AP English Literature and Composition Practice Test 31

Questions 1-10 refer to the following information.

People have wondered (there being obviously
no question of romance involved) how
I could ever have allowed myself to be let in
for the East African adventure of Mrs. Diana
05in search of her husband. There were several
reasons. To begin with; the time and effort and
money weren't mine; they were the property of
the wheel of which I was but a cog, the Society
through which Diana's life had been insured,
10along with the rest of that job lot of missionaries.
The "letting in" was the firm's. In the second
place, the wonderers have not counted on
Mrs. Diana's capacity for getting things done
for her. Meek and helpless. Yes, but God was
15on her side. Too meek, too helpless to move
mountains herself, if those who happened to
be handy didn't move them for her then her
God would know the reason why. Having dedicated
her all to making straight the Way, why
20should her neighbor cavil at giving a little? The
writer for one, a colonial governor-general for
another, railway magnates, insurance managers,
safari?leaders, the ostrich farmer of Ndua,
all these and a dozen others in their turns have
25felt the hundred-ton weight of her thin-lipped
meekness—have seen her in metaphor sitting
grimly on the doorsteps of their souls.
A third reason lay in my own troubled conscience.
Though I did it in innocence, I can
30never forget that it was I who personally conducted
Diana's party to the Observatory on
that fatal night in Boston before it sailed. Had
it not been for that kindly intentioned "hunch"
of mine, the astonished eye of the Reverend
35Hubert Diana would never have gazed through
the floor of Heaven, and he would never have
undertaken to measure the Infinite with the
foot rule of his mind.
It all started so simply. My boss at the shipping-
40and-insurance office gave me the word
in the morning. "Bunch of missionaries for the
Platonic?tomorrow. They're on our hands in a
way. Show 'em the town." It wasn't so easy when
you think of it: one male and seven females on
45their way to the heathen; though it was easier
in Boston than it might have been in some
other towns. The evening looked the simplest.
My friend Krum was at the Observatory that
semester; there at least I was sure their sensibilities
50would come to no harm.
On the way out in the street car, seated
opposite to Diana and having to make conversation,
I talked of Krum and of what I knew
of his work with the spiral nebulaé. Having to
55appear to listen, Diana did so (as all day long)
with a vaguely indulgent smile. He really hadn't
time for me. That night his life was exalted as
it had never been, and would perhaps never
be again. Tomorrow's sailing, the actual fact
60of leaving all to follow Him, held his imagination
in thrall. Moreover, he was a bridegroom
of three days with his bride beside him, his
nerves at once assuaged and thrilled. No, but
more. As if a bride were not enough, arrived in
65Boston, he had found himself surrounded by a
very galaxy of womanhood gathered from the
four corners; already within hours one felt the
chaste tentacles of their feminine dependence
curling about the party's unique man; already
70their contacts with the world of their new lives
began to be made through him; already they
saw in part through his eyes. I wonder what he
would have said if I had told him he was a little

1. The speaker metaphorically compares himself to

2. The phrase "job lot of missionaries" (lines 10–11) conveys which of the following about the speaker?

3. Which of the following best describes the tone of the phrase "Meek and helpless" in line 14?

4. Which of the following best describes the function of the clause "her God would know the reason why" (lines 17–18)?

5. What is the antecedent of the pronoun "it" in the phrase "it sailed" (line 32)?

6. From the statement that "the Reverend Hubert Diana would never have gazed through the floor of Heaven" (lines 34–36), the reader may infer that

7. The speaker's claim that "It wasn't so easy" (line 43) can be explained by all of the following EXCEPT:

8. Which of the following best describes the speaker's interactions with Reverend Diana?

9. Which of the following can be inferred from the speaker's diction in lines 63–72?

10. In the last sentence of the passage the speaker implies that Reverend Diana