AP English Literature and Composition 1.1 Passage Drill 7
AP English Literature and Composition 1.1 Passage Drill 7. The primary purpose of this passage is what?
|AP||AP English Language and Composition|
|AP English Literature and Composition||Form and Structure|
Passage Drill 7
|Audience and Author's Purpose||Identifying author's rhetorical purpose|
|English||Form and Structure|
|Product Type||AP English Literature|
|Reading||Form and Structure|
|Reading Informational Text||Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text|
|Reading Literature||Determine and analyze a theme or central idea of a text|
Okay, so this question wants to know the "primary" purpose of this passage.
In other words, it may have many purposes, but we're looking specifically for the primary,
or most important one.
The Grand Poobah of purposes.
Let's throw our five answer choices at the wall and see which one... sticks.
A and B are both true—the passage does describe the couple's courtship, as well as the effect
the death of a wealthy relation can have on a poor family...
...but they're really just mentioned. They're not the be-all-end-all of the passage.
But C, on the other hand...
Sure looks like this is what we're looking for. The whole passage is about the Nickleby
family's complex relationship with money.
Complex, as in, they kinda suck at it.
They might as well be lighting fire to the stuff.
Just to make sure, let's check out the last two options.
D can't be right, because the narrator isn't mocking the poor. He may not necessarily want
to join them on the streets, but he certainly isn't making fun of them.
And E is out, because the passage never claims that money is the source of all life's problems.
In fact, the narrator acknowledges that people need money in order to survive.
Well, we agree. We think money is the bee's knees. And we also think it's pretty clear that our
answer here is option C.
That'll be $50, please.