QUESTION

# 7 multiple English questions referring to the passages and poems posted accordingly, must be accurate for credit. thank ou Read the passage.

7 multiple English questions referring to the passages and poems posted accordingly, must be accurate for credit. thank ou

Numbers

A little red circle with the number 1 appeared over the e-mail icon on Zoë's phone. Her heart raced and her breath tightened, like there was a big, yeasty mound of dough rising in her chest. Maybe this was it—maybe this was the acceptance letter she'd been waiting for. She tapped the icon and saw the subject line, "Make Fluffier Pancakes This Weekend!" It was just junk mail. She felt both a pang of disappointment and a rush of relief.

No acceptance, but no rejection. Okay. Time to focus on something else. It was her first day as a data-entry intern at the video library at Tall Pines Film Studios, and she needed to be there by 8:30. She had wanted an internship because she knew it would look good to an admissions committee—and she was hoping that this one, which at least was in the realm of what she wanted to study in college, would make her stand out among other applicants. She rushed downstairs to grab her bag and say goodbye to her mom.

"Good luck today, sweet pea," her mom said. "I'm so proud of you. Don't forget—you have that stochastic probability final on Monday. You should probably study when you get home this afternoon."

"Got it, Mom. Thanks," Zoë said. As she pulled her bike from the garage, she started thinking about stochastic probability. She started pedaling down the street and began pondering a conditional statement: Given that a person is granted early admission to college, what is the probability that she had completed a related internship beforehand? Then, even though she knew it would tempt fate, she flipped the conditional statement and considered the converse: Given that a high school student had worked in a related internship, what is the probability that a college would grant that student early admission? She told herself that the odds were in her favor, but she knew she'd just have to wait it out.

The Tall Pines receptionist guided Zoë through the labyrinthine corridors to the video library, which had a long counter at the front and a glass panel blocking stacks of video cassettes, discs, and reels at the back. Everything was a bright antiseptic white, making the place look more like a clean room than a library. Even the man clacking away at a computer on the counter seemed robotic and no-frills; he wore a barely blue shirt and a deadpan expression, and the receptionist introduced him as Todd Guzman, the library manager.

"Hi, I'm Zoë," Zoë said, extending her hand to Todd, who didn't reciprocate and just kept typing.

"We'll have to get you up to speed quickly," he said, his eyes still on the computer monitor. "Basically you'll be entering codes into a database—but you need to wrap your mind around the naming convention so that you can read large sets of numbers and key them into the system without having to verify if you've entered them correctly. You'll get about 30 people making requests in an hour. It gets chaotic really quickly."

Zoë had always loved and been very good with numbers and had figured this internship would be a snap. It's not like she actually had to do any math—she just had to collect discrete chunks of three or four digits each and type them into a spreadsheet. How hard could that be? But as Todd demonstrated what she'd be doing, his fingers skipped across the keyboard and his eyes darted back and forth between the screen and the pages of data. Zoë felt that rising in her chest again and started to doubt she would be able to match his accuracy or his speed; meanwhile, more and more people streamed into the library.

"Okay—it's your turn," Todd said. "Take over that other terminal."

Zoë entered the first code into the system without a hitch. Given the uncertainty she'd been feeling, what was the likelihood that THAT would go so well? she thought. Maybe this won't be so difficult after all. But then she mistyped the second and third codes, and her mistakes got more frequent as the line snaked out the door and into the lobby. Then she started to stop and check after every second digit to see if she'd typed it correctly, making the entire process even more glacial. The line grew longer, and the exasperation and impatience of the people in line bore down on her. Then Todd said to her quietly, "Don't focus on them—just try to enter the numbers accurately every time. That's all you have to do."

Zoë inhaled slowly and tried another code and then another. She made a few more errors, but by the end of her five-hour shift, she found a rhythm and some confidence and felt as though she might be able to master it with more practice.

