- Fri Sep 10, 2021 11:13 am
I had the same reasoning identified in Clay's response above, but I chose D ("delimits") instead. Honestly, I just had trouble interpreting this question - it asks for the word that best underscores the author's concerns, not the word and surrounding passage context.
While I understand how the concept of ostensible authorship summarizes the point of the passage, the word ostensible itself implies something along the lines of "appearing to be true but not necessarily." However, the passage never claims that readers of these autobiographies believe (or are duped into assuming) that the subject of the autobiography and the author are one in the same; it is simply says that readers often buy into the presumption that an edited narrative is literarily the same as one written by the subject him/herself. It seems to me that the author's primary concern is that the bias/perspective of the real author alters the literary characteristics of the autobiography, and that is something readers and analysts need to take into account. With that in mind, I felt that "delimits" better defined the author's concern regarding the narrators' handling of a subject's story - the author would deem a "delimited" editor's work more authentic, as mentioned in the third paragraph.
Ultimately, I didn't really like any of the words, I just thought delimit was better than ostensible in the abstract. So, should these kinds of questions be interpreted to mean that the surrounding context of the word's usage should be included in one's analysis?