AP English Literature and Composition 1.6 Passage Drill 4
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AP English Literature and Composition 1.6 Passage Drill 4. The word "overwrought" in line 42 acts as which of the following?
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It looks something like "overweight," but we somehow doubt the writer is talking about
portly maidens here.
The urn is only so big...
The "over" prefix generally accentuates the word it's attached to... so overwrought means very... something.
We've probably seen the word "wrought" in "wrought iron"... which is iron that's been
beaten, shaped... basically, it's been through the ringer.
So if the word overwrought is assigned to a person... it's saying something like...
that person is very agitated or stressed.
But... is that what it means HERE? Or are they trying to pull one over on us?
If we look at line 42:
Of marble men and maidens overwrought,
We COULD be talking about men and maidens who are stressed out. They certainly don't
appear to have much hair left...
But look at the next line:
With forest branches and the trodden weed;
So these maidens are "overwrought"... with forest branches and weeds.
In other words... they're "over-decorated" with their various... twigs and whatnot.
Either way, it's definitely an adjective and not a verb...
...so we can nix options D and E for sure.
And we already established that it's the men and maidens the word is describing...
...so it looks like B is our answer.
So yeah... apparently people liked to dress in shrubbery back then.
There's no accounting for taste.