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What is the thesis or controlling opinion in this passage?
"There is an instinctive sense of this, even in the midst of the grotesque confusion of our economic being; people feel that there is something profane, something impious, in taking money for a picture, or a poem, or a statue."
"I think that every man ought to work for his living, without exception ..."
"...once avouched his willingness to work, society should provide him with work and warrant him a living."
"Business is the opprobrium of Literature."
“Without a market for his wares he must perish, or turn to making something that will sell better than pictures, or poems, or statues.”
What is the philosophical dilemma in this passage?
Artists should be supported and allowed to work on their art without worrying about money.
Art should be free to the viewer; however, many artists know they would starve unless they make art that people will buy.
A priest and a doctor get paid for performing their services, so an artist should too.
Even though artists create beauty, they are getting paid way too much, especially considering the relatively little that writers get paid.
Artists in general should assert their willingness to work.
What rhetorical strategy is contained in the examples of the doctor, the priest, and the justice?
Appeal to authority
Which sentence best supports the writer's claim that a man should not live by an art?
Unless he sells his art he cannot live, that society will leave him to starve if he does not hit its fancy in a picture, or a poem, or a statue.
Its (art's) results should be free to all.
When he has once avouched his willingness to work, society should provide him with work and warrant him a living.
A man's art should be his privilege, when he has proven his fitness to exercise it.
Without a market to sell his product, there’s no point in an artist’s perseverance in his craft.
The author would be critical of a work of literature if it were
too fanciful and not grounded in truth
unable to contain the author’s intent
misinterpreted by the general readership
too literal and without imaginative appeal
emotional at the expense of being intellectual
According to the author, what separates poets from other artists?
They use a much wider range of vocabulary to express themselves.
They are more objective about their own work.
They are more deeply connected to their own work.
They are less subjective about their own work.
They are unable to produce as varied a body of work.
How does the author view the idea of commerce as it is connected to the arts?
He sees it as a necessary evil in his current society.
He wishes that all artists got paid the same so they could focus freely on the kind of art they wanted to make.
He worries that talented artists like him will not make much money.
He believes it causes artists to focus only on radical new works of art and not on the message in their hearts.
He does not see it as a motivating component in the life on an artist.
The word “awaken” in the third paragraph most nearly means
Which of the following is NOT true of literature, according to the writer?
It can create an emotional response.
It can trigger the senses.
It is an intimate art form.
It is extremely articulate compared with other forms of expression.
It can cause suffering to the artists who practice it.
Which of the following is the purpose of the fourth paragraph?
to introduce an example
to describe a type of art
to refute a previous notion
to explain in more detail a thesis
to discuss the consequences of being a painter
Who is the “unsophisticated witness” mentioned in the last paragraph?
a hypothetical bystander
the author himself
With which of the following sentiments about “human brotherhood” would the author most likely agree?
Artists and businessmen are not in the same brotherhood.
Poets should stand aloof, and refrain from joining the human brotherhood.
The human brotherhood should support and nurture artists.
The average human being does not owe anything to other human beings.
The brotherhood unequivocally violates the eternal fitness of things.
The tone of the passage could best be described as
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