AP English Literature and Composition Practice Test 11

Questions 1-11 refer to the following information.

New York seemed not so much awakening
as turning over in its bed. Pallid men rushed
by, pinching together their coat-collars; a
great swarm of tired, magpie girls from a
05department-store crowded along with shrieks
of strident laughter, three to an umbrella; a
squad of marching policemen passed, already
miraculously protected by oilskin capes.
The rain gave Amory a feeling of detachment,
10and the numerous unpleasant aspects
of city life without money occurred to him in
threatening procession. There was the ghastly,
stinking crush of the subway—the car cards
thrusting themselves at one, leering out like
15dull bores who grab your arm with another
story; the querulous worry as to whether
some one isn't leaning on you; a man deciding
not to give his seat to a woman, hating her
for it; the woman hating him for not doing it;
20at worst a squalid phantasmagoria of breath,
and old cloth on human bodies and the smells
of the food men ate—at best just people—too
hot or too cold, tired, worried.
He pictured the rooms where these people
25lived—where the patterns of the blistered
wall-papers were heavy reiterated sunflowers
on green and yellow backgrounds, where
there were tin bathtubs and gloomy hallways
and verdureless, unnamable spaces in back
30of the buildings; where even love dressed as
seduction—a sordid murder around the corner,
illicit motherhood in the flat above. And
always there was the economical stuffiness of
indoor winter, and the long summers, nightmares
35of perspiration between sticky enveloping
walls . . . dirty restaurants where careless,
tired people helped themselves to sugar with
their own used coffee-spoons, leaving hard
brown deposits in the bowl.
40It was not so bad where there were only
men or else only women; it was when they
were vilely herded that it all seemed so rotten.
It was some shame that women gave off
at having men see them tired and poor—it
45was some disgust that men had for women
who were tired and poor. It was dirtier than
any battle-field he had seen, harder to contemplate
than any actual hardship moulded
of mire and sweat and danger, it was an atmosphere
50wherein birth and marriage and death
were loathsome, secret things.
He remembered one day in the subway
when a delivery boy had brought in a great
funeral wreath of fresh flowers, how the smell
55of it had suddenly cleared the air and given
every one in the car a momentary glow.
"I detest poor people," thought Amory
suddenly. "I hate them for being poor. Poverty
may have been beautiful once, but it's rotten
60now. It's the ugliest thing in the world. It's
essentially cleaner to be corrupt and rich than
it is to be innocent and poor."
He seemed to see again a figure whose
significance had once impressed him—a
65well-dressed young man gazing from a club
window on Fifth Avenue and saying something
to his companion with a look of utter
disgust. Probably, thought Amory, what he
said was: "My God! Aren't people horrible!"
70Never before in his life had Amory considered
poor people. He thought cynically
how completely he was lacking in all human
sympathy. O. Henry had found in these people
romance, pathos, love, hate—Amory saw
75only coarseness, physical filth, and stupidity.
He made no self-accusations: never any
more did he reproach himself for feelings
that were natural and sincere. He accepted
all his reactions as a part of him, unchangeable,
80unmoral. This problem of poverty transformed,
magnified, attached to some grander,
more dignified attitude might some day even
be his problem; at present it roused only his
profound distaste.

1. The first paragraph differs from the remaining paragraphs in the passage in that

2. As described in the passage, Amory's distaste for the city is based primarily on its

3. Describing the rooms occupied by subway riders (lines 24–32), the narrator uses a series of parallel clauses primarily to

4. Amory's attitude toward poverty-stricken people might best be described as

5. The use of the phrase "some shame that women gave off" in line 43 indicates that Amory

6. The effect of the funeral wreath on the subway passengers (lines 52–56) might best be characterized as an example of

7. The narrator's tone in the passage can best be described as

8. Based on Amory's observations of New York, which of the following conditions does he NOT attribute to poverty?

9. The last paragraph of the passage (lines 70–84) indicates that the speaker believes which of the following to be true of Amory?

10. In context, the narrator's allusion to O. Henry (line 73) serves primarily to

11. The contents of lines 80–84 suggest that this passage most probably precedes an account of