Why does the author use connotation in paragraph 3? A) to describe the bookcases B) to show why the friends went there C) to explain his study as a curious place D) to make the audience support the Dr.'s experiment

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Note: I think the answer is either A or C, but I'm not 100% sure

1 Answer
Dec 13, 2017

I believe the answer is C; here's why:


OK, lets start with defining what a connotation is.

"Connotation refers to a meaning that is implied by a word apart from the thing which it describes explicitly. Words carry cultural and emotional associations or meanings in addition to their literal meanings or denotations" (Source).

Just knowing what information, lets try and think about which answer choices we can immediately get rid of. How about B and D? Both of those answers don't relate to a connotation. B talks about showing why friends went there, but a connotation is something implied; there is nothing implied there. The same goes for D.

I'd like to look specifically at C for a moment. Unlike A, C is connecting two different thing: study and curious. Right away I believe this is the answer. Furthermore, if you look at the first sentence, "If all stories were true, Dr. Heidegger's study must have been a very curious place." Just looking at that you know it's a connotation.

Remember! A connotation is a word that literally means something more than what the actual meaning is. This sentence is saying that "if all [of his] stories were true" than his "study must have been . . . a curious place." The purpose of this paragraph is to explain why this is so, which is exactly the answer C.

Hope this helped!
~Chandler Dowd