DISCUSSION: Lines 35-41 say what Dostoyevsky thought “artistic” meant. He said it means the author writes well, and is understood by his readers.
- Will the readers understand the author’s opinions? This doesn’t say.
- CORRECT. It sounds like readers will have no trouble understanding this author’s opinions, whatever they are. That was Dostoyevsky’s main criteria, see lines 35-41.
- “Attempted”? It doesn’t sound like this author was very good at making himself understood.
- We have no idea whether this author wrote well. He may have bored his readers to tears.
- Again, we have no evidence that the author was clear. Lines 35-41 show that Dostoyevsky thought clarity was the most important thing.
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