CAHSEE ELA: Literary Genres Drill 6, Problem 4. Which of the following is a characteristic of a ballad?
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as well. Good thing we took our ginko biloba.
We'll zero in on (D) first.
We're sure that rhyming is prerequisite for all ballads, so we can take (D) out of consideration.
Both (A) and (B) fall into the "well kinda" category.
No one's saying a ballad can't feature larger- than-life heroes and mythical creatures.
But ballads don't necessarily have to boast any of these things.
Therefore both (A) and (D) out of our lives. This leaves us with choice (C), which correctly
identifies the fact that ballads consistently have a musical, song-like quality.
Think "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" or maybe "Ballad of a Thin Man" by Bob Dylan.
Though some might debate about the musicality of Dylan's voice.
Of course... there are others who would throw a brick through the window of anyone who questioned
the primacy of Dylan, so... take it for what it's worth.