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Relationship of Lines 1-14 and Lines 14-22


The Quality of Mercy, from The Merchant of Venice

Shakespeare, William. "The Merchant of Venice, Act Four, Scene One." The Merchant of Venice. N.p.: n.p., 1596. N. pag. Merchant of Venice: Entire Play. Web. 25 Aug. 2016.

Which of the following BEST describes the relationship between the first portion of the passage (lines 1-14, “The quality…seasons justice”) and the second (lines 14-22, “Therefore Jew…merchant there”)?


The first portion presents a common view; the second critiques that view.


The first portion details a personal opinion; the second gives a list of facts.


The first portion provides a definition; the second argues in light of that definition.


The first portion gives historical context; the second speaks about present concerns.


The first portion puts forth an argument; the second offers a refutation of opposing views.