AP English Literature and Composition Practice Test 27

Questions 1-15 refer to the following information.

When we went down-stairs, we were presented
to Mr. Skimpole, who was standing before the
fire, telling Richard how fond he used to be, in his
school-time, of football. He was a little bright creature,
05with a rather large head; but a delicate face,
and a sweet voice, and there was a perfect charm
in him. All he said was so free from effort and
spontaneous, and was said with such a captivating
gaiety, that it was fascinating to hear him talk.
10Being of a more slender figure than Mr. Jarndyce,
and having a richer complexion, with browner
hair, he looked younger. Indeed, he had more the
appearance, in all respects, of a damaged young
man, than a well-preserved elderly one. There was
15an easy negligence in his manner, and even in his
dress (his hair carelessly disposed, and his neckerchief
loose and flowing, as I have seen artists
paint their own portraits), which I could not separate
from the idea of a romantic youth who had
20undergone some unique process of depreciation.
It struck me as being not at all like the manner or
appearance of a man who had advanced in life, by
the usual road of years, cares, and experiences.
I gathered from the conversation, that Mr.
25Skimpole had been educated for the medical profession,
and had once lived in his professional
capacity, in the household of a German prince.
He told us, however, that as he had always been a
mere child in points of weights and measures, and
30had never known anything about them (except
that they disgusted him), he had never been
able to prescribe with the requisite accuracy of
detail. In fact, he said, he had no head for detail.
And he told us, with great humour, that when he
35was wanted to bleed the prince, or physic any of
his people, he was generally found lying on his
back, in bed, reading the newspapers, or making
fancy sketches in pencil, and couldn't come. The
prince, at last objecting to this, 'in which,' said
40Mr. Skimpole, in the frankest manner, 'he was
perfectly right,' the engagement terminated, and
Mr. Skimpole having (as he added with delightful
gaiety) 'nothing to live upon but love, fell in love,
and married, and surrounded himself with rosy
45cheeks.' His good friend Jarndyce and some other
of his good friends then helped him, in quicker
or slower succession, to several openings in life;
but to no purpose, for he must confess to two of
the oldest infirmities in the world: one was, that
50he had no idea of time; the other, that he had no
idea of money. In consequence of which he never
kept an appointment, never could transact any
business, and never knew the value of anything!
Well! So he had got on in life, and here he was! He
55was very fond of reading the papers, very fond of
making fancy sketches with a pencil, very fond
of nature, very fond of art. All he asked of society
was, to let him live. That wasn't much. His
wants were few. Give him the papers, conversation,
60music, mutton, coffee, landscape, fruit in the
season, a few sheets of Bristol-board, and a little
claret, and he asked no more. He was a mere child
in the world, but he didn't cry for the moon. He
said to the world, 'Go your several ways in peace!
65Wear red coats, blue coats, lawn sleeves, put pens
behind your ears, wear aprons; go after glory,
holiness, commerce, trade, any object you prefer;
only—let Harold Skimpole live!'
All this, and a great deal more, he told us,
70not only with the utmost brilliancy and enjoyment,
but with a certain vivacious candour—
speaking of himself as if he were not at all his
own affair, as if Skimpole were a third person,
as if he knew that Skimpole had his singularities,
75but still had his claims too, which were
the general business of the community and
must not be slighted. He was quite enchanting.
If I felt at all confused at that early time, in
endeavoring to reconcile anything he said with
80anything I had thought about the duties and
accountabilities of life (which I am far from
sure of), I was confused by not exactly understanding
why he was free of them. That he was
free of them, I scarcely doubted; he was so very
85clear about it himself.

1. The narrator is quickly caught up in Skimpole's story mainly because of

2. The narrator is puzzled by one aspect of Skimpole's story primarily because

3. In line 13, "damaged" is best interpreted to mean

4. The antecedent of the relative pronoun "which" in line 18 is

5. Which of the following pairs of adjectives best describe the narrator's tone?

6. Which of the following best describes the purpose(s) of the passage?

I. To introduce Skimpole through the eyes of the narrator

II. To reveal some of the narrator's values and biases

III. To compare Skimpole and the narrator

7. The chief effect of the diction and imagery in lines 4–23 is to

8. The shift that occurs between the first and second paragraphs of the passage can best be described as one from

9. The phrase "rosy cheeks" (lines 44–45) is an example of

10. In lines 46–47, "in quicker or slower succession" is best interpreted to mean that

11. The narrator's interjection, "Well! So he had got on in life, and here he was" (line 54), functions in all of the following ways except

12. The structure of the sentence beginning in line 65 ("Wear red . . .") does which of the following?

13. The last paragraph (lines 69–85) suggests that this passage most probably precedes an account of

14. The dominant impression that Skimpole leaves on the narrator is that of

15. The passage as a whole draws a contrast between