AP English Literature and Composition 1.1 Passage Drill 3
AP® English Literature and Composition Passage Drill 3, Problem 1. Which of the following can be said of the description in lines 5 through 10?
|AP English Literature and Composition||Audience and Purpose|
Passage Drill 3
|English I EOC Assessment||Dramatic Conventions|
Non-linear Plot Development
Point of View
|Literary Comprehension||Identifying details about plot, setting, or characterization|
|Product Type||AP English Literature|
|Reading||Audience and Purpose|
|Voice and Tone||Identifying a character's tone or attitude|
"When Amory went to Washington the next week-end he caught some of the spirit of crisis
which changed to repulsion in the Pullman car coming back, for the berths across from
him were occupied by stinking aliens—Greeks, he guessed, or Russians."
"He thought how much easier patriotism had been to a homogeneous race, how much easier
it would have been to fight as the Colonies fought, or as the Confederacy fought."
"And he did no sleeping that night, but listened to the aliens guffaw and snore while
they filled the car with the heavy scent of latest America."
Now let's take a gander at the five answer choices. They all refer to Amory's reaction.
They're not quizzing us about the what-where-why of the scene that's unfolding... rather,
they want to know what Amory thinks about it.
Well... since the first line is really just setting things up, we can start with the second line...
...and sure enough, we see the phrase "He thought" here... pretty likely this will
be where we find our answer.
Now... what did Amory think?
"He thought how much easier patriotism had been to a homogeneous race..."
We don't have to read any further to find our answer.
Amory is expressing the totally un-PC opinion that it's easier to take pride in your country
when it isn't much of a melting pot...
...in other words, he'd prefer that any immigrant who has sailed into America would
turn around and... shove off. To put it politely. Anyway, it fits perfectly with C -- "It
reveals Amory's distaste for the immigrant class."
Remind us to scratch Amory off our Christmas card list.