AP English Language and Composition 1.6 Comprehension
AP English Language and Composition: Comprehension Drill 1, Problem 6. The speaker's attitude toward growing up can best be described as what?
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We're yammering on and on here. Distracting you.
Like, uh, some guy coughing at a test.
Learning things here?
[ mumbles ]
You done reading?
All right, let's just get to it.
Okay. The speaker's attitude toward growing up can
best be described as... what?
And here are the potential answers.
Hmm. You know what all these five-dollar words mean?
You can try it yourself.
Okay, here we go.
So this question requires us to take the temperature of the speaker's tone.
Seems pretty straightforward, so let's get to it.
Option A doesn't feel right to us.
The author doesn't say anything that comes across as
overtly or openly mocking.
It's not like he harshly criticizes the process of growing up.
or anything like that.
He isn't pretending to admire it, either, which knocks out D.
Wow, you're so cool. [ groan ]
The same fate awaits option E.
He's not being guardedly or cautiously respectful of the topic, either.
How would he even do that?
All right, well, if he gave us a health class style rundown
on maturation, well then, choice B would be right.
He isn't clinically descriptive, though,
because he doesn't unemotionally list the implications of aging,
or its effect on a relationship with art. [ gasp ]
In fact, the speaker's attitude isn't particularly
clinical or analytical at all.
The possibility that art may play a larger role in school
or that art and financial success aren't mutually exclusive
isn't even considered. We're going with option C on this one.
According to our pessimistic speaker, the process of becoming an adult
is pretty simple - you grow up,
change your priorities and, unless you resign yourself to a life of poverty,
you forget about art. [ aww ]
There go our dreams of being a fabulously wealthy mime.