AP English Language and Composition Practice Question 1
In his 1729 essay "A Modest Proposal," Jonathan Swift wrote the following:
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Correct Answer: B
B As is often the case on the real exam, this first passage, taken from Jonathan Swift’s "A Modest Proposal" is a relatively easy one. This question sets up many of the others that follow it so make sure you get this one correct. If you take the author’s proposal seriously, then four of the answers [(A), (C), (D), and (E)] are plausible; of course, the key is to understand that the author is not making a serious proposal, but, rather, he is satirizing other so-called scientific studies that, under the guise of humanitarianism, tend to offer cruel (if not sadistic) "solutions" to poverty. Therefore, (B) is the only acceptable answer.