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December 1, 2012

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4. Which sentence describes the relationship of the setting to the plot in the passage?

A. The setting is important only at the beginning of the passage.

B. The setting contributes little to the conclusion of the passage.

C. The setting influences the progression of events in the passage.

D. The setting prevents the resolution of the conflict in the passage.

The student is asked to analyze the relationship of the setting to the plot. The setting is a small rural town in the American West, which affects the scenery and people Howard observes throughout the passage. Therefore, option C, “the setting influences the progression of events in the passage,” would be correct. Options A, B, and D do not accurately reflect how the setting affects the plot.

5. Which sentence from the passage most clearly conveys a nostalgic tone?

 A. “It was about six o’clock as he caught sight of the splendid broken line of hills on which his baby eyes had looked thirty-five years ago.”

B. “The one main street ended at the hillside at his left, and stretched away to the north, between two rows of the usual village stores, unrelieved by a tree or a touch of beauty.”

C. “They climbed into the seat after William had lowered the buggy-top and unhitched the horse from the post.”

D. “They were passing along lanes now, between superb fields of corn, wherein plowmen were at work.”

The student is asked to identify which sentence from the passage most clearly conveys a nostalgictone. Option A, which recounts a memory that Howard has when looking at the landscape, most clearly reflects a nostalgic tone. Options B, C, and D may have a slight nostalgic “feel” but not as strong as in option A.

6. What effect does the third person limited point of view have on the passage?

A. It allows the reader to understand the motives of William McTurg.

B. It allows the reader to feel sympathy for the men near the salt-barrels.

C. It allows the reader to feel dislike for the relatives plowing corn in the fields.

D. It allows the reader to understand the feelings of Howard McLane.

The student is asked to determine what effect the third person limited point of view has on the passage. The point of view used allows the reader to focus on how Howard thinks and what he feels as he travels through his childhood town; therefore, option D, which is the only option that involves

Howard’s feelings, is correct. Options A, B, and C do not reflect the effect of the point of view used in the passage.

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