AP English Literature and Composition 1.10 Passage Drill 4
AP English Literature and Composition 1.10 Passage Drill 4. Which of the following best describes the tone of the poem as a whole?
|AP English Literature and Composition||Passage Drill|
Passage Drill 4
Voice and Tone
|English||Voice and Tone|
|Product Type||AP English Literature|
|Voice and Tone||Identifying author's tone or mood|
If not... boy, you really are a goody two-shoes, aren't you?
If they have ever given you this reprimand... they're basically telling you... okay, WARNING
you... that you'd better change your attitude, or approach, to the conversation.
This question is asking a similar thing with regard to this entire poem.
Does it have a good attitude... or does it need to go to its room for an hour so it can
think about what it did?
Our first option is A -- sneering condescension.
Condescension is talking down to someone as if they're inferior to you...
and we don't get that sense here.
You can cross out A... or... do you need someone smarter than you to do it for you?
What about B -- enthusiastic excitement?
He's certainly pleased by aspects of the urn... but enthusiasm doesn't quite get at it.
He's not pumped about something that's going to happen -- it's more about looking backward...
C -- somber reflection?
Reflection, sure... but somber? He's not being a downer about things. So... no.
D -- wistful nostalgia?
Nostalgia is closely related to reflection... and in this case, wistful is much more accurate
He's contemplative, or... full of wist, if you will.
D seems like a winner... Lastly, E -- bittersweet remorse?
Again, nothing bitter or remorseful here... he's not expressing any regret, just the peaceful
remembrance of the good ol' times.
So D's our answer.
Aw... remember back when we first read this poem, 10 questions ago?
Seems like only yesterday...