AP English Literature and Composition 1.8 Passage Drill 7
AP English Literature and Composition 1.8 Passage Drill 7. The primary purpose of lines 58 through 66 is to what?
|AP English Literature and Composition||Audience and Purpose|
Passage Drill 7
|Audience and Author's Purpose||Identifying author's rhetorical purpose|
|English||Audience and Purpose|
|Literary Fiction||Narration and Tone|
|Product Type||AP English Literature|
|Reading||Audience and Purpose|
|Reading Literature||Cite textual evidence to support analysis|
Well, if we want to know the purpose of something... guess we should be familiar with it first.
Whoa. Not that familiar.
Here are lines 57 through 65:
"With a portion of this property Mr Godfrey Nickleby purchased a small farm, near Dawlish
in Devonshire, whither he retired with his wife and two children, to live upon the best
interest he could get for the rest of his money, and the little produce he could raise
from his land. The two prospered so well together that, when he died, some fifteen years after
this period, and some five after his wife, he was enabled to leave, to his eldest son,
Ralph, three thousand pounds in cash, and to his youngest son, Nicholas, one thousand
and the farm, which was as small a landed estate as one would desire to see."
Okay, now let's take our answer choices one by one and see which one lands...
Is this paragraph describing what Godfrey Nickleby buys with his inheritance?
Well... yeah... but is that the purpose of it?
Hm... not likely. We're pretty much done with the purchasing part of it by the end of the
first sentence... there's more meat here than that...
Is it tracing the Nickleby family's shift from poverty to prosperity?
Bingo. Here we have an option that relates to the entire paragraph, not just a piece of it.
We'll take a quick look at the remaining answers just to make sure there isn't a better option...
although we're not going to bet Nicholas' farm on it.
There's no emotional reaction discussed, so C is out...
...there's no judgment being made about what constitutes a "moral life," so D ain't coin' it for us.
...and there's no real difference mentioned between the two brothers... other than their different tax brackets.
So yeah... B's our answer.
As in, "Bet the farm."