Exhausted, she left Tall Pines thinking about the fact that while data entry certainly wasn't advanced probability theory, it was still giving her brain a workout, and she had a lot to learn. Her train of thought screeched to a halt when she felt a familiar buzz from her back pocket. Given my luck earlier, what are the chances...? She slowly took her phone out and swiped open the screen, and there it was again, that little red circle with the number 1 on top of it. She opened the e-mail app, read the subject line, and smiled broadly.

1.Which effect does the phrase "Make Fluffier Pancakes This Weekend!" have on the text?

• It provides comic relief at a tense moment.
• It helps explain the main character's motivation.
• It contributes to the description of the setting.
• It supplies background information for the plot.

2.How does the repetition of the probability functions serve as a symbol in this story?

• It suggests the idea that the way life turns out will almost always come down to chance.
• It proves the idea that practicing a skill or the way of thinking in different situations leads to mastery.
• It represents the idea that the odds of some outcomes in life can be calculated and others can't.
• It indicates that the idea that understanding probability theory makes it easier to predict outcomes.

"To a Poor Old Woman," William Carlos Williams

"munching a plum on

the street a paper bag

of them in her hand

They taste good to her

They taste good

to her. They taste

good to her

You can see it by

the way she gives herself

to the one half

sucked out in her hand

comforted

a solace of ripe plums

seeming to fill the air

They taste good to her"

1.In "To a Poor Old Woman," William Carlos Williams repeats the phrase "They taste good to her" four times.

How does this use of repetition affect the poem?

• The repetition develops the poem's compassionate tone.
• The repetition stresses the poem's patronizing tone.
• The repetition conveys the poem's energetic tone.
• The repetition creates the poem's defensive tone.

2.In "To a Poor Old Woman," how does the image of ripe plums "seeming to fill the air" affect the poem?

• It works to suggest the sound made by the woman eating the plums, which the speaker can hear from afar.
• It makes clear to readers that the woman knows that she is being observed by the speaker as she eats.
• It helps stress the idea that the woman, though poor and old, is greatly soothed by the simple pleasure of eating the plums.
• It indicates that the speaker is not really observing a woman eating plums, but is actually imagining the entire scene.

3.In "To a Poor Old Woman," how does the woman herself serve as a symbol?

• She represents the indifference of society towards its most vulnerable members, which creates the poem's dour mood.
• She represents the true happiness that can be experienced by partaking in life's simple pleasures, which helps give the poem its optimistic mood.
• She represents the beauty of nature in comparison to the ugliness of technology, which stresses the poem's sullen mood.
• She represents the basic decency and generosity that people exhibit towards one another every day, which conveys the poem's joyous mood.

4.In "Goodbye to All That," how does Joan Didion's comparing her feelings for New York to the love one feels in a romantic relationship affect the mood of the narrative?

• It underscores the heartbroken mood of those sections in which Didion describes her husband forcing her to move to California.
• It develops the grateful mood of those sections in which Didion explains how living in New York made her a better person.
• It conveys the passionate mood of those sections in which Didion describes how much she regrets leaving the city.
• It helps create a idyllic mood of those sections in which Didion describes her early years in the city.

5.In "Goodbye to All That," Joan Didion writes that the days before she "knew the names of all the bridges were happier than the ones that came later."

Which evidence from the text best supports the idea that her first years in New York were better than her last years in the city?

• "... we walked to a Spanish restaurant and drank Bloody Marys and gazpacho until we felt better. I was not then guilt-ridden about spending afternoons that way, because I still had all the afternoons in the world."
• "Now when New York comes back to me it comes in hallucinatory flashes, so clinically detailed that I sometimes wish that memory would effect the distortion with which it is commonly credited."
• "And even that late in the game I still liked going to parties, all parties, bad parties, Saturday-afternoon parties given by recently married couples who lived in Stuyvesant Town, West Side parties given by unpublished or failed writers who served cheap red wine and talked about going to Guadalajara,..."
• "Everything that was said to me I seemed to have heard before, and I could no longer listen. I could no longer sit in little bars near Grand Central and listen to someone complaining of his wife's inability to cope with the help while he missed another train to Connecticut."