FREE AP English Language & Composition Question and Answers

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What about the passage's final sentence is ironic?

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Explanation:
The way Mr. Hopkins treated the slaves exemplifies situational irony, which is when something turns out differently than expected. The slaves thought he was a good overseer even though he still beat them because "he seemed to take no pleasure in it," despite the fact that he still beat them.

The phrase "cursing, raging, hacking and slashing" is used by the author to

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Explanation:
That particular paragraph uses imagery to underscore Mr. Severe lack of empathy and propensity for violence.

Which response best captures the tone or mood of the author in this passage?

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Explanation:
The tone of the author is best characterized as "outraged," since the author goes into great detail to describe Mr. Severe "cruel" treatment of his slaves. The term "laconic" refers to being terse or using little words, which would be incorrect given how extensively the author describes Mr. Severe harshness. Although the word "melancholy" connotes sadness or longing, Douglass expresses his displeasure by using acrimonious language. The word "wry" refers to humor, but the passage's tone is serious, and the characters—not the author—are "demanding."

Which of the following best describes the passage's literary style?

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Explanation:
This section of "The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass" is an extract. The paragraph, which is written in the first person, tells Frederick Douglass's personal narrative. The term "personal anecdote" comes the closest to describing this kind of writing.

Which of the following conclusions about the author can be drawn?

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Explanation:
The narrator had to overcome a lot to go from being a slave to writing such an articulate autobiography, and his writing abilities are clearly demonstrated in the chapter. Based only on the passage, none of the other options are necessarily true. Although we are certain that the narrator moved to Colonel Lloyd's, we were unsure as to how frequently he did so.

Who was Colonel Lloyd, according to the passage's implicit meaning?

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Explanation:
The author is obviously writing about Mr. Severe experience as a slave while portraying the "overseer" Mr. Severe. Colonel Lloyd was probably a new slave owner who the author "went" to live with after being bought and sold.

Which of the following is NOT true about Mr. Severe?

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Explanation:
The word "NOT" in the question should not be disregarded. It implies that Mr. Severe will be adequately described by 4/5 options. In this section, Douglass includes numerous illustrative details to emphasize Mr. Severe brutality, including his abuse of slaves, his use of profanity, and his general wickedness. Mr. Severe is the overseer, not the slave owner, despite the fact that he is revolting and brutal.

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