AP English Language and Composition 4.6 Passage Drill
Take a look at this shmoopy question and see if you can figure out which device the speaker employs the most.
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[ mumbling continues ]
Okay, yep, we're done.
Which device does the speaker employ most?
And here are the potential answers.
[ goat sound ] [ mumbles ]
All right, well, we need a strong grasp on the whole passage for this one.
If we don't have one, it might be a good idea to skim through the passage again
with all these options in mind. And do it quickly, because these tests time you.
Option D thinks the speaker is being ironic the whole time.
If that were so, the speaker would be saying the opposite of what he means to make the point.
And ironic speech
is sort of a wink, wink, nudge, nudge situation.
As far as we can tell, the speaker is saying exactly what he means.
We declare this speech irony-free. Yep.
Answer B says the speaker uses a lot of alliteration,
or words that begin with the same consonant sound.
If this were true, the speaker's speech might sound like this:
The quota of questions makes me quiver, quack, and quake.
Luckily, the speech sounds nothing like that.
We're gonna have to say no to choice A.
The speaker doesn't seem all that into understatement.
Where does he purposely downplay anything?
Well, nowhere that we can see. If anything, he's an exaggeration fiend.
[ shout ]
E claims the speaker is sweet on similes,
but the speaker doesn't use many besides
the Facebook status-worthy simile about the violin.
If you wanna make that quote your Facebook status, well, we won't judge.
Option C gets it right.
All sorts of tricks are pulled out of a hat, but
metaphor is the speaker's favorite.
the whole immortality/sunrise/infancy
bit is a metaphor with a capital "M."
And as we all know, capitalized metaphors are way
better than the ones in lowercase.
[ shout ]