Logical Reasoning - Analyzing Arguments - Discussion

Read the paragraph carefully and determine the main point the author is trying to make. What conclusion can be drawn from the argument? Each paragraph is followed by five statements.One statement supports the author's argument better than the others do.


One New York publisher has estimated that 50,000 to 60,000 people in the United States want an anthology that includes the complete works of William Shakespeare. And what accounts for this renewed interest in Shakespeare? As scholars point out, his psychological insights into both male and female characters are amazing even today.
This paragraph best supports the statement that

[A]. Shakespeare's characters are more interesting than fictional characters today.
[B]. people even today are interested in Shakespeare's work because of the characters.
[C]. academic scholars are putting together an anthology of Shakespeare's work.
[D]. New Yorkers have a renewed interested in the work of Shakespeare.
[E]. Shakespeare was a psychiatrist as well as a playwright.

Answer: Option B


The last sentence in the paragraph clearly gives support for the idea that the interest in Shakespeare is due to the development of his characters. Choice a is incorrect because the writer never makes this type of comparison. Choice c is wrong because even though scholars are mentioned in the paragraph, there is no indication that the scholars are compiling the anthology. Choice d is wrong because there is no support to show that most New Yorkers are interested in this work. There is no support for choice e either.

Kivi312 said: (Mar 31, 2016)  
The last sentence speaks about psychological insight. There is a possibility of Sh. The ability of psych work.

Pankaj Kumar said: (Apr 4, 2016)  
But option C is related to arguments also.

Kumar said: (Sep 28, 2016)  
No, option c is the correct one.

Ramya said: (Oct 27, 2016)  
I agree that the option B is the exact answer.

Firoz said: (Sep 20, 2017)  
But option E sum it all up. The ability of Shakespeare to asses the minds of male and female. That stood the change of time. So wouldn't it conclude that is psychiatric in nature?

Kinjal said: (Nov 15, 2017)  
There is an indication in the paragraph that 50000-60000 people want an anthology of Shakespeare (and these people mainly Academic scholars clearly show the highest amount of interest in his psychological insights).

So Option C would be the most logical assumption.

Tomaes said: (Apr 17, 2018)  
C is incorrect because the question states that the scholars are the ones who put the anthology of Shakespeare's work, however in the text it clearly says that people want the anthology and the scholars point out the psychological insights of female and male characters, not them who are putting it together.

Anomii said: (Apr 17, 2018)  
Also, option E is incorrect as it was never mentioned in the text that Shakespeare is a playwright, even though we know this by common sense. But the question specifically asks us what this paragraph supports so E cannot be the answer.

Saptarshi Das said: (Mar 8, 2020)  
Option C is incorrect as the above para speaks about the no.of new yorkers who would want a complete anthology of shakespeare's works and nothing is mentioned about academic scholars.

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