AP English Literature and Composition 1.4 Passage Drill 1
AP English Literature and Composition 1.4 Passage Drill 1. Which of the following best describes the speaker's attitude towards immortality?
|AP English Literature and Composition||Passage Drill|
Passage Drill 1
Voice and Tone
|English||Voice and Tone|
|English I EOC Assessment||Influence of Traditional Literature|
|Product Type||AP English Literature|
|Voice and Tone||Identifying a character's tone or attitude|
Yeah, we can look for particular instances of the words "mortal" or "immortal" to help
clue us in to the answer...
...but we're basically just going to have to prove that we can correctly interpret what
the speaker is telling us. Our first option is A -- He views it as an
invaluable supply being drained by overuse on the part of the King.
Uh -- no. In line 31, the speaker says that struldbrugs are underutilized, so we can nix
this one. Next we've got B -- He views it as an equalizing
force to be hoped against by every citizen.
More like hoped for. Our speaker is clearly jazzed about immortality, so it doesn't fit
that he'd give it a bad rap. C -- He views it as a valuable tool for social
improvement for the parents and family.
Sounds plausible... but there's nothing in the passage whatsoever to support this. Total
red herring. D - He views it as potentially usurping the
natural order of class system in place.
Same thing -- no mention in the passage about class system... so D won't do us any good
either. Which brings us to E - He views it as a cultural
benefit to the community and a boon to good governance.
Heck yeah. The speaker clearly thinks that immortality is the greatest thing since sliced bread.
Which, incidentally, does not have a very long shelf life...
He talks about immortality's benefits, about how great it is that society has "so many
living examples of ancient virtue" and about how struldbrugs would make great royal counselors.
Verdict? Immortality is the bomb. Choice E.
For our money, we'll take the sliced bread. Makes better sandwiches.