AP English Literature and Composition 1.8 Passage Drill 5
AP English Literature and Composition 1.8 Passage Drill 5. Line 9 is best understood as all of the following except what?
|AP English Literature and Composition||Audience and Purpose|
Passage Drill 5
|English||Audience and Purpose|
|Imagery and Figurative Language||Identifying uses of imagery|
|Literary Comprehension||Identifying details about plot, setting, or characterization|
|Product Type||AP English Literature|
|Reading||Audience and Purpose|
|Reading Literature||Analyze how author’s choices in structure create mystery, suspense, or surprise|
This question wants us to interpret the line and determine which of the answer choices
Note the “EXCEPT” in the question. They even “all caps”ed it for us.
Okay, first let’s take one last look at Line 9:
Thou'art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men
Yikes. Doesn’t seem like we could squeeze four pieces of factual information out of
such a short line…
…but the question tells us that there’s only one rotten egg in the bunch…
Let’s… start sniffin’…
We’ll start with A – Death is often subject to the whims of man.
Well… kings are men, last we checked. And “desperate men” are tacked onto the end there.
So yeah – Death is a slave to kings and desperate men, who often make the decision
to take lives.
It’s good to be the king. B – Death is but a consequence of luck or war.
It’s hinted at a little more indirectly… but sure. The “kings and men” we mentioned
aren’t always just walking up to randoms and knifing them in alleyways.
War is where kings and men do a lot of their dirty work…
…and “fate” takes care of the “luck” part.
C – Death has no mastery of someone who willingly takes his life.
Nothing directly stated about suicide in this line either… but it goes without saying
that if a “desperate man” kills himself, Death can’t really do anything about it.
So C is out. D – Death is avoided by fate.
Ah – here’s our black sheep. Fate determines death, it doesn’t avoid it.
Just to be sure… E – Death is unpredictable.
Yup. The author is implying that death can occur randomly… so there’s certainly some
unpredictability in the mix. Answer: D
As in, “Dead giveaway.”