AP English Literature and Composition 1.9 Passage Drill 3

AP English Literature and Composition 1.9 Passage Drill 3. What can be inferred from the frequent use of the dash in this passage?

AP English Literature and CompositionDiction and Syntax
Passage Drill
Passage Drill 3
EnglishDiction and Syntax
LanguageEnglish Language
Product TypeAP English Literature

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So to answer this one, we really just have to fall back on our understanding of punctuation

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and literary devices.

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What's the author's reason for packing this passage chock full of dashes?

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Does he think they're visually appealing? Is his "period" key broken? Did the "Dash

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Mafia" get to him? Nah. Dashes don't imply censoring, abridgment,

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or unknown information.

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They are used for one thing and one thing only -- to indicate an abrupt halt or transition in speech.

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Looking over our five answer choices, B is the only one that fits the bill.

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The moral of this question? Don't cut people off mid-sentence...

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...or the Dash Mafia will come for you...