AP English Language and Composition 1.1 Comprehension

AP® English Language and Composition: Comprehension Drill 1, Problem 1. The speaker would agree with all of the following statements except what?

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...the 5th will be sleeping on the couch tonight. No way to go about this other than to read

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the answer choices one by one, and do our best to interpret the text...

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Starting with A -- "art is very rarely a lucrative or even practical pursuit."

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Whatever our personal feelings on the subject, and no matter how much we may think our local

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street performer is a genius who is one day going to bring us all together in peace and harmony...

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...our speaker states pretty clearly in paragraph 4 that he believes this to be true.

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So it's not the "EXCEPT" we're looking for... "Only individuals with particular personalities

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are drawn to artistic endeavors..."

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Ah... here's our answer. In the beginning, the speaker says that we're all born with

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artistic tendencies...

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...so it can't be personality-specific.

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Just to be sure, let's look over the remaining options...

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C -- "The desire to create art is an innate, though often latent human quality."

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Well yeah... that would go along with the whole "born with artistic tendencies" thing...

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D -- "The legacy of an art form can last for centuries."

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Yeah, he implies this, too. Just because art isn't practical doesn't mean it can't be responsible

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for the creation of a legacy... and one with some staying power...

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Finally, E -- "art can be an expression of a range of feelings, not merely positive ones."

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Anyone who's ever talked to an artist can tell you that. They're not generally the most...

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upbeat of individuals, generally speaking.

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But yeah -- our speaker holds a similar opinion.

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So our answer is B.

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Artfully done.