AP English Language and Composition 5.8 Passage Drill

AP English Language and Composition 5.8 Passage Drill. Which of the following does the author use as an example of the "distorting medium"?

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[ mumbling continues ] All right, we're done.

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Which of the following does the author use as an example of the distorting medium?

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Line 12 there.

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And here are the potential answers.

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[ mumbles ]

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All right, well, let's start by taking a look at the full sentence

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in which the quote appears. Right here.

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"In thought, at any rate, those who forget good and evil [Quote from the passage]

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and seek only to know the facts are more likely to achieve good

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than those who view the world through the distorting medium of their own desires."

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Got it.

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So the complete phrase is "the distorting medium of their own desires."

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And it refers to people projecting their own conceptions of good and evil onto the universe. [Image of Space/Universe]

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That's a big projector.

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Our job is to find out which of these choices is

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talking about the same idea. [Man standing on a giant projector]

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We have to say no to choice E.

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Pleasing dreams are products of the distorting medium, not examples. [Shopkeeper waving his hand]

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Word of advice: never buy your products from distorting mediums.

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Things get wonky.

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Option B is also a no.

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The speaker tells us that it takes an element of submission to get [Two men playing chess at a park]

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rid of the distorting medium of ethics.

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That's rough. Can we just call an exterminator? Come on, guys.

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Choices C and D are all related to the opposite of the distorting medium. [someone spraying a can]

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Ethical neutrality, scientific philosophy -

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these are the cures for all the pesky morality that's holding us back. [Man buying something from a store]

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The correct answer is A.

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The speaker specifically says

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"friendliness and hostility" (A)

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"are not the conceptions by which the world is to be understood."

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Sounds like we've found ourselves another distorting medium.

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Let's keep looking. It'll be like a philosophical Easter egg hunt. [Newton, Marx and Voltaire looking for Easter eggs]

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