AP English Literature and Composition 1.10 Passage Drill 3
AP English Literature and Composition 1.10 Passage Drill 3. What tone shift is indicated by line 49?
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of the passage and not really worry about anything else.
And we love not having to worry.
Okay, actually, since we're looking for a tone shift, we may need to know what comes
just before it, so we can determine what the tone is shifting to.
Let's look at lines 35 through 38:
"That's the chance, of course," he said slowly. "How much or how little I'm taking this stand
because of propaganda I've heard, I don't know; naturally I think that it's my most
innermost conviction—it seems a path spread before me just now."
Amory's heart sank.
So, the question is really asking, why did Amory's heart sink? Did it hit an iceberg?
Okay, let's check out the answer choices:
Did he go from extreme hostility to mild anger? So, did he just get less angry?
Generally when one's heart "sinks," we're not talking about anger.
Your heart feels almost like it's in your throat when you get worked up, so we can scratch
A, and B as well, while we're at it.
There is certainly no levity, or lightheartedness, apparent here, so we can nix C as well.
For option D, the despair part is definitely possible, but it's not preceded by a hint
of hopefulness. D can't be right either.
The correct answer is E, criticism to reflection.
The lines leading up to line 38 feature a healthy dose of criticism, while Amory's "sinking
heart" leads to reflection on his lack of conviction.
Maybe he needs to get one of those inflatable heart rafts...