AP English Literature and Composition 1.3 Passage Drill 1. In the context of the passage, what does the word "compass" in line 15 mean?
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Passage Drill 1
|Diction and Syntax||Inferring meanings of words and phrases|
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|English I EOC Assessment||Influence of Traditional Literature|
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So... you might want to unplug your laptop or get out of the bathtub before continuing.
Let's look at the line in question, as well as the couple lines surrounding it:
He told me "that sometimes, though very rarely, a child happened to be born in a family, with
a red circular spot in the forehead, directly over the left eyebrow, which was an infallible
mark that it should never die." The spot, as he described it, "was about the compass
of a silver threepence, but in the course of time grew larger, and changed its colour.
The key thing to notice here is what directly follows this comparison to a "silver threepence."
It says that the spot then "grew larger"... and there's a "but" there...
...so whatever "compass" means here, it must have something to do with size.
So, that's it. That eliminates A, B and D.
It's tempting to go with "direction," since we're dealing with the word "compass..."
...but that choice is nothing more than a trap covered with some twigs and branches.
Let's not fall into it.
Between C and E... we kinda get the impression
that E is playing on the "threepence" thing to persuade us to pick it...
...like, we're going to be so blinded by the word "three" that we're going to
carelessly stumble into choosing the wrong answer.
But we're too smart for such silly tricks. So C it is.
Anybody want to give this guy a hand?