GRE Reading Comprehension
Initially the Vinaver theory that Malory's eight romances, once thought to be fundamentally unified. were in fact eight independent works produced both a sense of relief and an unpleasant shock. Vinaver's theory comfortably explained away the apparent contradictions of chronology and made each romance independently satisfying. It was, however, disagreeable to find that what had been thought of as one book was now eight books. Part of this response was the natural reaction to the disturbance of set ideas. Nevertheless, even now, after lengthy consideration of the theory's refined but legitimate observations, one cannot avoid the conclusion that the eight romances are only one work. It is not quite a matter of disagreeing with the theory of independence, but of rejecting its implications: that the romances may be taken in any or no particular order, that they have no cumulative effect, and that they are as separate as the works of a modern novelist.
It can be inferred from the passage that the author believes which of the following about Malory's works?
- A There are meaningful links between and among the romances.
- B The subtleties of the romances are obscured when they are taken as one work.
- C Any contradictions in chronology among the romances are less important than their overall unity.
Correct Answer: AC