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The phrase “above the Forties” in paragraph 1 most likely refers to:
a different musical era, later than the 1940s
middle-aged people who are opera aficionados
the area of the city with street numbers higher than forty
the extravagant price of the lavish Opera House
the capacity of the new Opera House
The reference to “the new people whom New York was beginning to dread and yet be drawn to” in paragraph 2 indicates that
prominent, established New Yorkers were enthralled with the new arrivals to the New York social scene.
prominent New Yorkers both loathed and welcomed the inevitable change heralded by these social newcomers.
prominent New Yorkers successfully excluded any new people from established New York society.
the established New Yorkers absolutely detested the relative newcomers to society.
New York was an entirely new city with no established social institutions or rituals.
Based on the context in paragraph 2, a “brougham” is most probably
A type of horse-drawn vehicle
A breed of horse
A fancy bicycle
A type of transportation for the lower class
An early tram system
The narrator’s attitude toward the opera-goers, as shown by the parenthetical phrase in paragraph 2 (”with a playful…principles”) is primarily one of
admiration of their commitment to equality
disdain for their extreme wealth
disgust at their oppression of lower socioeconomic classes
wry amusement at their attempt to appear to be egalitarian
outrage over their elitism
The phrase “totem terrors” is used in paragraph 3 primarily as an image of something that is
The description of “an exceptionally brilliant audience” in paragraph 2 is an example of which of the following?
An honest assessment of the audience
An ironic and sarcastic commentary
A hasty and thoughtless conclusion
An orchestrated representation
An unintentionally inaccurate observation
In paragraph 4, the word “dilettante” most nearly means
When Newland Archer “dawdled over his cigar,” in paragraph 4, his attitude can best be described as
full of dread
It can be inferred from the remarks in the final paragraph (“She sang…buttonhole.”) that
Newland Archer has a complete grasp of the reason for all of the social conventions which govern society.
Newland Archer realizes the extraordinary contribution that social rituals and traditions make to society.
Newland Archer is extremely uncomfortable with the inherent mystery of many of the social conventions that guide his behavior.
Newland Archer is content to live according to inscrutable social norms.
Newland Archer is committed to challenging meaningless, purposeless social conventions.
Why does the author mention the quote, “He loves me—he loves me not—HE LOVES ME!—” in paragraph 4?
to poke fun at the simplistic lyrics of then-popular operas
to hint that Newland Archer may be preoccupied with something romantic in nature
to indicate that Newland Archer believes he is cultured and cosmopolitan
to show how important fitting into societal norms is to Newland Archer
to describe the vocal ability and sensuality of opera star Christine Nilsson
The narrator of the passage is best described as
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