AP English Literature and Composition 1.10 Passage Drill 6
AP English Literature and Composition 1.10 Passage Drill 6. In line 18, the word "beadsman" most nearly means what?
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Passage Drill 6
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...what in the name of Queen Elizabeth is a beadsman?
Here's the good news -- this is a literary comprehension question, not a vocab question...
so we shouldn't really have to know what a beadsman is in order to answer it correctly.
Instead, there must be some clues in the passage that will lead us in the right direction...
As it turns out, we can determine the right order by process of elimination...
For example, it can't be A -- a knight in hiding -- because the speaker already came
out and said he's hanging up his suit of armor, and will be a knight no more.
B is possible but not likely, since there's no mention of jewelry-making in the rest of
the passage, so this would be a bit out of left field.
Can't be C, because if he's "teaching swains to sing," he can't be in solitude.
Not unless he's Skyping with them.
And, by the same logic, he's not retiring to become D -- a swain -- because he claimed
he's going to be teaching swains, not becoming one.
And we're left with E -- a person who prays... which totally makes sense, because when people
pray they often do so over rosary beads.
Speaking of which, if you're the praying type... you might want to have some rosary beads with
you on test day.
Preparation is key, but... it couldn't hurt.