AP English Literature and Composition 1.5 Passage Drill 4
AP English Literature and Composition 1.5 Passage Drill 4. From the poem, it can be inferred that the author's attitude toward his youth is what?
|AP English Literature and Composition||Passage Drill|
Passage Drill 4
Voice and Tone
|English||Voice and Tone|
|Literary Fiction||Moral Dilemmas|
|Literary Texts||Themes in Different Time Periods|
|Product Type||AP English Literature|
that shakes his fist out the front door and shouts, "You dang kids!"...
...or is he more the... "forever young" type?
We aren't directed to any specific lines, so it's basically just asking us to look
at the poem as a whole and make a broad determination about... where the writer is coming from.
Does he exhibit "bittersweet regret over his mistakes?"
If he does, he doesn't let us in on it. There's no mention of past mistakes, so
we can safely assume B isn't the correct answer.
So... don't pick B, unless you want to regret one of your mistakes.
Is his attitude one of sadness and remorse?
Again... he can't be expressing remorse if the author hasn't hinted what he might
be remorseful about. Since we aren't given a window into the speaker's past... we can
be certain it's not about regret or remorse. Is his attitude one of joyous acceptance about youth's passing?
As far as we know, there isn't a line of this poem that says, in essence: "Oof. High
school, am I right? I wouldn't want to do that again!"
Nah... the speaker seems pretty hot on youth, as a matter of fact. We doubt he would diss
it. Is he cautious or fearful for what youth imports
for the future?
In other words, does he think youth is... like a gateway drug to some awfulness in old age?
Nope... there are no ominous warnings here about potential threats or anything of the
kind... so we can count E out. Our answer must be A -- "nostalgia and longing."
Sure enough, that's exactly what the writer is going on and on... and on... about.
He sees youth encapsulated in the urn... and longs for the blissful simplicity of his own youth.
Back when he was, you know... in school, taking AP tests and whatnot.