AP English Language and Composition 1.3 Comprehension
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AP English Language and Composition: Comprehension Drill 1, Problem 3. What can the "personality" that the speaker describes be characterized as?
|AP English Language and Composition||Comprehension|
|English I EOC Assessment||Inferences|
Not all in white.
[ mumbles ]
You done reading?
[ mumbles ]
[ mumbling continues ]
And we're done. Okay.
The "personality" that the speaker describes can be characterized
as one - efficient, two - expressive,
three - adventurous.
And here are the potential answers.
Hmm. Which? Which? One, two, three?
Couple of 'em? All of 'em? None of 'em? What do you think?
All right, well, the speaker tells us that Romans distrusted
personality, so we know that the speaker is defining this
artistic temperament by everything he thinks Romans are not.
Options A and B claim that one - efficiency is
a characteristic of the personality the author is describing.
But we're gonna have to disagree with both choices.
Efficiency was something Romans thought was cool,
not something they thought was weird and suspect.
The speaker specifically tells us that the empire strove to have
efficient soldiers rather than poets and painters.
Guess pretty pictures weren't so helpful when trying to conquer the New World.
Now onto option D, which claims that the distrusted personality is
solely made up of three - adventurousness.
Well, we know it's at least partly right, because according to the speaker,
Romans didn't love adventures of the spirit.
Can we just point out that that statement is a little questionable? Hmm? Hmm?
Maybe they weren't artistically adventurous, but they did build one of the biggest
empires, like, ever.
That had to have taken a certain kind of adventurous spirit, you know?
It's clear that this question is using "adventurous" in a slightly different context.
So D is just almost right.
The trouble with D, however, is that it leaves out two - expressive.
The speaker tells us that the Romans preferred practical forms
to expressive ones, choosing to borrow art instead of create it.
This tells us that C is the right answer.
According to the speaker, both expressiveness and adventurousness were
part of the artistic personality that Romans so mistrusted.
Anybody else get the feeling that this author is a Roman hater? Hmm? Hmm?