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Question 13 of 23

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     By the time the man with the camera had cut across our neighbor’s yard, the twins were out of the trees swingin low and Granny was onto the steps, the screen door bammin soft and scratchy against her palms.

     “We thought we’d get a shot or two of the house and everything and then . . .”

     “Good mornin,” Granny cut him off. And smiled that smile.

     “Good mornin,” he said, head all down the way Bingo does when you yell at him about the bones on the kitchen floor. “Nice place you got here, aunty. We thought we’d take a . . .”

     “Did you?” said Granny with her eyebrows. Cathy pulled up her socks and giggled.

     “Nice things here,” said the man buzzin his camera over the yard. The pecan barrels, the sled, me and Cathy, the flowers, the painted stones along the driveway, the trees, the twins, the toolshed.

     “I don’t know about the thing, the it, and the stuff,” said Granny still talkin with her eyebrows. “Just people here is what I tend to consider.”

     Camera man stopped buzzin. Cathy giggled into her collar.

     “Mornin, ladies,” a new man said. He had come up behind us when we weren’t lookin. “And gents,” discoverin the twins givin him a nasty look. “We’re filmin for the county,” he said with a smile. “Mind if we shoot a bit around here?”

     “I do indeed,” said Granny with no smile.

     Smilin man was smiling up a storm. So was Cathy. But he didn’t seem to have another word to say, so he and the camera man backed on out the yard, but you could hear the camera buzzin still.

     “Suppose you just shut that machine off,” said Granny real low through her teeth and took a step down off the porch and then another.

     “Now, aunty,” Camera said pointin the thing straight at her.

     “Your mama and I are not related.”



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Granny’s final comment can best be understood as a

reluctant confession

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tentative assertion

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witty joke

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surprising revelation

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strong rebuke

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Choice (E) is correct. When Granny tells the cameraman, “Your mama and I are not related,” she is doing more than clarifying that she is not his “aunty”; she is also rebuking him, or criticizing him sharply and angrily. Granny’s anger towards the cameraman has been building throughout the passage: first, she “cut him off” and “smiled that smile” (line 5); then, she said “with no smile” that she did mind the filming (line 29); last, speaking “real low through her teeth” as she “took a step down off the porch and then another,” she warned the cameraman to “shut that machine off” (lines 34-36). In the last line of the passage, Granny forcefully expresses her anger towards the cameraman by rejecting his insulting use of the term “aunty.”

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