Hardly a man takes a half-hour’s nap after dinner, but when he wakes he holds up his head and asks, “what’s the news?

Hardly a man takes a half-hour’s nap after dinner, but when he wakes he holds up his head and asks, “what’s the news? ” as if the rest of mankind had stood his sentinels [soldiers]. which best describes the “man” thoreau refers to in the excerpt? he expects others to attend to his needs when he wakes up. he is under constant protection by soldiers. he naps often and is always sleepy. he must have the most up-to-date news at all times.

Answers

D) He must the most up-to-date news at all times. The sentinels are used as a representation of his own self-importance and his "wrongful" priorities as Thoreau would believe.

d

Explanation:

A - He expects others to attend to his needs when he wakes up.


When the man wakes up, by asking “’What’s the news?’ as if the rest of mankind had his sentinels…” it means he had expected to be guarded/looked after. This can be discerned by looking to the definition of “sentinel.” Even though there is an in-text definition/synonym provided in brackets of “soldier,” what a sentinel is is a soldier that specifically guards, looks out, and protects typically at a secure location’s perimeter or entrance.

A - He expects others to attend to his needs when he wakes up.

Explanation:

He rarely naps. You can't say for sure that he is under protection constantly, but his behavior demonstrates something else. He expects people to do what he wants. Because of how the excerpt phrases it: "as if the rest of mankind had stood his sentinels".  It is not about being up do date with the news, it is about how he sees other people.

D

Explanation:

He must have the most up-to-date news at all times.

The correct answer is D, I got a 100 on my quiz

D - he must have the most up-to-date news at all times
The right answer for the question that is being asked and shown above is that: "A - He expects others to attend to his needs when he wakes up." The statement that best describes the “man” Thoreau refers to in the excerpt is that he expects others to attend to his needs when he wakes up.
 he must gave the most up-to-date news at all times the answer is d

thoreau has described the man as a person who must have the most updated news at all times.


he has a peculiar habit of waking up after dinner and asking for some fresh news.


irritates others because he is behaving like a general talking to soldiers.


here thoreau is expressing feelings and thoughts during 1 year stay in the natural world.

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