GMAT-Reading Comprehension



Great comic art is never otherworldly, it does not seek to mystify us, and it does not deny ambiguity by branding as evil whatever differs from good. Great comic artists assume that truth may bear all lights, and thus they seek to accentuate contradictions in social action, not gloss over or transcend them by appeals to extra social symbols of divine ends, cosmic purpose, or laws of nature. The moment of transcendence in great comic art is a social moment, born out of the conviction that we are human, even though we try to be gods. The comic community to which artists address themselves is a community of reasoning loving, joyful, compassionate beings, who are willing to assume the human risks of acting rationally. Without invoking gods or demons, great comic art arouses courage in reason; courage which grows out of trust in what human beings can do as humans.

(The difficult words in this passage are
otherworldly (strange), mystify (puzzle), ambiguity (doubt), accentuate (emphasize), gloss over (disregard), transcend (go beyond), compassionate (sympathetic) and rationally (logically).


3. Which of the following is the most accurate description of the organization of the passage?

(A) A sequence of observations leading to a prediction

(B) A list of inferences drawn from facts stated at the beginning of the passage

(C) A series of assertions related to one general subject

(D) A statement of the major idea, followed by specific examples

(E) A succession of ideas moving from specific to general


This is a ‘Technique’ question, and should be answered by examining each answer choice and eliminating the inappropriate ones. Since there is no ‘prediction’ regarding comic art in the passage, (A) is wrong.

Each sentence in the passage stands by itself, and describes a fact about comic art and comic artists. The passage does not therefore form a ‘list of inferences’ based on a set of facts. So, (B) is also wrong.

(D) is wrong because no specific examples of comic artists are enumerated in the passage.

(E) is wrong because all the ideas in the passage are general in nature, and there is no transition of ideas from the specific to the general.

(C) is the best choice, because the passage contains a series of assertions about one general subject, namely, great comic art.

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