AP English Language and Composition 1.10 Comprehension
AP English Language and Composition: Comprehension Drill 1, Problem 10. The metaphor used in lines 62 and 63 is best interpreted to mean which of the following?
|AP English Language and Composition||Comprehension|
|Vocabulary||Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings|
the metaphor used in lines 62 and 63 is
best interpreted to mean which of the following?
And here are the potential answers. [multiple choice answers on screen]
[ mumbles ]
Even if we haven't heard our grandma use this
old school saying, we pick up what this passage is
putting down through context clues.
When the speaker mentions barbarians chucking Rembrandts
into trash cans, we get the picture that we're talking about some
crude dudes with no appreciation for art. [ burp ]
Choice B claims that these art-hating hooligans
came from outside Europe. [map of Europe with barbarians on ships]
However, the speaker specifically says that the barbarians
inherited the art, meaning
they were Europeans themselves. [barbarian lounges on couch with art on walls]
C also claims that these foolish barbarians were foreigners,
this time from the East. It's trying to fool us, [map of Europe with barbarians driving in from east]
because the metaphor refers to a "china shop."
Well, we already know that the barbarians were European.
Answer D gets the award for being most out of left field.
What on earth would a bull destroying things
in a china shop have to do with people being too busy
working to care about art?
Answer? Zilch. E is kinda in the right ballpark.
The barbarians definitely didn't appreciate art,
but chances are their lack of appreciation [artwork on fire in trash can]
isn't the thing that literally provoked their rampage.
Choice A hits the nail on the head.
Really, the metaphor is simple.
Bull destroying a china shop equals
barbarians destroying art.
[ moo ]