AP English Literature and Composition Practice Test 24

Questions 1-15 refer to the following information.

The wound in my uncle Toby's groin, which
he received at the siege of Namur, rendering him
unfit for the service, it was thought expedient he
should return toEngland, in order, if possible, to
05be set to rights.
He was four years totally confined,—part of
it to his bed, and all of it to his room; and in the
course of his cure, which was all that time in hand,
suffer'd unspeakable miseries,—owing to a succession
10of exfoliations from the os pubis,1 and the
outward edge of that part of the coxendixcalled
the os ilium,2—both which bones were dismally
crush'd, as much by the irregularity of the stone,
which I told you was broke off the parapet,—as
15by its size,—(though it was pretty large) which
inclined the surgeon all along to think, that the
great injury which it had done my uncle Toby's
groin, was more owing to the gravity of the stone
itself, than to the projectile force of it,—which he
20would often tell him was a great happiness.
My father at that time was just beginning business
in London and had taken a house;—and as
the truest friendship and cordiality subsisted
between the two brothers,—and that my father
25thought my uncle Toby could no where be so well
nursed and taken care of as in own house,—he
assign'd him the very best apartment in it.—And
what was a much more sincere mark of his affection
still, he would never suffer a friend or an
30acquaintance to step into the house on any occasion,
but he would take him by the hand, and lead
him up stairs to see his brother Toby, and chat an
hour by his bed side.
The history of a soldier's wound beguiles the
35pain of it;—my uncle's visitors, at least, thought
so, and in their daily calls upon him, from the
courtesy arising out of that belief, they would frequently
turn the discourse to that subject,—and
from that subject the discourse would generally
40roll on to the siege itself.
These conversations were infinitely kind; and
my uncle Toby received great relief from them,
and would have received much more, but that
they brought him into some unforeseen perplexities,
45which, for three months together, retarded
his cure greatly; and if he had not hit upon an
expedient to extricate himself out of them, I verily
believe they would have laid him in his grave.
What these perplexities of my uncle?Toby
50were,—'tis impossible for you to guess;—if you
could,—I should blush; not as a relation,—
not as a man,—nor even as a woman,—but I
should blush as an author; inasmuch as I set no
small store by myself upon this very account, that
55my reader has never yet been able to guess at any
And in this, Sir, I am of so nice a singular
humour, that if I thought you was able to
form the least judgment or probable conjecture
60to yourself, of what was to come in the next
page,—I would tear it out of my book.

1 the hipbone
2 bone in the upper part of the pelvis

1. The phrase "rendering him unfit for the service" (lines 2–3) is reinforced by all of the following EXCEPT

2. In context, the word "expedient" (line 3) is best interpreted to mean

3. The phrase "if possible" in line 4 casts into doubt that Toby

4. The narrator uses the Latin names of Toby's bones (lines 10–12) primarily to

5. Prior to this passage, the author evidently wrote

6. By using the phrase "a great happiness" (line 20), the speaker is suggesting that Uncle Toby's surgeon has which of the following characteristics?

7. The best interpretation of the word "subsisted" in line 23 is

8. The narrator's attitude toward his father may best be described as

9. Which of the following statements about Toby's condition does the narrator imply?

10. The sentence beginning in lines 27–28 ("And what was . . .") does which of the following?

11. The sentence "The history of a soldier's wound beguiles the pain of it" (lines 34–35) does which of the following?

12. The phrase "if you could" (lines 50–51) suggests that the narrator places great value on

13. The last paragraphs (lines 49–61) suggest that this passage is likely to precede an account of

14. The last two paragraphs of the passage (lines 49–61) differ from those that came before in all of the following ways EXCEPT

15. Which of the following pairs of adjectives best describe the tone of the passage?