Read the excerpt from “Violets,” by Alice Dunbar-Nelson. The tube-roses and orange-blossoms I wore Friday night; you always wished for a lock of my hair, so I’ll tie these flowers with them—but there, it is not stable enough; let me wrap them with a bit of ribbon, pale blue, from that little dress I wore last winter to the dance, when we had such a long, sweet talk in that forgotten nook. You always loved that dress, it fell in such soft ruffles away from the throat and bosom,—you called me your little forget-me-not, that night. I laid the flowers away for awhile in our favorite book,—Byron—just at the poem we loved best, and now I send them to you. How does the excerpt reflect its social and historical context? A. It illustrates the lingering notion that women are men’s possessions, not their equals. B. It illustrates the lingering notion that women should wear dresses to express their femininity. C. It illustrates the prevailing belief that women are insightful students of literature and poetry. D. It illustrates the prevailing belief that unmarried men and women should not be seen together.
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Read the excerpt from “The Masque of the Red Death.” It was then, however, that the Prince Prospero, maddening with rage and the shame of his own momentary cowardice, rushed hurriedly through the six chambers, while none followed him on account of a deadly terror that had seized upon all. He bore aloft a drawn dagger, and had approached, in rapid impetuosity, to within three or four feet of the retreating figure, when the latter, having attained the extremity of the velvet apartment, turned suddenly and confronted his pursuer. What effect does the tone of the excerpt have on the reader? A. It fosters a belief that the narrator is unreliable. B. It produces a contradictory urge to stop reading and to continue. C. It inspires confidence that everything will work out fine in the end. D. It encourages surprising delight in blood and gore.