Questions 8-11 are based on the following passages.
An experimental version of the traditional scholarly methods course was designed to raise students' consciousness about the usefulness of traditional learning for any modern critic or theorist. To minimize the artificial aspects of the conventional course, the usual procedure of assigning a large number of small problems drawn from the entire range of historical periods was abandoned, though this procedure has the obvious advantage of at least superficially familiarizing students with a wide range of reference sources. Instead, students were engaged in a collective effort to do original work on a neglected eighteenth-century writer, Elizabeth Griffith, to give them an authentic experience of literary scholarship and to inspire them to take responsibility for the quality of their own work. Griffith's work presented a number of advantages for this particular pedagogical purpose. The body of extant scholarship on
Griffith was so tiny that it could all be read in a day. In addition, because Griffith was successful in the eighteenth century, her exclusion from the canon and virtual disappearance from literary history also helped raise issues concerning the current canon.
8. The author of the passage suggests that which of the following is a disadvantage of the strategy employed in the experimental scholarly methods course?
A. Students were not given an opportunity to study women writers outside the canon.
B. Students' original work would not be appreciated by recognized scholars.
C. Little scholarly work has been done on the work of Elizabeth Griffith.
D. Most of the students in the course had had little opportunity to study eighteenth-century literature.
E. Students were not given an opportunity to encounter certain sources of information that could prove useful in their future studies...…………