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Reading Comprehension: Application Questions

The author of the passage would most likely agree with which of the following statements about literary works?

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We know that literary devices are used to imply, not state, meaning. Therefore, one must use go beyond what is stated in a literary work (i.e. analyze) in order to understand the implied meaning in a work which contains literary devices.

Incorrect.

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We have no information from the passage to support this statement. Although it is logical to think that the author finds literary devices a valuable tool in writing literary works, we do not know that a work's literary devices are the only reason it is considered valuable.

Incorrect.

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The passage tells us that literary devices may be used to mask themes or lessons within a literary work, but we cannot infer that all literary works do so.

Incorrect.

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This statement goes beyond the scope of the passage. We know that literary devices are used to create meaning in a literary work, but these added meanings may both complicate or simplify an interpretation the work.

Incorrect.

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This answer choice goes too far by assuming that literary devices are an author's sole means of creating meaning. However, this assumption is not supported by any information in the passage.

Their value comes from the creative use of literary devices.
Understanding the full meaning of literary works requires analyzing their literary devices.
Their themes are masked by the use of literary devices.
Their interpretation is made simpler with the use of literary devices.
They do not have meaning unless the author uses literary devices.