DISCUSSION: The main point of the passage is to defend Ellison against his critics.
- The passage never said whether Ellison was better or worse than other novelists.
- Jazz wasn’t necessary to the argument. The author could have used any African-American art form that drew on foreign influences.
- The author didn’t say whether Ellison’s work was relevant to the political struggles of African-Americans in 1952. The last paragraph says that Ellison’s novel is linked to the African-American community, but political and social issues aren’t mentioned.
- CORRECT. The criticism comes in the first paragraph. The rest of the passage argues against the critics.
- Huh? The passage never said if Ellison’s novel was “art for art’s sake”. And it never said whether political novels were good or bad.
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