AP English Language and Composition 4.4 Passage Drill
AP English Language and Composition 4.4 Passage Drill. In this passage, "fatuous" is best defined as what?
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Now we're done skimming. Okay, in this passage,
"fatuous" (lines 13 to 16)
is best defined as what?
And here are the potential answers.
Fatuous. What a great word.
So the first time the speaker uses the word, he basically implies
that the question can't be taken seriously.
When he uses the word again, he says the question is
extra silly because, in fact, nobody knows what the question actually is.
Wow. No such thing as a stupid question, huh?
Well, we have to say that option A is looking the best to us right now.
Silly and pointless go together like peanut butter and jelly.
First, we'll nix choice B.
"Indulgent" means self-serving,
but the speaker isn't accusing the committee of being that way.
We can eliminate choice D, as well.
"Vacuous" means empty-headed or unintelligent.
Even though the speaker is picking apart the committee's question,
he recognizes that they understand where he's coming from with his critique.
He might sound a little arrogant, but he's not standing there calling everyone a bunch of dumb-dumbs.
Choice E doesn't work, either.
"Trivial" refers to something that's small or unimportant.
Even if the speaker thinks that the question is off the mark,
we doubt he'd agree that the question of how to make
the best of life itself isn't worth anybody's time.
He goes on and on and on about it for the whole passage.
The guy's obviously put some think time into it himself.
And now we're down to choices C and A.
Not gonna lie, option C is a close second to our top choice, A.
But the point here is that the question doesn't have a point until
it's clarified, not that it's unproductive.
Option A takes home the prize.
But until it figures out the meaning of life, will it know if it
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