AP English Language and Composition 3.1 Passage Drill

AP® English Language and Composition: Purpose, Rhetoric, Style, and Organization Drill 1, Problem 1. The speaker cites all of the following as benefits of learning science except what?

AP English Language and CompositionPassage Drill
Purpose, Rhetoric, Style, and Organization
LanguageEnglish Language
Literary ComprehensionParaphrasing ideas about plot, setting, or characterization
Reading AssessmentRhetorical Strategies and Use of Evidence

Transcript

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Okay, so we know that 4 of these answers are golden, and one of them has... lost its luster.

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The question is... which one do we want to throw back in the water?

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Is it A -- "A more humble perspective on personal problems?"

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Nah, the speaker definitely covers this. He talks about the stars, reminding us that it's

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a... small world after all.

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What about B -- "The ability to envision the potential of mundane elements?"

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First paragraph. He discusses the beauty of ordinary elements.

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"Mundane" is ordinary or unexciting... which you can remember by thinking of "Monday."

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Stuff is so much better when it's... Saturdane. C -- "a heightened sense of imagination?"

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Not this one either. Near the start of the fifth paragraph, the speaker gives props to imagination.

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So... we guess if you picked C because it looks like a horseshoe and you're feeling

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lucky... he might have to give you half-credit. D -- a unique means of connecting with other individuals.

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Here we go. The speaker doesn't talk about how studying science can affect our relationships

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with other people.

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Other people? Who needs 'em? With science, we can keep our head in the clouds... or stars...

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So... we're assuming E -- "greater acumen in analytical matters" -- is out, too, right?

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Right. The quote from the Royal Commission credits science for... making people more smarter.

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Hey, science never claimed to give anyone brilliant English skillz.

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So our answer is indeed D.

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And the moral of the story... is that science is the bomb.

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Or... that it can be responsible for creating one...