In lines 6-7, the writer omits the pronoun“he” and the article “the.” What effect does the omission of this pronoun create?
a. It emphasizes the conversational tone the author wishes to create.
b. It elaborates upon the imagery described earlier in the text.
c. It stresses the fact that Chris is referring to himself in the third person.
d. It creates a sense of urgency that reflects the dangerous situation in which he found himself.
Answer: The omission of the pronoun “the” in lines 6-7 creates a sense of urgency that reflects the dangerous situation in which he found himself in the story.
Why is “the” omitted?
After reading the passage attached, we can see that the pronoun “the” was omitted in lines 6-7 before the nouns “canoe” and “oar.” Those lines mix the author’s own words with the words retrieved from Chris’s notes.
The omission happens whenever the author refers to the notes taken by Chris. Therefore, they reflect the way Chris himself wrote and how he was feeling when he did so. He found himself in such a dangerous situation that his writing ended up conveying a sense of urgency. There was no time or energy left to worry about the pronoun “the”.
With the information above in mind, we can choose option D as the correct answer.