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Joyce Carol Oates published her first collection of short stories, By The North Gate, in 1963, two years after she had received her master's degree from the University of Wisconsin and become an instructor of English at the University of Detroit. Her productivity since then has been prodigious, accumulating in less than two decades to nearly thirty titles, including novels, collections of short stories and verse, play, and literary criticism. In the meantime, she ahs continued to teach, moving in 1967 from the University of Detroit to the University of Windsor, in Ontario, and, in 1978, to Princeton University. Reviewers have admired her enormous energy, but find a productivity of such magnitude difficult to assess.
In a period characterized by the abandonment of so much of the realistic tradition by authors such as John Barth, Donald Barthelme, and Thomas Pynchon, Joyce Carol Oates has seemed at times determinedly old-fashioned in her insistence on the essentially mimetic quality of her fiction. Hers is a world of violence, insanity, fractured love, and hopeless loneliness. Although some of it appears to come from her own direct observations, her dreams, and her fears, much more is clearly from the experiences of others. Her first novel, With Shuddering Fall (1964), dealt with stock car racing, though she had never seen a race. In Them (1969) she focused on Detroit from the Depression through the riots of 1967, drawing much of her material from the deep impression made on her by the problems of one of her students. Whatever the
source and however shocking the events or the motivations, however, her fictive world remains strikingly akin to that real one reflected in the daily newspapers, the television news and talk shows, and popular magazines of our day.


What is the main purpose of the passage?
(A) To review Oates' By the North Gate
(B) To compare some modern writers
(C) To describe Oates' childhood
(D) To outline Oates' career

Which of the following would Joyce Carol Oates be most likely to write?
(A) A story with an unhappy ending
(B) A romance novel set in the nineteenth century
(C) A science fiction novel
(D) A dialogue for a talk show

1st question is so simple , the second one a wee bit more challenging!

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Option D:To outline Oates' career

Throughout the passage Oath writing career is discussed.

2.

Her fictive world remains strikingly akin to that real one reflected in the daily newspapers, the television news and talk shows, and popular magazines of our day

Option D:A dialogue for a talk show

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1st answer indeed is D

but

2nd answer is A
A story with an unhappy ending

"drawing much of her material from the deep impression made on her by the problems of one of her students. Whatever the
source and however shocking the events or the motivations"

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Obvious choice for 1 -> d

For 2nd , i will also stick with 'option - a' , but i chose this option coz of -

"Hers is a world of violence, insanity, fractured love, and hopeless loneliness. "

According to line above - it seems she is pessimistic . So i will go with option (a) ->A story with an unhappy ending

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arora007 wrote:
1st answer indeed is D

but

2nd answer is A
A story with an unhappy ending

"drawing much of her material from the deep impression made on her by the problems of one of her students. Whatever the
source and however shocking the events or the motivations"
More info on the second question can be derived from Hers is a world of violence, insanity, fractured love, and hopeless loneliness.[/b]

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1) D
2) A

These are my choices and i think the answers are pretty straight forward.

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1 D
2 prossibly A. the author wrote about depression, so the answer could be A. However, there is no information about the ending of each story.

What are the OAs?

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Well I suppose 2nd question is an inference (not explicitly stated, however must be true)question.. therfore A for 2nd question.
what is the OA

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D & A

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Q1. D
because her career was discussed throughout the passage.

Q2. A
probably it is an inference question.

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the first question is easy and I'm sure that D should be the correct answer. However, the second question is a bit tricky. But if you read the things a little carefully, A should be the correct answer.

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For the 2nd question, answer is in the below sentence -
Hers is a world of violence, insanity, fractured love, and hopeless loneliness

arora007 wrote:
1st answer indeed is D

but

2nd answer is A
A story with an unhappy ending

"drawing much of her material from the deep impression made on her by the problems of one of her students. Whatever the
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IMO D A

1. D : Very obvious
2. A : " drawing much of her material from the deep impression made on her by the problems of one of her students."

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In a period characterized by the abandonment of so much of the realistic tradition by authors such as John Barth, Donald Barthelme, and Thomas Pynchon, Joyce Carol Oates has seemed at times determinedly old-fashioned in her insistence on the essentially mimetic quality of her fiction.

I have trouble understadign the above. does it mean she writes about fiction or not?

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