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Preface to the English Dictionary

Johnson, Samuel. "Preface to the English Dictionary." A Dictionary of the English Language. London: n.p., 1755. N. pag. Web. 13 Apr. 2016.

Which of the following BEST describes the relationship of content to form in the sentence, “When I… acknowledged authority” (lines 24-33)?

A

The sentence speaks about taming linguistic disorder, so the author includes all of the sentence’s diverging ideas in a single statement.

B

The sentence speaks about confusion caused by language, so the author links all the clauses together into an intentionally unclear statement.

C

The sentence speaks about the living qualities of language, so the author describes his struggles as a battle against personified words.

D

The sentence speaks about the timelessness of language, so the author describes his experiences with language in terms of Classical allusions.

E

The sentence speaks about the political implications of language, so the author couches his experiences in the jargon of politics.

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