AP English Literature and Composition Practice Question 1
Excerpt from The Awakening by Kate Chopin (pp. 1–6). Copyright © 1899 by Herbert S. Stone & Co.
The tone of the beginning of the passage is
Correct Answer: A
Like many questions on the exam, this question is essentially a sophisticated vocabulary question. The key to understanding it is to note the unpleasant noises made by the birds at the outset. There is no sense of the playfulness of whimsy, (B), and though it isn't a lighthearted start, it is too lively and raucous to be brooding, (C). There is no humor intended to be satirical, (D), and there is none of the idyllic romantic depiction of nature in pastoral imagery, (E). It's all about the noise.