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Reading Comprehension – Philosophy

“Both Vladimir Nabokov and Virginia Woolf detail memories of having intense shocks into consciousness during their early childhoods, where they are suddenly aware that they are beings alive, in a reality governed by temporality and humanistic revelations. It appears particularly for Woolf that these openings or births of consciousness are also the birth of her own personal philosophy.

I argue that the impression of this opening of consciousness for both Nabokov and Woolf, the moment that they realized they were sentient, alive, temporal beings in reality, represented a new birth, into a new creative cosmos, a birth into the realities that are available to everyone, but also others that are more hidden and subtle – the realities of the artist.” Source: Inquiriesjournal.com

The author is primarily concerned with

A. discovering Virginia Woolf’s personal philosophy
B. exploring the hidden and subtle realities of the artist
C. showing that Nabokov and Woolf’s opening of consciousness represented a creative breakthrough
D. understanding the early childhoods of prominent artists
E. arguing that Nabokov and Woolf realized they were sentient beings in their childhood

Answer

CORRECT ANSWER = (C) – The author’s presence is clearly seen in the sentence of “I argue that the impression of this opening of consciousness for both Nabokov and Woolf, the moment that they realized they were sentient, alive, temporal beings in reality, represented a new birth”. The point is to convince the reader of the truth of her argument.

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