DISCUSSION: Here all the answer choices are valid reasons why the author included the story about the coyote trickster, except for one. We’re asked to pick out that one.
- CORRECT. This isn’t mentioned by the passage. We are told that the coyote is comical, but we are not told why.
If you picked this, maybe you were thinking of Wile E Coyote, from Loony Tunes? He is certainly comical, but there’s nothing intrinsically comical about coyotes as an animal.
- See the final sentence of the passage: listeners recognize themselves in the trickster’s desires and learn that acting on those extreme desires will end in grief. When this answer says the targets of tricker stories are our foibles, it means that the goal of the stories is to teach us to master our weaknesses and not be like tricksters.
- The first sentence of the 4th paragraph reinforces the fact that tricksters are comic figures.
- The last sentence tells us that human listeners can empathize with the trickster’s wild hopes.
- Like we mentioned in Answer Choice D, human listeners can emphasize with tricksters’ extravagant desires. The last sentence of the passage says this directly.
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