AP English Language and Composition 1.7 Passage Drill
AP English Language and Composition: Passage Drill Drill 1, Problem 7. What is the principal rhetorical function of paragraphs one to three?
|AP English Language and Composition||Passage Drill|
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|Rhetorical Function, Strategy, and Purpose||Rhetorical Function|
[ mumbling continues ]
Yeah, all right. A little vague, but let's roll.
The principal rhetorical function of paragraphs one to three
is to... what?
And here are the potential answers.
Read 'em... And pause, and think.
And let's go. All right. Rhetorical function?
Hmm. Sounds intimidating, but it's not as fancy as it seems.
All this question is asking is how the paragraphs help the speaker make his argument.
So, lucky for us, the author shoots straight from the hip.
The structure of the essay is pretty straightforward.
The speaker starts by giving us a scenario:
kids instinctively making art,
then having to give it up when responsibility rears its ugly head.
The speaker then states the primary argument:
nations are like children.
After that, he sets up parallel scenarios that
show how nations follow a similar developmental path
to children. Interesting idea.
Options C and E are both way off base.
The scenarios are examples that support the argument,
not contradictions or misconceptions.
Choice B doesn't make the cut, either.
The author doesn't bust out any solutions in the passage.
He's just telling us how he thinks the world works,
and, wow, what a know-it-all.
All right, D also doesn't work.
Sure, the idea of art-loving babies is cute,
until we have to clean up after them. But the speaker has something bigger on his mind.
The correct answer is A. The opening paragraph's most important
function is to connect the development of children to the development
of Western civilization as a whole.
And if you ask us, western civ is sort of just a big baby.
[ child noises ] [ splat ]