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#16- Must Be True

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Could somebody please explain why E is wrong?
James Finch
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Hi CT,

The key to this question is understanding the distinction being made in the sentence on lines 29-35. This distinction is between Hong's "thematic" storytelling and a more rigorously chronological or sequential storytelling. The "personally remembered stories" is listed as an essential ingredient for Hong's literary recipe, which can be inferred to place more emphasis on broader themes than precise and accurate retelling of events. So we're looking for an answer choice that is referring to a definition of "personally remembered story" which would emphasize themes over precise recounting of events, although it wouldn't be alone (there are multiple stories) and wouldn't necessarily be thematically organized (as this is what Hong herself does).

Answer choice (A) goes too far, as it describes a "genre" of storytelling. To me, this sounds like a memoir, while what the passage is describing sounds more like interviews or diary entries.

(B) conflates Hong's work (thematically organizing the stories) with the stories themselves, making it also incorrect.

(C) seems to work, as the individual idiosyncrasies could be seen as distinguishing these stories from 100% accurate recounting of events. Contender.

(D) is an opposite answer, describing exactly what these stories are not. Loser.

(E) describes the themes themselves, which is what Hong is organizing these stories around, rather than the stories. A big clue here is the use of "easily identifiable" which isn't a part of the sentence in the passage, as well as "in literature," as the stories may contain themes seen in literature, but the stories themselves should be individual and somewhat unique.

Hope this clears things up!