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June 2007, Passage 1, Question 3

The content provides an in-depth analysis of how to approach a detail question on the GRE, specifically focusing on identifying the correct answer by understanding the passage's conveyed views on poetry and fiction in the US.
  • Detail questions require locating information explicitly stated in the passage.
  • The passage discusses the conventional wisdom in the US that poetry and fiction should remain distinct, with poetry being elliptical and lyrical, and fiction focusing on characters and narratives.
  • The correct answer (A) reflects the passage's view that poetry should not involve characters or narratives, which are typically reserved for fiction.
  • Other answer choices are incorrect because they either distort the passage's information or introduce unsupported claims.
  • Understanding the passage's explicit statements and avoiding overinterpretation or distortion of facts are key to answering detail questions accurately.
Understanding Detail Questions
Identifying Correct Answers
Analyzing Incorrect Answers