AP English Literature and Composition 1.4 Passage Drill 7

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 CompositionLiterary Comprehension
Passage Drill
Passage Drill 7
EnglishLiterary Comprehension
Imagery and Figurative LanguageIdentifying uses of imagery
LanguageEnglish Language
Product TypeAP English Literature
Reading LiteratureAnalyze a case of satire, sarcasm, irony, or understatement

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and Mrs. Nickleby's wedded bliss.

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What brilliant technique does the author employ to communicate his point?

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Let's look at lines 6 through 7...

01:03

"Thus two people who cannot afford to play cards for money, sometimes sit down to a quiet game for love."

01:09

Well, right out of the gate we've got an answer choice that seems it could work.

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Option A: "A metaphor comparing marriage to a card game."

01:18

It's what the author is indeed doing here, basically, because the Nickleby's are poor,

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they can't afford to gamble with money...

01:26

...but when it comes to their capacity to love, they've got some deep metaphorical pockets.

01:31

Aw, it's a Hallmark card in the making.

01:34

Let's see if there's a better answer...

01:36

B: "A metaphor comparing a card game to marriage."

01:39

Wait, didn't we just read this one? What's the big idea here?

01:43

Believe it or not, the order matters here—in this instance, the author would be saying

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that a card game is like marriage, which is the opposite of what he's really saying.

01:51

However, if a card game were like marriage, you'd be well-advised to just follow suit,

01:55

and try not to splash the pot.

01:59

C, D and E are all easier to eliminate, simply because they're entirely absent from these lines.

02:06

There is no use of understatement, personification, or paradox here.

02:10

It just comes down to knowing your vocab, and understanding these techniques.

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So yeah, we feel good about A as our final answer.

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As in, "All-in."