AP English Language and Composition 1.8 Passage Drill
AP English Language and Composition: Passage Drill 1, Problem 8. The quotation marks in the third paragraph chiefly serve to what?
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All right, you done? Good.
The quotation marks in the third paragraph - that's lines 16 through 23 -
chiefly serve to, uh, what?
And here are the potential answers.
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All right, pause waiver and let's just go.
Well, the essay as a whole makes it pretty clear that the speaker is passionate about
artistic development, making him less likely to agree with
ideas that state otherwise.
Check out the speaker's abrupt shift in language in the third paragraph.
Terms for children's art productions change from "painting,"
"sculpting," and "composing" to the less noble
"making things," which appears in quotes.
The author also puts "making a living" in quotes when he talks about how
it becomes more important than creating art as we get older.
Those statements don't sound like the speaker when compared with the rest of the essay,
and the air quotations confirm the contrast between the stuff in quotes
and the speaker's personal view.
It's like he's using the quotes to tell us, "This is the stuff people say, but I don't buy it."
Right. Like that.
Knowing this, we can get rid of most of these answer options easily.
Option A is first on our list.
The idea of making art versus making a living is a big deal in the passage,
and in the life of many starving artists out there.
But the quotes don't help the author get that point across.
So [ buzzer noise ]. Choice B is also a definite no.
Yeah, the quotations do contradict the previous paragraphs,
but they aren't meant to build a counterargument.
If they were, the speaker would be arguing against the idea that
kids eventually have to give up art, but he doesn't do that in the essay at all.
Though he doesn't like the idea, he's going at it with a
"this is the way it goes" kind of attitude, right?
Well, we're gonna have to give D the boot, as well.
The quotations may hint at a disconnect between the terms and the actions,
but that's just not the point.
Choice C is sort of on the right track.
The quotation marks do let us know that we shouldn't take the
speaker's word choices at face value, but
ultimately the best answer is E.
The speaker uses the quotes to show that he is quoting others,
and that these terms don't reflect what he really thinks.
We think this whole essay stems from the time the author's mom
caught him drawing a terrible naval battle and took his colored pencils away.
But that's just a theory.
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