AP English Language and Composition 2.3 Passage Drill
AP English Language and Composition: Passage Drill 2, Problem 3. The subject of the passage can best be described as what?
|AP English Language and Composition||Passage Drill|
|Comprehension and Inference||Theme/Subject|
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You done? All right.
The subject of the passage can best be described as... what?
And here are the potential answers.
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Okay, well, here we go. So, what's this question asking?
Well, it wants to know about the subject of the entire passage.
Not one paragraph, not one line, the whole kit and caboodle.
Not really any shortcuts here. We kind of have to
read the whole thing from start to finish
and hopefully form some sense of what it's all about.
Let's start with A.
Is it about the precariousness of civil war?
Well, there's no doubt war can be described as precarious,
but it's pretty broad. This passage is referring specifically
to one king and one war
and doesn't seem to be making a commentary about war in general,
which would nix option B, too.
So it's gone. All right, what about C -
a revolt of secular followers against religious governments?
Huh. We didn't even get into the religion thing until
later in the passage, so it has to be more than that.
E - the origins of a historical lapse in diplomacy?
Well, it might be.
But the passage doesn't really place this event in
a historical perspective, so we can't be sure.
D is the best answer.
The difficulties facing the king at the start of the civil war.
Yeah, everything in the passage relates to that one:
botched negotiations, lazy and incompetent underlings,
a reputation as a dupe.
When you think about it,
it's kind of incredible the guy never ran for U.S. Congress.
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