Reading Comprehension: Inference Questions

It may be inferred that a reader may interpret a literary work

Correct!

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The author of our passage makes it clear that any interpretation, even one that is completely original (i.e. that even the author did not intend) may be made of a literary work as long as it can be supported by information from the text.

Incorrect.

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This answer choice is too extreme. The passage tells us that literary devices do indeed help a reader to interpret a literary work. However, we have no information that suggests that there are no other methods of interpreting a text.

Incorrect.

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Nothing in the passage suggests that interpretation must be defended or not be others. If anything, the passage states that the interpretation must be based on a believable reference in the text, which implies that other readers must be convinced of the interpretation.

Incorrect.

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This answer choices goes beyond the scope of the passage. The passage does not discuss how one becomes familiar with literary devices at all, only the way in which these devices can be used.

Incorrect.

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This answer choice incorrectly presumes that a reader cannot interpret a literary work without literary devices. However, the passage only tells us that literary devices are a way that readers can interpret a text, not the only way to do so.

only through its literary devices
without defending the interpretation to other readers
in a way the author of the work did not intend
if he or she has been trained in identifying literary devices
unless an author uses literary devices to obscure the text's meaning

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