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(See the complete passage discussion here: lsat/viewtopic.php?t=11395)
The correct answer choice is (A)
The justification for the correct answer can be found on:
The question stem asks for the reason, according to the passage, that the critics dismissed The Wanderers. Relevant discussion is found in paragraph two of the passage, wherein the author states, at lines 27-30, that “there are those who are outright dismissive of The Wanderers because it contains an autobiographical framework and is populated with real-world characters.” The author goes on to discuss the critics’ balking at Mphahlele’s vision, because of the South African’s failure to provide a specific roadmap for its achievement.
Answer choice (A): This is the correct answer choice. The use of real-world characters was one of the specific criticisms discussed in reference to The Wanderers.
Answer choice (B): While the criticism referenced the autobiographical framework, it was the framework itself that was dismissed when questioning the book’s literary contribution, not the failure to present the book as an autobiography.
Answer choice (C): The relevant criticism concerning Mphahlele’s vision was not that the writer’s vision was unclear, but rather that the writer provided no specific instruction for bringing this vision to fruition.
Answer choice (D): While Mphahlele considers social criticism vital to any important work, this was not the basis of the criticisms discussed in the passage, so this answer choice is incorrect.
Answer choice (E): At no point does the passage refer to criticisms regarding Mphahlele’s emphasis on relationships.