DISCUSSION: The three positions are the idealists (lines 3-4), the radicals (lines 5-9) and Dostoyevsky. The idealists are never mentioned again (In fact, I had to make up the name “idealists” to refer to them). The rest of the passage describes Dostoyevsky’s criticisms of the radicals.
- This isn’t true. The critics from lines 3-4 are never mentioned again; I’d hardly say we know them in much detail.
- This has the same problem as A. The idealists from lines 3-4 are never mentioned again, so we can hardly say the passage compared them to Dostoyevsky.
- CORRECT. Dostoyevsky’s view is the third position. Paragraphs 2-4 describe Dostoyevsky’s disagreements with the realists (the second position).
- There are two problems. First, the author never compares Dostoyevsky’s views with those of the idealists from lines 3-4. Second, the author never explicitly says whether he agrees Dostoyevsky was right and the realists were wrong.
- The author spends the entire passage telling us about Dostoyevsky’s criticisms of the realists (the second position). We can suspect the author agrees with Dostoyevsky and not the realists. There’s certainly no evidence for the opposite conclusion.
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