DISCUSSION: You have to read around line 50 for context. The passage describes the ‘potent convention’ in the lines that follow.
Our lives do not arrange themselves into stories with recognizable shapes. That’s Shostak’s literary convention – the idea that lives can be described as stories.
- The word revelation doesn’t even occur in the passage, let alone near line 50.
- What dramatic emphasis? This has nothing to do with what’s discussed in lines 47-53.
- Shostak doesn’t compare Nisa to anyone else.
- Line 10 mentions that Nisa’s story is a metaphor for women’s experience, but this is far from line 50 and there’s no mention of poetry.
- CORRECT. Shostak’s describes Nisa’s life as though she were a character in a novel. See lines 51-53.
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