AP English Language and Composition 1.2 Passage Drill
AP English Language and Composition: Passage Drill Drill 1, Problem 2. What is the speaker's primary purpose in using onomatopoeia in line four?
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The speaker's primary purpose in using onomatopoeia in line four is to, uh, what?
And here are the potential answers.
And onomatopoeia is not a toilet joke. All right, you done?
Okay, well onomatopoeia is when a word imitates a sound.
Examples include words like
the slightly sinister "goo-zum-goo-zum-goo,"
which the speaker thinks sounds like the innocent cooing of a baby.
For the record, if we ever heard a baby talk this way,
we'd run for our neighborhood exorcist.
But, uh, that's a different story.
Anyway, the point of this question is to figure out why the speaker is using onomatopoeia here.
Choice A claims the speaker is going for a laugh with this goo-zum-goo business,
but we have a feeling the speaker has a better reason in mind.
Which is good because "goo-zum-goo" wasn't all that funny in the first place.
D seems like a no, as well.
The author doesn't highlight the fact that babies all over the universe
spend their days saying "goo-zum-goo."
Although, on the Planet Gooz, even the adults go around
saying it all day. Like, smell you later.
All right, to option C we say, "Are you serious?"
"Goo-zum-goo" doesn't sound at all harmonious,
and the speaker doesn't say anything to support that idea.
As for B, if anyone has a vivid memory of their murmurs at two months,
well, that's a whole different kettle of fish.
The correct answer is E.
In the first paragraph, the speaker says
"To grown-ups, this humming means nothing... but to the baby
it is perfect music."
So he's definitely trying to emphasize the gap between what
newborns and adults would think was a chart topper.
Some say the same discrepancy exists
with Justin Bieber songs.
[ cuckoo clock sounds ]