) Blank (ii) Blank (iii)
fringe devotee homage
centre detractors gospel
borderline patrons affront
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Re: Without the need for genius and with tradition placed at the [#permalink] New post 21 Apr 2020, 16:07
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Re: Without the need for genius and with tradition placed at the [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2020, 22:54
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To solve this, one must take it as a reading problem by finding out what exactly is Scruton's idea.
Here, [S's idea] = [tradition at the (i)] = [without genius] = [not classical vernacular] because "Scruton gives a critical appraisal of the classical vernacular". The second sentence further explained S's idea by rejecting [extravagant intellectualism].
So here's how 3 blanks are settled:
i): Since "fringe" = "borderline", only B is possible.
ii): S defended his idea against its(the idea's) detractors, naturally.
iii): Since the second sentence is S's idea, S's assessment towards [intellectualism] is negative. Only "affront" is possible.
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