?

ACT® Reading

Free Version

Upgrade subject to access all content

Difficult

Purpose of Paragraph Four

ACTRDG-O2KW1L

The Awakening, Kate Chopin
The following is an excerpt from a novel that is set on the southern Louisiana coast in the early 20th century. The story follows Edna Pontellier, a housewife and mother.

Chopin, Kate. The Awakening. Chicago: New York: Herbert S. Stone, 1899. Print.

What is the purpose of paragraph 4 (lines 22-27)?

A

To make Mrs. Pontellier seem awkward and embarrassed.

B

To highlight the uncomfortable silence between the two women.

C

To enhance the setting by providing vivid details fo the path to the beach.

D

To set an ominous mood for events to come.