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ABR key for Beautiful Boy AP TestQuestion 1-The tone of guilt that is seen in this piece of text from the novel is seen whenDavid, the father of Nic, is going back through his mind wondering if all that has happened is hisfault or not. This is weighing so much guilt down on him as if thinking he is the main cause ofhis son's addiction to meth. The tone in Sheff's voice of guilt is more accurate than another tonebecause yes, he is sorrowful about the situation. But he is sorrowful because he believes hisactions have a role and effect on this subject.Question 2-(b. Sheff used pathos effectively to the point that his audience cannot help, butconstantly relate to his situation.) Like many parents, Sheff blamed himself for Nic’s mistakes.He cannot help but question his upbringing and decisions. He says, “Did I spoil me? Was I toolenient?” (145). He also says, “If only I had never used drugs”. Not only does Sheff battle againsthis son, but he also fought against remorse. It is in parenthood where he sees repercussions forhis previous actions. If he had not experimented with drugs, he could at least be a decentexample for Nic.Question 3-(d. Personal Responsibility and Shame) Author David Sheff relays the complicatedand contradictory nature of searching for someone or something to blame for what has happenedto his son, Nic, who is addicted to drugs. The constant pressure and weight on his shoulders fromhis own self if he had done enough to save his son turns into the biggest theme for the novel.

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