AP English Literature and Composition 1.8 Passage Drill 2
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AP English Literature and Composition 1.8 Passage Drill 2. What is the principle effect of the author's allusions in lines 10-11?
|AP English Literature and Composition||Audience and Purpose|
Passage Drill 2
|Diction and Syntax||Interpreting significance or effect of word choices|
|English||Audience and Purpose|
|Imagery and Figurative Language||Interpreting meanings and effects of figurative language and imagery|
|Product Type||AP English Literature|
|Reading Literature||Analyze how an author draws on and transforms source material|
...so we're talking about allusions here -- the literary kind... and not illusions, the David
Copperfield kind. Let's take a look at lines 7 through 8:
"...such as is found to have been falsely and feignedly in some of the heathen; as Epimenides
the Candian, Numa the Roman, Empedocles the Sicilian, and Apollonius
of Tyana..." So... what's Bacon's reason for rattling off
all these names?
Does he know these people personally? Is he just name-dropping?
The first part -- "falsely and feignedly" indicates that the author feels the people
whose names follow claimed to need solitude...
...but really, they were big softies who, deep down, needed friendship just like the
rest of us. Okay, now which of our answer choices fits
with that idea?
Well, he's definitely not saying these thinkers felt the same way he did, so A is out...
...he's not refuting the idea that holy men are the only ones who need solitude, he's
reinforcing it, so it can't be C...
...Option D is also pretty much the opposite of what we're looking for...
...and E won't work because Bacon never claims that nobody needs solitude... don't forget
those holy men. So B is our answer -- "To show that even respected
ancient thinkers were false in their claims of the need for solitude."
Now... be a friend. Numa the Roman could use a hug.