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(See the complete passage discussion here: lsat/viewtopic.php?t=14335)
The correct answer choice is (A)
This question tests your understanding of two key viewpoints: Kate Chopin’s and that of the local
colorists. In approaching each answer choice, you need to adopt Chopin’s perspective in evaluating
the work of the local colorists. As always, it is advantageous to have an understanding of the
structure of the passage: the section most relevant to proving the correct answer choice would be the
third paragraph of the passage, as well as the beginning of the fourth paragraph.
Answer choice (A): This is the correct answer choice. The local colorists mourned the demise of
the “women’s culture” (lines 23-24), but Chopin did not share this nostalgia (lines 38-39). It would
be reasonable to conclude, then, that Chopin would consider the local colorists’ idealization of
settings and objects formerly associated with “women’s culture” to be misguided.
Answer choice (B): This is a half-right, half-wrong answer choice. The local colorists did observe
their characters dispassionately, but Chopin never saw this as a downside. On the contrary: she
adopted their conventions to “solve a specific narrative problem” (lines 31-32). This answer choice is
Answer choice (C): There is no evidence to corroborate the view that the local colorists inspired
the New Women, let alone that this was their chief contribution to literature. This answer choice is
Answer choice (D): This is another half-right, half-wrong answer choice. The local colorists did
focus on regional life, but Chopin would not agree with the assertion that their focus somehow
prevented them from addressing the new realms opening up to women. This answer choice is
Answer choice (E): This is the Opposite answer. Chopin actually adopted the conventions of the
local colorists in portraying extreme psychological states without sentimentality (lines 32-34).