DISCUSSION: Lines 33-34 help give us the answer. Dostoyevsky thought only true art could serve other goals. And lines 40-41 show that Dostoyevsky thought true literature was simply well-written literature.
- CORRECT. Read the lines mentioned above. Art can’t fulfill its purpose (political or otherwise) unless it is good art. For a book, that means the book must be well written.
- Lines 35-41 contradict this. Dostoyevsky thought a book was well written if it made the author’s thoughts clear.
- This is just dumb. There are plenty of terrible books that also have no political goal.
- If you picked this, you probably remembered lines 26-27, where Dostoyevsky disagreed that art must serve political goal.
But that doesn’t mean Dostoyevsky thinks art should never have political goals. It’s just that Dostoyevsky doesn’t think political goals are the main thing: he’s mainly concerned that books are good art. But if a book is well written, Dostoyevsky wouldn’t reject it merely because it also had a political goal.
Lines 35-41 imply that Dostoyevsky would agree political literature was well written if it expressed the author’s thoughts.
- There’s no reason that political literature must be bad literature. Lines 35-41 imply that Dostoyevsky would agree political literature was well written if it expressed the author’s thoughts.
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