AP English Language and Composition 4.5 Passage Drill
Feel like shifting gears and answering a question about shifting tones? We've got you covered. Take a look at this question and see if you can follow the change in tone.
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Okay. The shift in tone from the first two paragraphs
to the rest of the passage can be best described as... what?
And here are the potential answers.
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All right. Wow, this question is vocab city. Good thing we brought a map.
And by map, we mean the dictionary and our brains.
All right, option E says the speaker is being enigmatic,
or mysterious, in the first paragraph, which could be true
with all the question-dodging he's doing.
But E also says that in the second paragraph, the speaker acts
indifferently, meaning that he acts like he couldn't care less.
Well, this just isn't true. It's clear the speaker has
thought a lot about what he's saying, so he's bound to care about it.
If he didn't care, well, he probably wouldn't have shown up to speak in the first place, right?
How about answer D?
Eh. "Succinct" means short
and to the point, while "verbose" means
wordy, wordy, wordy. Like lots of words to describe something
that you could've said just in two.
So D would be a contender if it said
verbose to more verbose, but, uh, well, zing.
We can see where C is coming from.
The speaker does sound a little argumentative when he begins by
telling the committee that they asked him to speak about a stupid question.
He doesn't get conciliatory, or apologetic, in the next paragraph, though.
He just keeps on dissecting exactly why the question's unanswerable.
Well, A would be plausible only if the order were reversed.
The speaker sounds way more imperious, or arrogant,
in the first paragraph when he's dissing the committee's question.
But in the second paragraph, he confidently lays out the rationale behind his opinion.
Choice B does the speaker the most justice.
At first, his tone is searching.
He's pulling apart the question and honestly trying to figure out
how best to answer it.
Then in the second paragraph, he illustrates just why he thinks
the things he does. How much you wanna bet that half the audience
walked out thinking he was brilliant
and the other half thinking he was a jerk?
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