AP English Language and Composition 2.8 Passage Drill
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AP English Language and Composition: Passage Drill 2, Problem 8. Which of the following best describes the primary relationship between footnotes two, four, and five and the rest of the passage?
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Which of the following best describes
the primary relationship between footnotes two, four, and five
and the rest of the passage?
All right, here are the potential answers.
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Okay, well, so this question wants us to look at footnotes two, four, and five,
which are the three meaty ones, and decide what the, you know,
relationship is between them and the passage.
What does that mean, relationship?
Is our passage dating three different footnotes?
Are they all okay with it? Well, as it turns out, there's nothing romantic going on here.
What we really wanna know is why are these footnotes
here and what are they really accomplishing?
Are they A - suggesting a discrepancy between the king's
public discourse and his private one?
Uh, no, not really a discrepancy being pointed out here.
Besides, that would be kind of a big thing not to have in the passage itself, no?
All right, well, are they B -
providing a historical context for particular events in the passage?
Eh. They're providing evidence to claims made in the passage itself,
rather than historical explanations.
Which is good, because we're not in the mood for a history lesson
on top of an English language one. All right.
Are the footnotes C -
highlighting the rapid succession of events described in the passage?
No. They're really just clarifying specific points,
not really pushing a plot forward or making a big deal about how quickly everything went down.
Are they D - distinguishing the speaker's personal opinion
from his or her stance in the passage? No. Not at all.
The speaker doesn't suddenly do a 180 in the footnotes.
His stance is pretty consistent throughout.
Which means it's gotta be E - the footnotes bolster statements
in the passage with qualitative information.
Yes, indeedy. In fact, that's often the whole point of a footnote.
Each of these footnotes totally backs up or supports the speaker's remarks from the passage.
So, yeah. Answer E, as in Earl of Southampton.
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