AP English Literature and Composition Question 210: Answer and Explanation

Question: 210

4. Which of the following best describes the prevailing poetic technique used in lines 8–15?

  • A. Hyperbole that stresses the snake's malevolence
  • B. Personification that endows the snake with a human personality
  • C. Imagery that captures the snake's intimidating appearance
  • D. Onomatopoetic words that replicate snake sounds
  • E. Diction that suggests the snake's slithering movement

Correct Answer: E


(E) Smooth-sounding phrases such as "yellow-brown slackness soft-bellied down" (line 9) and "slack long body,/Silently" (lines 14-15) recreate the sinuous flow of the snake over the ground.