AP English Literature and Composition 1.7 Passage Drill 3
AP English Literature and Composition 1.7 Passage Drill 3. Lines 74 through 80 indicate all of the following except what?
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Well, the word "except" is in all caps, so that should send sirens, bells, and factory whistles going off in our heads.
Anyone have an aspirin? 4 of these 5 answer choices work. There's
just one rotten egg among them, and we have to... sniff it out.
Let's look at lines 57 through 60:
As he walked away it seemed to Amory that the look in his face bore a great resemblance
to that in Kerry's when he had said good-by under Blair Arch two years before. Amory wondered
unhappily why he could never go into anything with the primal honesty of those two.
Okay, now let's take 'em one at a time.
Does Amory respect but not agree with Burne's conviction?
Well, yeah. He seems to admire Burne's "primal honesty," but he still can't be on the same
page with him. So A is NOT our answer.
Is Amory questioning his mental capacity?
Uh, no, not at all. He may not agree with Burne's stance, but that's not because he
can't comprehend what it is.
It's about conviction, not about intellect.
So B is our answer.
But, if we want to make very sure, we can check the last few answer choices...
...and sure enough, they all go along with our earlier determination about Amory's mindset.
He DOES view Burne's pacifism as honest...
...he IS disdainful of his own lack of conviction...
...and he DOES view himself as dishonest. So yeah, B it is.
See? These problems are easy, once you strip away all the bells and whistles