AP English Literature and Composition 1.3 Passage Drill 2
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AP English Literature and Composition 1.3 Passage Drill 2. The author's tone in regard to friendship between monarchs and servants is best described as which of the following?
|AP English Literature and Composition||Passage Drill|
Passage Drill 2
Voice and Tone
|English||Voice and Tone|
|Media Literacy||Audience-specific Changes in Tone|
|Product Type||AP English Literature|
|Voice and Tone||Identifying author's tone or mood|
as which of the following? And here are the potential answers…
This question wants us to refer to the passage and interpret our author’s tone.
So… hopefully he isn’t tone deaf. But… we’re not judging his tone throughout the entire piece…
…just the part that relates to friendship between monarchs… or royalty… and their servants.
So we can home in on the third paragraph, and ignore the first two for now.
In this case, our best bet might be to get a general sense of how the author feels about
the subject at hand…
…and THEN take a look at the answer choices to see which one fits.
Okay, so he’s talking about how even great rulers place a lot of importance on friendship…
even if it can get them in trouble sometimes.
They have a lot of power and wealth, and it can be tricky to let people get too close,
because it’s tough to know when they’re using you…
…but even still… everybody needs a pal.
That’s… basically the gist of it. Okay, now to the answer choices.
It sounds like the author is pro-friendship… so we can rule out A – ambivalent – B
– strongly disapproving – and E – cautiously disapproving.
But… there’s a little bit of hesitation there, and Bacon points out that there are pitfalls…
…so “decidedly approving” doesn't quite get us there either.
It looks like our best answer is C.
As in, "You should cautiously fill in your answer for this test."