AP English Language and Composition 5.2 Passage Drill
He or she that answereth this question shall...answereth it. And hopefully feel kind of accomplished. Hit play and figure out the primary rhetorical function of the quote.
|AP||AP English Language and Composition|
|AP English Language and Composition||Passage Drill|
|Conventions||Apply knowledge of language to make effective choices for meaning or style|
|Reading Assessment||Rhetorical Strategies and Use of Evidence|
|Rhetorical Function, Strategy, and Purpose||Rhetorical Function|
|Test Prep||AP English Language and Composition|
Check out the passage. We've read this how many times now?
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All right, we're done.
The primary rhetorical function of the quotes in lines
23 through 24 - right here -
is to what?
All right, and here are the potential answers. Hmm.
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All right, well, "he that loveth his life shall lose it."
This lovely yet very depressing quote supports the speaker's argument
which is that it's dangerous to think that we have control over our lives.
This idea supports the larger argument,
the one that says that humans are wrong to think that we can totally understand the world.
All of this then ties into the thesis, or main argument, about
how we oughta separate ethical beliefs from philosophy.
Is it us or is this guy doing a lot of arguing?
All right, well, we can see why option A might make sense.
However, the quote doesn't go as far as actually reiterating, or restating,
the speaker's thesis.
The quote's simply lending a helping hand, not hitting us
over the head with the thesis one more time.
It's always welcome to try, though. We brought a helmet.
Option E is sort of right.
It's the only quote in the passage, so it does change up the structure a bit.
We're all for changing up structures.
Yeah, kind of like that.
Option C is a definite no.
We already said that the speaker is using the quote to support
his views, not to contradict them.
This might make option B look like a good answer,
but it's not.
Including a quote that sounds a hundred years old can be impressive,
but this quote has bigger fish to fry.
The correct answer is D. It's the only answer that gets
how the quote supports an argument...
that supports a bigger argument... that supports an even bigger argument.
It's like one building block
in the massive Lego masterpiece we spent our entire
adolescence working on.
[ singing ] Cause everything is awesome...
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