AP English Literature and Composition 1.5 Passage Drill 3. The term "picayune" is best understood as what?
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Passage Drill 3
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...instead, we need to take a look at how it's used here in the passage and make a judgment
call based on context.
Ugh... dictionary.com would be so much easier...
Okay, so the word is used on line 29:
"I don't ask you to think of your family or friends, because I know they don't count a
picayune with you beside your sense of duty..."
If we replace our vocab word with each of the answer choices, which one makes the most sense?
Well, first off we can pretty much eliminate A, B and D because... they all mean the same thing, more or less.
And they all mean roughly the opposite of what we're looking for... we want something
that translates to: "I know you couldn't care less about your family"...
...so we certainly don't want words that make it sound as if Burne cares strongly, greatly,
or a large amount about them.
Plugging in E -- an insufficient amount -- sorta fits... but it creates a double negative situation
and doesn't quite make sense grammatically.
So we're looking for answer C -- a small amount.
And we get a sentence that roughly says, "I know your family only matters to you a small
amount, except when it comes to duty."
Hopefully there will be only a small amount of duty.
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