1) The way the author lays out her argument may most accurately be characterized as
A)a list of grievances
B) a cost-benefit analysis
C) a point-counterpoint presentation
D) a meditation on society and culture.
2) Which TWO statements may be said to be characteristic of the author’
A) Men and women should live in harmony.
B) Men have never properly understood women.
C) Men’s rule of society has been tyrannical
D) Men and women have separate roles to fulfill
E) Men have victimized women throughout history,
Answer: Men have never properly understood women. Men have victimized women throughout history. These two statements may be said to be characteristic of the author’s argument.
In literature, an author’s argument is a succinct explanation, frequently written in prose, of a poem, a piece of a poem, or another work. It frequently follows the introduction to each chapter, book, or canto. They were popular in the Renaissance and used to help readers find their way around a big work.
In the second edition of Paradise Lost, which was released in 1674, John Milton provided justifications for every one of the novel’s twelve books (the original ten-book edition of 1667 did not include them). They give a brief but frequently oversimplified summary of what happens in the book. Still, they don’t appear to be meant to be interpretive and are only occasionally used by critics.