DISCUSSION: When you think you’ve found the right answer, look for it in the passage. You can always find it for detail questions, and then you’ll be 100% certain you’re correct.
Audiences are mentioned only once, in lines 26-29. Ellison argues his critics don’t think very much of audiences. The critics believe that audiences have narrow perspectives. Ellison thought differently, and those lines imply he thought audiences could understand his work.
- Who knows? Ellison simply may not have wanted to write a political novel. But he might have believed political novels were more successful.
- We aren’t told if Ellison’s work was popular and whether the criticism affected its popularity.
- CORRECT. Ellison’s work was unique and expressive (lines 24-26). He probably thought audiences could understand such a work. It’s hard to write a book you’re sure no one will want to read. Lines 26-29 show he thought audience had broad perspectives.
- This is never mentioned. The audience was only mentioned in lines 26-29.
- Lines 26-29 contradict this. Ellison thinks audiences don’t have narrow perspectives.
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