Read this passage from Anecdotage.com:
Shortly after the release of Titanic in 1997, Leonardo DiCaprio was approached by a 14-year-old European girl - who got down on the ground and latched onto his leg. "I looked at her," DiCaprio recalled, "and she just pressed her head against my leg. I said, 'Hi... What are you doing, sweetheart?' and she kept clutching. There was just a sort of obsessed look in her eye. She wasn't looking at me, though... I sort of grabbed her face and said, 'Hi, it's okay, you can get off my leg. It's fine.' She kept saying, 'No, no, no, no!'... I had to gently pry her hands off."
What is the most likely reason the author included the first phrase?
a. wanted to make sure the reader knew Leonardo is a famous actor.
b. really liked that movie.
c. thought the reader would feel the same way as the girl.
d. felt that this wouldn't have happened except in 1997.
Scroll down for the answer.
This is an author's purpose question. What these questions try to do is to make you think about what the author was trying to do. In this case, the author was most likely trying to make sure the reader understood who Leonardo is so that the rest of the story would make sense. The correct answer is a.