ACT Reading 1.8 Humanities Passage
ACT Reading 1.8 Humanities Passage. Based on the tone and complexity of the passage, which of the following would be a reasonable assumption to make about the intended audience of this passage?
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We'll need a firm grasp on the overall feel of the passage, and the depth of information it presents.
Let's kick things off by checking out choice (C).
Could it be that A.C. was a total lady's man, wooing impressionable undergraduates
with his knowledge of Shakespeare's tragic period?
Sorry, Professor. There's no evidence that the audience was mostly women—in fact, since
this passage was published in 1904, almost all of A.C. Bradley's students were probably men.
So, (C) is definitely incorrect.
How about choice (B)?
Nah, the topic of discussion is Shakespeare's tragedies, but we don't get the impression
that the audience dislikes Shakespeare's comedies.
Except for maybe that one guy in the back who started booing when the Professor mentioned
Much Ado About Nothing.
Does choice (A) have it right?
Since the passage doesn't give us much background information about any of the plays, the author
assumes that the audience is already familiar with them.
Apparently, the Professor didn't have any patience for students who didn't do their homework.
The answer is (D).
A.C. assumes that his audience knows all the little details of plot and character, allowing
him to focus on loftier themes.
Yeah, yeah, we get it Professor...you're super smart.