AP English Language and Composition 2.7 Passage Drill
AP English Language and Composition 2.7 Passage Drill. The speaker's choice of syntax in the phrase, "he... guilt" (line 17) places most emphasis on which of the following words?
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Yeah, again. How many times have you read this?
Keep reading, keep reading... This is awful.
[ mumbles ]
Okay, let's go.
The speaker's choice of syntax in the phrase,
"he... guilt" (line 17)
places most emphasis on which of the following words?
And here are the potential answers.
[ mumbles ] Hmm.
All right, well, let's go.
Okay, so this question wants us to zero in on a particular
line and figure out what is being emphasized most.
Unfortunately, none of the words are italicized, so there goes that shortcut.
Well, here's the line they're citing, plus the one before it for a little context at no extra charge.
"He conjured them to think of the blood that would be shed,
and to remember that it would lie at their door;
they retorted the charge;
he was the aggressor and his would be the guilt."
All right. Rather than taking these five choices one by one,
let's dissect this thing a bit and figure out what it's saying.
"He conjured them to think of the blood that would be shed, and to remember that it would lie at their door."
So the king's warning the Houses about all the blood
that'd be spilled and that it would be in their neighborhood.
Not a good thing.
But then "they retorted the charge;"
(that is they came back with)
"he was the aggressor and his would be the guilt."
I.E. it was the king who started it,
so whatever nasty stuff went down,
he was the one who'd have to live with it.
In other words, the Houses are trying to take the blame
off their shoulders and put it on the king's.
Well, with that in mind, it seems like "he" and "his"
are the two most likely candidates here.
However, we give "his" the nod here because
"he was the aggressor" is more of a statement of fact,
while "his would be the guilt" is more of an accusation.
And people tend to emphasize accusations a bit more than facts.
So our answer is C.
And if we're wrong, well, we're just blaming the king.
[ whining ] [ evil laughter ]