AP English Literature and Composition 1.10 Passage Drill 5

AP English Literature and Composition 1.10 Passage Drill 5. The author's tone is best characterized as which of the following?

AP English Literature and CompositionPassage Drill
Passage Drill 5
Voice and Tone
EnglishVoice and Tone
LanguageEnglish Language
Literary ComprehensionComplex Inferences in Fiction
Product TypeAP English Literature
Voice and ToneIdentifying author's tone or mood

Transcript

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as a whole and come to a decision about the author’s tone.

00:37

Is he crabby and obnoxious?

00:39

Let’s hope not… as that is NOT one of our 5 answer choices…

00:42

Is the author… celebratory and welcoming?

00:45

Uh… welcoming? Welcoming WHO, exactly?

00:48

We don’t see Death being ushered into this guy’s home with open arms.

00:51

Trust us. You never want to leave your armpits exposed and vulnerable.

00:54

Is he melancholy and wistful? Both words have something of a passive connotation…

00:59

if you’re melancholy, you’re sort of quietly depressed, and if you’re wistful, you’re…

01:04

quietly contemplative.

01:05

But our author is anything but quiet. He’s pretty passionate when it comes to… dissing Death.

01:10

What about “fearfully retreating?”

01:12

Again – there’s no “retreat” about this guy. He’s all systems go, full steam ahead…

01:16

Angrily insulting?

01:18

The best choice we’ve seen so far…

01:20

but while he’s certainly insulting, we wouldn’t necessarily call him “angry.”

01:24

There’s more of a self-possessed, even-keel approach that the speaker has when… mocking

01:28

and deriding the messenger to the hereafter. Confident and taunting?

01:32

Here we go. Similar to D, but closer to the mark. We don’t picture the author brandishing

01:36

a pitchfork at Death… more like he just… let’s Death know it’s there…

01:41

So our answer is E.

01:42

Just FYI, we do NOT recommend taunting Death.

01:45

One of these days, he just might snap.