Which of the following questions should you ask in order to understand an author's diction?
a.) what do these words have in common with each other?
b.) is this structure generally allowed in standard grammar?
c.) how has the author tried to prove a point with this argument?
d.) why did the author include these specific statistics and graph?
Diction refers to the author's word choice. To ask the author's understanding of the similarities between words will aid in assess his/her diction.
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"Are these positive or negative words?" is the question that should be asked in order to understan an author's tone. Option C is correct.
Tone in writings, stories, or plays refers to the attitude of a writer toward a subject or an audience. Tone is typically conveyed through the choice of words, or the viewpoint of a writer on a particular subject.
In fiction, tone is the narrator’s attitude toward the text while in non-fiction, it is the writer/speaker’s attitude toward his subject.
Do the words have positive, neutral, or negative feelings and ideas associated with them?
The answer is A. Diction has to do with word choice, so the other options simply wouldn't make sense.
The correct answer is C. Are these positive or negative words?
In texts including literary works such as novels, poems or short stories and non-literary works such as articles or reports, the tone of the author refers to the attitude, belief and even the position of the author towards the subject or topic he or she writes about which can be identified through the use of words that have a favorable or negative connotation and that suggest the way the author feels and thinks about a certain topic. This also implies in texts, this element can be identified by analyzing the type of words used by the author and the type of attitude these represent and therefore the question you can ask to understand the author's tone is "Are these positive or negative words?".
The second option. Hope this helps!
Diction is the choice and use of words and phrases in speech or writing.
Diction in literature is the choice of words, so I'm assuming this answer is correct.
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