DISCUSSION: The purpose of the passage is to describe Kate Chopin’s style and literary influences.
- We’re not told anything about Chopin’s life. Were her books successful? Did she marry? Where did she live? We have no idea.
- CORRECT. The best answer. We see the evolution of women’s literature from sentiment to local color to New Women, and we’re told how this influenced Chopin.
- The passage didn’t say whether Chopin was a typical example of women’s literature. She doesn’t appear to fit neatly into any category.
- The passage didn’t discuss Chopin’s external social circumstances. E.g. Was she rich/poor? In good health/sick? Married/single? Urban/rural?
- The passage never says whether Chopin’s books are better than other books. The author doesn’t specify what’s good and bad about Chopin compared to other authors.
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