AP English Language and Composition 2.9 Passage Drill
AP English Language and Composition: Passage Drill 2, Problem 9. According to the speaker, which of the following facts would "dissipate the illusion"?
|AP English Language and Composition||Passage Drill|
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Okay, we done? Come on. Come on.
All right, we're done.
According to the speaker, which of the following facts would "dissipate the illusion"?
See that on line 27? Hmm? Hmm?
All right, well here are the following answers. Pick one.
Hit your dartboard.
Close your eyes and... heave.
All right. So what's this question asking?
Well, it's giving us five "facts"
mentioned in the passage and wants to know which one would
"dissipate the illusion,"
as said in line 27.
If we wanna know what's dissipating, or destroying, the illusion,
uh, we should probably start by figuring out what the illusion is.
So let's get in touch with our inner David Copperfield.
Right now, line 27, it says that
"Charles felt assured of victory"
but "he might have discovered much to dissipate the illusion."
In other words, he thought he was gonna win the war no problemo,
but if he'd known what was really going on, he might not have been so cocky.
Okay, now, what is it exactly that the king
isn't taking into account?
Well, if we keep reading, it says,
"had he considered their habits or been acquainted with their real but unavowed sentiments."
Hmm. We're talking about the gentry here -
mucky mucks - and their ability to be successful in battle.
By suggesting that they have some [ clears throat ]
questionable habits and that their hearts may not be in the right place,
well, yeah, that would certainly be enough to dissipate the king's illusion.
Like his soldiers weren't as good as he thought they were.
And looking down the answer choices, bingo, answer E is just what we're looking for.
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