ACT Reading 1.2 Humanities Passage
ACT Reading: Humanities Passage Drill 1, Problem 2. What distinction does the passage make between Hamlet and Julius Caesar and the other plays written in what the passage calls Shakespeare's "tragic period"?
|ACT Reading||Humanities Passage|
Make comparisons between multiple texts
|Complex Inferences||Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama|
|Foreign Language||Arabic Subtitled|
|Product Type||ACT Reading|
|Reading||Comparative Relationships (Compare and Contrast)|
|Reading Informational Text||Analyze how an author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events|
for a contrast, or difference, between Hamlet and Julius Caesar...
...and Shakespeare's other "tragic period" plays.
Hamlet and Caesar might think they're superior...
But Professor Bradley doesn't claim such a thing in his lecture. According to the Prof,
this is not what sets them apart.
Although the passage does ponder whether Shakespeare was going through some tough times...
...which influenced him to write more tragedies...
...it doesn't mention any of Shakespeare's plays containing more autobiographical info
Choice (D) is not the answer we're looking for...
The passage, in fact, says the opposite of choice (C), stating that both Hamlet and Brutus
are characters that don't succumb to their passions.
Choice (B) is the way to go. The passage does point out how both Hamlet and Brutus are smart
guys whose passions don't bring them down.