AP English Literature and Composition 1.9 Passage Drill 2
AP English Literature and Composition 1.9 Passage Drill 2. What does the word "want" mean in the context of line 20?
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Passage Drill 2
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We all know what the word "want" means... in fact, for many of us it was probably our
But this question is asking what the word means in the context of a line.
So we're going to need to read and interpret... Line 15 says: "it is a mere and miserable
solitude to want true friends; without which the world is but a wilderness..."
Our first answer choice is "desire," and certainly that is usually how we would define the word "want"...
...but is the answer really going to be that easy and obvious? Let's dig a little deeper...
Is the author saying it is miserable to desire true friends?
Not at all -- he thinks that desiring true friends is a good thing.
But "want" can also mean "lack"... as in, "Keanu Reeves is wanting for acting ability."
Which is option B... and it definitely makes sense. But let's check out the others just
to be sure... C has the same problem that A did... Bacon
would say that it's a positive thing to esteem friends...
...what about "eschew?" Gesundheit.
This word basically means to shun or steer clear of... which would apply that one already
had friends they wanted to avoid... and that doesn't go with Bacon's sentiment.
E -- burden? Nah... he's talking about needing friends, not burdening anyone.
Our answer is B.
We'll get you a Kleenex.