AP English Language and Composition: Comprehension Drill 1, Problem 4. In lines 41 through 45, "composed" modifies which word?
|AP English Language and Composition||Comprehension|
|Conventions||Demonstrate command of grammar conventions|
|English I EOC Assessment||Figurative Language|
All right, you done reading?
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[ mumbling continues ]
All right. And... you're done. Whether you like it or not.
In lines 41 through 45, "composed"
modifies which word? And here are the potential answers.
Five-dollar words... Blah, blah, blah...
And let's just go.
So, to make this easier, we'll lift the chunk in question out of
the rest so that we can check it out in isolation.
Ah, there we go. Okay, so, that's better.
Wow, these Asiatic prairies sound... relaxing.
No time for relaxing, though. Gotta focus.
Uh-huh. Okay, there's the word "composed,"
which in this case is being used as a verb and is the
predicate of the sentence. So the question becomes
who exactly is doing the composing?
Which noun is the subject that goes along with the verb "compose"?
It looks like the thing that makes this question a little tricky is the use of the
following interrupting phrases:
"the wandering nomads from the distant Asiatic prairies,
enjoying a free and easy existence as fighters and hunters..."
Hmm. We're rethinking our dream of being a nomad.
Fighting and hunting all day sounds, well, kind of stressful.
Sorry, we're really trying to focus here.
Since the interrupting phrases are set apart from the rest of the sentence with commas,
we can ignore them when trying to figure out which noun is the subject.
The commas signal that we can remove the phrases without changing the basic meaning of the sentence.
So, listen, we'll prove it.
Our own ancestors composed songs which
celebrated the mighty deeds of their greatest leaders and yadda yadda yadda.
See, it totally makes sense.
Since we know that no words included in these phrases are crucial to the sentence,
we can cross out choice A - existence, C - prairies,
and D - fighters. We're looking for the subject,
and we can never remove a subject from a sentence without
causing the whole darn thing to collapse.
With those rude interrupting phrases out of the way, it's now clear that
the noun "ancestors"
is the subject that goes with the verb "composed."
This makes choice B the right answer. Like ancestors composed.
Yeah. It's sort of amazing they had any time for poetry with
all the fighting and hunting and nomad-ing that they were doing. Yeah.