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Questions 1–3 refer to the passage below.

(SIR PETER:) When an old bachelor marries a young wife,
 what is he to expect? ’Tis now six months since Lady
 Teazle made me the happiest of men—and I have been
Linethe most miserable dog ever since! We tift a little going
(5)to church and fairly quarrelled before the bells had done
 ringing. I was more than once nearly choked with gall
 during the honeymoon, and had lost all comfort in life
 before my friends had done wishing me joy. Yet I chose
 with caution—a girl bred wholly in the country, who
(10)never knew luxury beyond one silk gown, nor dissipation
 above the annual gala of a race ball. Yet she now plays
 her part in all the extravagant fopperies of fashion and
 the town, with as ready a grace as if she never had seen
 a bush or a grassplot out of Grosvenor Square!*—I am
(15)sneered at by all my acquaintance and paragraphed in the
 newspapers. She dissipates my fortune, and contradicts all
 my humors; yet the worst of it is, I doubt I love her, or I
 should never bear all this. However, I’ll never be weak
 enough to own it.
 (1777)

*a fashionable section of London

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In lines 3–4, the phrases “the happiest of men” and “the most miserable dog” are best described as

metaphors characterizing Sir Peter’s conflicted state of mind

Correct Answer: 
No

allusions to literary characters famed for their good and bad marriages

Correct Answer: 
No

clichés illustrating the contrast between Sir Peter’s previous hopes and present reality

Correct Answer: 
Yes

stock attitudes about marriage based upon popular myth

Correct Answer: 
No

euphemisms describing Sir Peter’s transition from a devoted bridegroom to an adulterous husband

Correct Answer: 
No