AP English Literature and Composition 1.4 Passage Drill 7. In lines 6 through 7, what technique does the author use to describe Mr. and Mrs. Nickleby's marriage?
|AP English Literature and Composition||Literary Comprehension|
Passage Drill 7
|Imagery and Figurative Language||Identifying uses of imagery|
|Product Type||AP English Literature|
|Reading Literature||Analyze a case of satire, sarcasm, irony, or understatement|
and Mrs. Nickleby's wedded bliss.
What brilliant technique does the author employ to communicate his point?
Let's look at lines 6 through 7...
"Thus two people who cannot afford to play cards for money, sometimes sit down to a quiet game for love."
Well, right out of the gate we've got an answer choice that seems it could work.
Option A: "A metaphor comparing marriage to a card game."
It's what the author is indeed doing here, basically, because the Nickleby's are poor,
they can't afford to gamble with money...
...but when it comes to their capacity to love, they've got some deep metaphorical pockets.
Aw, it's a Hallmark card in the making.
Let's see if there's a better answer...
B: "A metaphor comparing a card game to marriage."
Wait, didn't we just read this one? What's the big idea here?
Believe it or not, the order matters here—in this instance, the author would be saying
that a card game is like marriage, which is the opposite of what he's really saying.
However, if a card game were like marriage, you'd be well-advised to just follow suit,
and try not to splash the pot.
C, D and E are all easier to eliminate, simply because they're entirely absent from these lines.
There is no use of understatement, personification, or paradox here.
It just comes down to knowing your vocab, and understanding these techniques.
So yeah, we feel good about A as our final answer.
As in, "All-in."