AP English Literature and Composition 1.4 Passage Drill 2
AP English Literature and Composition 1.4 Passage Drill 2. What literary device characterizes lines 18 through 23?
|AP English Literature and Composition||Imagery and Figurative Language|
Passage Drill 2
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And if we don't... then it's time to cross our fingers, say a prayer -- if that's our
thing -- and take a big ol' guess. All right, first things first. What do lines
14 through 17 say?
"But we may go further, and affirm most truly, that it is a mere and miserable solitude to
want true friends; without which the world is but a wilderness; and even in this sense
also of solitude, whosoever in the frame of his nature and affections, is unfit for friendship,
he taketh it of the beast, and not from humanity." First of all, we don't recommend taketh-ing
anything from beasts.
Just... let them do their thing. You don't want to lose a limb unnecessarily.
Now... what is the author doing in this segment of the passage?
Is he using a simile? Nope. No occurrences of the words "like" or "as," which would have
been a dead giveaway.
Alliteration? Alliteration is the repetition of sounds at the beginning of words... and
it definitely appears that we have that here.
"Mere and miserable." "Without which the world is but a wilderness." "Sense of solitude."
We'd bet a barrel of badgers that B is our boy, but let's be... buh-thorough...
Is there a Maxim here? Not unless there's a copy of the latest issue on the nightstand.
Nah, C isn't it.
An anecdote? Well, an anecdote would be a little story... and if this is a story than
it is pretty short on plot. Nope, let's cross off D.
Assonance? Close to alliteration... but where the sounds occur in the middle of words. So
we can get rid of this one as well.
B it is. Boy, oh boy!