Friday, February 21, 2020

It's Really All About Location, Location, Location

Read the following passage from Tolstoy's "How Much Land Does a Man Need?"

Pakhom went on running, his soaking shirt and trousers stuck to him and his mouth parched. His breast was working like a blacksmith's bellows, his heart was beating like a hammer, and his legs were giving way as if they did not belong to him. Pakhom was seized with terror lest he should die of the strain.

What is the mood of this passage?

a. joyful

b. panicked
c. exhuberated
d. exasperated

O.K., not from "How Much Land Does a Man Need," but a top quality movie nonetheless.  Ah, I miss the  80s...

Scroll down for the answer.

a) incorrect; because unless Pakhom is extremely masochistic, being seized with terror would not make you joyful
b) correct; Pakhom is freaking out
c) incorrect; because Pakham is clearly exhausted
d) incorrect; because there is nothing particularly irritating Pakhom

Thanks to Liz and Ava from Ms. Stamey's class - not only for the question, but also for the image of that wonderful Running Man movie.

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