AP English Literature and Composition 1.2 Passage Drill 2. Which of the following best restates the main idea of the passage?
|AP English Literature and Composition||Literary Comprehension|
Passage Drill 2
|Audience and Author's Purpose||Identifying author's rhetorical purpose|
|Literary Comprehension||Making inferences or predictions about plot, setting, or characterization|
Paraphrasing ideas about plot, setting, or characterization
|Product Type||AP English Literature|
It would be helpful if there was a big, bold heading somewhere that said “MAIN IDEA”
followed by a series of bullets…
…but sadly, literary analysis is rarely so clean and pretty.
We’re gonna have to go digging… and we’ll probably get our hands dirty.
Our first option is “Friendship is elusive but sweet if obtained.”
Sweet, sure… but elusive? Not according to Bacon.
B and C are going to get the boot, because nowhere does Bacon say that solitude is either
“necessary” or “desirable.”
Something tells us this guy didn’t spend a lot of time playing solitaire.
But D looks good – “Friendship is undervalued and constitutes one of the best aspects of life.”
This one certainly seems to hold some water… Bacon spends a lot of time extolling the virtues
of… hanging with one’s homies.
Check out line 14, when he says “it is a mere and miserable solitude to want true friends”…
…or on line 9 when he says “little do men perceive what solitude is, and how far it extendeth.”
In other words… he’s been there and had to deal with a lack of friendship, and…
well… it sucketh. We can rule out E as well, because the “contemplative
benefits” really just refer to holy men, not your average Joe.
D is the correct answer.
But we’re only telling you that so you’ll be our friend.