AP English Literature and Composition Question 235: Answer and Explanation

Question: 235

4. The repeated use of "ashamed" in lines 4–23 indicates that Tanner

  • A. wishes to emphasize the pervasiveness of shame
  • B. hopes to provoke Ramsden into an argument
  • C. expects Ramsden to take back his nasty remark about Tanner's impudence
  • D. doubts that Ramsden can readily absorb the message
  • E. wants to impress his listener with the breadth and depth of his thinking about the issue

Correct Answer: A


(A) Tanner harps on the word "ashamed"in arguing that people are conformists and that their fear of shame lies behind almost everything they do.