AP English Literature and Composition 1.4 Passage Drill 3
AP English Literature and Composition 1.4 Passage Drill 3. How is Burne's view of pacifism best characterized in lines 57 through 67?
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Passage Drill 3
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Non-linear Plot Development
Point of View
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|Reading Informational Text||Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text|
|Reading Literature||Determine and analyze a theme or central idea of a text|
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"That's what Stephen must have thought many years ago. But he preached his sermon and
they killed him. He probably thought as he was dying what a waste it all was. But you
see, I've always felt that Stephen's death was the thing that occurred to Paul on the
road to Damascus, and sent him to preach the word of Christ all over the world."
Okay... well the first few sentences talk about what Stephen must have thought as the
Grim Reaper was closin' in on him...
We don't get around to Burne's thoughts on the subject until the fourth sentence, when
he talks about how Stephen's death affected Paul...
...inspiring him to travel the globe, giving shout-outs to Jesus.
So... which one of our answer choices fits with that idea?
Pacifism is useless and the only available option?
Well, if it inspired Paul, then seems to us it was pretty useful... so A can't be the right answer.
A duty to family and friends?
If that's the case, he certainly doesn't mention it... and we really have to stick to what's
given to us in the text. So option B is bogus.
An escapist embrace of death? Sheesh. Melodramatic much? Again... this doesn't accurately reflect
Burne's feelings, so it's outta here.
A religious requirement? Nah... Burne is focusing more on morality here than religion.
And for those of you who don't understand the distinction... uh... there is one. Or
else every atheist would be an uncontrollable killing machine.
So looks like our answer is E -- he sees it as a potentially significant martyrdom.
Well, sure. Stephen lost his own life, but good came out of it. So E makes sense.
Thanks for the sacrifice, Stephen.