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tell you, gentlemen, that the things said of her by our
English friends are supported by no evidence, whilst
there is abundant testimony that her excesses have
been excesses of religion and charity and not of
worldliness and wantonness. This girl is not one of
those whose hard features are the sign of hard hearts,
and whose brazen looks and lewd demeanor condemn
them before they are accused. The devilish pride that
has led her into her present peril has left no mark on
her countenance. Strange as it may seem to you, it
has even left no mark on her character outside those
special matters in which she is proud; so that you will
see a diabolical pride and a natural humility seated
side by side in the selfsame soul. Therefore be on
your guard. God forbid that I should tell you to harden
your hearts; for her punishment if we condemn her
will be so cruel that we should forfeit our own hope of
divine mercy were there one grain of malice against
her in our hearts. But if you hate cruelty—and if any
man here does not hate it I command him on his
soul’s salvation to quit this holy court— I say, if you
hate cruelty, remember that nothing is so cruel in its
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3 2006 AP® ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION
FREE-RESPONSE QUESTIONS (Form B)
(Suggested time—40 minutes. This question counts for one-third of the total essay section score.)
Read the following passage by the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860). Then write a carefully
reasoned essay that defends, challenges, or qualifies one of Schopenhauer’s claims. Support your argument with
appropriate evidence. Line
5 10 15 The difference between the effect that thinking for
oneself and that reading has on the mind is incredibly
great; hence it is continually developing that original
difference in minds which induces one man to think
and another to read. Reading forces thoughts upon the
mind which are as foreign and heterogeneous to the
bent and mood in which it may be for the moment, as
the seal is to the wax on which it stamps its imprint.
The mind thus suffers total compulsion from without;
it has first this and first that to think about, for which
it has at the time neither instinct nor liking.
On the other hand, when a man thinks for himself
he follows his own impulse, which either his external
surroundings or some kind of recollection has determined at the moment. His visible surroundings do not
leave upon his mind one single definite thought as
reading does, but merely supply him with material
and occasion to think over what is in keeping with his
nature and present mood. This is why much reading 20 25 robs the mind of all elasticity; it is like keeping a
spring under a continuous, heavy weight. If a man
does not want to think, the safest plan is to take up
a book directly he has a spare moment.
This practice accounts for the fact that learning
makes most men more stupid and foolish than they
are by nature, and prevents their writings from being
a success; they remain, as Pope has said,
“For ever reading, never to be read.”— Dunciad,
iii. 194. 30 Men of learning are those who have read the contents
of books. Thinkers, geniuses, and those who have
enlightened the world and furthered the race of men,
are those who have made direct use of the book of the
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