AP English Literature and Composition 1.9 Passage Drill 4
AP English Literature and Composition 1.9 Passage Drill 4. Lines 32-34 are best understood to mean what?
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Passage Drill 4
|Imagery and Figurative Language||Identifying uses of imagery|
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Here are lines 32 through 34:
To what green altar, O mysterious priest, Lead'st thou that heifer lowing at the skies,
And all her silken flanks with garlands drest?
Okay, well we're going to an altar, so... is somebody getting married!
Shoot -- where are they registered? We need to get them something!
Alas... it doesn't appear that a wedding is one of the answer choices, so... must be some
other kind of altar...
We also have a "heifer lowing at the skies"... or... a cow mooing up a storm.
There's also a priest involved...
Ah! Sounds like this cow is about to be sacrificed... and not just because the "men and maidens"
have decided to grill out on Memorial Day.
In fact, if we look at line 31, the line directly preceding these 3, we see that it reads:
Who are these coming to the sacrifice?
Well, there we go. The author really spells it all out for us.
Clearly, it isn't a maiden being led anywhere, so D and E are out...
...there's no mention of a shepherd so C is no good...
...and the cow only wishes it were being led to pasture. A isn't it either.
No -- our answer is B: a priest is preparing for a sacrifice.
And hey -- he might also get a nice, new jacket out of the deal...