Challenging Questions from AP Gauntlet Practice AP Language & Composition Delacruz’s Class Question #9 Question Type: Antecedent In line 52, “those” refers to which of the following?… Vocabulary: Circumlocutions: using more words than needed in order to evade Strategy: Antecedent questions are one of the easier questions to track directly in the passage because it does not require inference. However, take care to look at the sentences around the line to answer this question effectively. Question #16 Question Type: Inference and rhetorical purpose The description of the “delicate balance’’ (line 41) achieved at jazz jam sessions contributes to the unity of the passage in which of the following ways? Strategy: This question requires understanding of the speaker’s holistic claim. The speaker’s purpose is not simply to talk about art. The subject matter is about his neighborhood. Question #33 Question Type: Tone The tone of the passage is best described as… Vocabulary: Acerbic: cutting Irate: furious Judicious: sensible Strategy: You have to consider the entire passage for macrotone questions like this one. When you investigate the answer choices more, remember to consider all the words in the tone pairings. For example, in option (E), irate is obviously wrong, but carefully judicious is slightly contradictory when paired with irate. Be careful not to pick an answer choice based on one word that best suits your interpretation. What is the test maker’s interpretation? Question # 36 Question Type: Close-Reading With which of the following pairs does the speaker illustrate what she means by “shizoid” in line 17? Vocabulary: Schizoid: schizophrenic Strategy: This question requires not only reading in context for the line indicated in the question (line 17), but reading in context of the answer choices. Notice also that the answer choice line numbers are the closest to the line numbers indicated. Nevertheless, first rereading line 17 reveals the speaker’s description of the use shizoid, immediately after the speaker uses the word. Question # 41 Question Type: Rhetorical Purpose The speaker mentions the “Servie-U-Sef” plaque (line 47) chiefly as an example of… Vocabulary: Churlish: rude Inimitable: unique Strategy: The question is asking why the speaker uses this phrase. Return to the line and consider the rhetorical purpose of this phrase. Some of the answer choices are clearly incorrect. While (a) may seem to be correct, it is not the “chief” purpose. There is nothing rude about this phrase (b), or sly sexual connotations (d). (e) is repetitive in word choice. Question # 48 Question Type: Footnote (comprehension) Which of the following is an accurate reading of footnote 2? Vocabulary: Nothing particularly difficult here. Strategy: What is the purpose and organization of the footnote? Remember that the footnote can clarify the specified text and serve as citation. Look carefully at the way this citation is constructed. Remember that MLA citation used quotation marks with articles and italicized texts with journals, novel works, or longer pieces.