AP English Language and Composition 1.1 Persona, Tone, and Point of View
AP® English Language and Composition: Persona, Tone, and Point of View Drill 1, Problem 1. What is the overall tone of the passage?
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the entire thing, plain and simple.
There's three minutes of our life we'll never get back...
So... what's the tone?
Is it... judgmental and erratic?
Or are we talking about your parents now?
Nah... the tone is too formal, distant and straightforward to include any personal views.
We can't exactly picture the speaker suddenly breaking a chair over his knee, or throwing
a television off a fourth-story balcony. ...which means that B -- detached and analytical...
is sounding awfully good.
That's exactly what the speaker is doing -- taking HIMSELF out of the equation, and simply discussing
the topic in an unbiased, evenhanded way. While we're on the subject of personal opinion...
he isn't likely to be "pompous" or "reverent" either...
...so we can scratch C and E.
Last one on our list is D -- pedantic and esoteric.
"Pedantic" means that something is a tad dull and... well, just plain boring.
We suppose you could argue the first half...
...but "esoteric" means mysterious or cryptic... and this passage doesn't really fit that description.
So we're stickin' with B.
Oh, and if you ever catch us being detached or analytical... or pedantic, for that matter...
you have our permission to give us a good, hard smack.