AP English Literature and Composition Question 94: Answer and Explanation

Question: 94

11. In context, "mild-visaged" (line 54) most nearly means

  • A. having a calm temper
  • B. having a gentle face
  • C. having an old face
  • D. being confused
  • E. having a kind mask

Correct Answer: B


Caesar has a gentle face; he is mild-visaged. Visage means "face." Choice (E) might have misled some people because there is the suggestion that Caesar is vicious, and hence could be "masked," but we see Caesar differently than Louisa does. This adjective is just straightforwardly descriptive, not a clue to hidden depths. Don't overread the passage.