The Awakening

What does the word “ardor” most closely mean as it is used in paragraph 24? Which phrase from the paragraph provides the best support for the answer to Part A?

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Paragraph 24: “The picture of the tragedian stood enframed upon her desk. Any one may possess the portrait of a tragedian without exciting suspicion or comment. (This was a sinister reflection which she cherished.) In the presence of others she expressed admiration for his exalted gifts, as she handed the photograph around and dwelt upon the fidelity of the likeness. When alone she sometimes picked it up and kissed the cold glass passionately.“

PART A: What does the word “ardor” most closely mean as it is used in paragraph 24?

A. Compatibility; likeness

B. Fatefulness; destiny

C. Energy; vigor

D. Passion; enthusiasm

PART B: Which phrase from the paragraph provides the best support for the answer to Part A?

A. “purely an accident”

B. “He fell in love, as men are in the habit of doing”

C. “He pleased her; his absolute devotion flattered her”

D. “sympathy of thought and taste between them”

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D. Passion; enthusiasm

C. “He pleased her; his absolute devotion flattered her”