ACT Reading 1.5 Humanities Passage

ACT Reading 1.5 Humanities Passage. Which of the following plays is mentioned as a tragedy that Shakespeare wrote early in his career prior to what the passage refers to as the playwright's "tragic period"?

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00:58

this one. Bradley gets a little convoluted sometimes...

01:03

So we'll refresh our memories and makes sure we pay attention to the order of these plays.

01:09

Looks like lines 23 through 24 are where the action is.

01:12

The professor straight up lists a bunch of plays, which Shakespeare wrote during his

01:16

tragic period, giving us an easy reference point.

01:22

Since both Julius Caesar and Othello appear on the list we can nix both (B) and (D), which

01:27

clearly belong to the "tragic period."

01:29

The final two choices are a little harder to choose between, since both As You Like

01:34

It and Romeo and Juliet were written before the tragic period.

01:40

So check out, in lines 10 through 12 the professor specifically says that Romeo and Juliet was

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written "in the early years of his career of authorship," cluing us in that (A) is the best answer.

01:52

Maybe Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet back then because he was young and in love.

01:56

Touche, Professor.