“And what we students of history always learn is that the human being is a very complicated contraption and that they are not good or bad but are good and bad and the good comes out of the bad and the bad out of the good, and the devil take the hindmost.” – All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren
1. What can you analyze about the syntax of this text?
2. AP Style Question: How does this excerpt’s syntax affect the arrangement of details and overall pacing of the text?(Structure 3.A)
3. AP Style Question: How do the diction, imagery, details, and syntax in a text support multiple tones? (Narration 4.C)
THE JOY LUCK CLUB
“That night I sat on Tyan-yu’s bed and waited for him to touch me. But he didn’t. I was relieved.” – Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club
QI: What effect does the syntactical arrangement have on the quote?
Q2: AP Style Question: Which details from the text indicate the identity of the narrator or speaker? (Narration 4.A)
“For, after all, how do we know that two and two make four? Or that the force of gravity works? Or that the past is unchangeable? If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable – what then?” George Orwell, 1984
Q: What effect does the syntactical arrangement have on the quote?