AP English Literature and Composition 1.9 Passage Drill 7
AP English Literature and Composition 1.9 Passage Drill 7. According to lines 67 through 77, what lesson did each brother learn from his family's relationship to money?
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Passage Drill 7
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Ah, if we all could only learn from our family's money problems, rather than repeating their mistakes...
Fortunately, this passage is fiction, so... we can!
Let's start by looking at lines 66 through 77...
"These two brothers had been brought up together in a school at Exeter; and, being accustomed
to go home once a week, had often heard, from their mother's lips, long accounts of their
father's sufferings in his days of poverty, and of their deceased uncle's importance in
his days of affluence: which recitals produced a very different impression on the two: for,
while the younger, who was of a timid and retiring disposition, gleaned from thence
nothing but forewarnings to shun the great world and attach himself to the quiet routine
of a country life, Ralph, the elder, deduced from the often-repeated tale the two great
morals that riches are the only true source of happiness and power, and that it is lawful
and just to compass their acquisition by all means short of felony."
Okay, so we've got a city mouse and a country mouse.
The younger "gleaned from thence nothing," in other words... he didn't really learn anything
from his father's failures or uncle's successes.
He was content to be a bumpkin, "attaching himself to the quiet routine of a country life."
So... he probably had his fill of pigs and chickens and whatnot.
The older brother, on the other hand, deduced that "riches are the only true source of happiness
and power," and that it is "lawful and just to compass their acquisition by all means short of felony."
In English... do whatever it takes to acquire as much money as possible, as long as you're
not breaking the law.
Of course, as we all know, many fabulously wealthy people don't even let that stop them...
Looking over our answer choices, there's only one that says roughly what we just did...
Answer B: The younger learned to live in a quiet routine, while the elder learned to
Guess we know who will be staying in whose guest house above the garage in about 10 years...