DISCUSSION: For inference questions, you should try to justify your answer by finding a reference in the passage. Otherwise you risk choosing a trap answer.
- Line 12 says that no one else had attempted a book with the narrative structure of a genre of music.
- The structure of Morrison’s book was based on jazz. We don’t know what the book’s theme was. Morrison may not have focussed on the milieu that jazz musicians lived and worked in.
- See lines 27-31. It’s easy to distinguish individual characters. But, they must follow the narrator’s lead.
- CORRECT. See the third paragraph. Ellington’s soloists are always under his control, and Morrison’s characters always follow the lead of the narrator. There’s more than a simple shift between individual and ensemble.
- It seems that Ellington made his transitions appear easy as well. This is actually a similarity between Ellington’s jazz performances and Morrison’s novel’s shifts between narrator and individual characters.
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