AP English Literature and Composition Practice Test 22

Questions 1-10 refer to the following information.

After their marriage they busied themselves,
with marked success, in enlarging the
circle of their acquaintance. Thirty people
knew them by sight; twenty more with smiling
05demonstrations tolerated their occasional
presence within hospitable thresholds; at
least fifty others became aware of their existence.
They moved in their enlarged world
amongst perfectly delightful men and women
10who feared emotion, enthusiasm, or failure,
more than fire, war, or moral disease; who
tolerated only the commonest formulas of
commonest thoughts, and recognized only
profitable facts. It was an extremely charming
15sphere, the abode of all the virtues, where
nothing is realized and where all joys and
sorrows are cautiously toned down into pleasures
and annoyances. In that serene region,
then, where noble sentiments are cultivated
20in sufficient profusion to conceal the pitiless
materialism of thoughts and aspirations Alvan
Hervey and his wife spent five years of prudent
bliss unclouded by any doubt as to the
moral propriety of their existence. She, to give
25her individuality fair play, took up all manner
of philanthropic work and became a member
of various rescuing and reforming societies
patronized or presided over by ladies of title.
He took an active interest in politics; and having
30met quite by chance a literary man—who
nevertheless was related to an earl—he was
induced to finance a moribund society paper.
It was a semi-political, and wholly scandalous
publication, redeemed by excessive dulness
35[sic]; and as it was utterly faithless, as it
contained no new thought, as it never by any
chance had a flash of wit, satire, or indignation
in its pages, he judged it respectable enough,
at first sight. Afterwards, when it paid, he
40promptly perceived that upon the whole it was
a virtuous undertaking. It paved the way of his
ambition; and he enjoyed also the special kind
of importance he derived from this connection
with what he imagined to be literature.
45This connection still further enlarged their
world. Men who wrote or drew prettily for the
public came at times to their house, and his
editor came very often. He thought him rather
an ass because he had such big front teeth (the
50proper thing is to have small, even teeth) and
wore his hair a trifle longer than most men do.
However, some dukes wear their hair long, and
the fellow indubitably knew his business. The
worst was that his gravity, though perfectly
55portentous, could not be trusted. He sat, elegant
and bulky, in the drawing-room, the head
of his stick hovering in front of his big teeth,
and talked for hours with a thick-lipped smile
(he said nothing that could be considered
60objectionable and not quite the thing), talked
in an unusual manner—not obviously—irritatingly.
His forehead was too lofty—unusually
so—and under it there was a straight nose, lost
between the hairless cheeks, that in a smooth
65curve ran into a chin shaped like the end of a
snow-shoe. And in this face that resembled the
face of a fat and fiendishly knowing baby there
glinted a pair of clever, peering, unbelieving
black eyes. He wrote verses too. Rather an ass.
70But the band of men who trailed at the skirts of
his monumental frock-coat seemed to perceive
wonderful things in what he said. Alvan Hervey
put it down to affectation. Those artist chaps,
upon the whole, were so affected. Still, all this
75was highly proper—very useful to him—and
his wife seemed to like it—as if she also had
derived some distinct and secret advantage
from this intellectual connection. She received
her mixed and decorous guests with a kind of
80tall, ponderous grace, peculiarly her own and
which awakened in the mind of intimidated
strangers incongruous and improper reminiscences
of an elephant, a giraffe, a gazelle;
of a gothic tower—of an overgrown angel. Her
85Thursdays were becoming famous in their
world; and their world grew steadily, annexing
street after street. It included also Somebody's
Gardens, a Crescent—a couple of Squares.

1. The primary rhetorical function of the sentence beginning on line 3 is to

2. The pair of adjectives that best describes the narrator's tone in lines 8–14 ("They moved . . . facts") is

3. From the comment that Alvan Hervey met a literary man "who nevertheless was related to an earl" (lines 30–31), the reader can infer that

4. The humor in the passage derives mainly from

5. Which trait of the Herveys is given the most emphasis in the passage?

6. The reason that Mrs. Hervey joined "various rescuing and reforming societies" (line 27) was to

7. Lines 28–44 serve to show all of the following about Alvan Hervey EXCEPT that he

8. The narrator describes Alvan Hervey's editor primarily in terms of his

9. In lines 81–82, the strangers are "intimidated" in the sense that they

10. In lines 87–88, the narrator's use of "Somebody's Gardens, a Crescent—a couple of Squares" rather than the names of specific places suggests that