Zeugma from Top AP English Exam Novels – 10 Words


weight to be borne or conveyed

“But Ted Lavender, who was scared, carried 34 rounds when he was shot and killed outside Than Khe, and he went down under an exceptional burden, more than 20 pounds of ammunition, plus the flak jacket and helmet and rations and water and toilet paper and tranquilizers and all the rest, plus an unweighed fear.”
–The Things They Carried, Tim O’ Brien

the social force that binds you to a course of action

“He carried a strobe light and the responsibility for the lives of his men.”
–The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien

a large flow

“Miss Bolo … went straight home, in a flood of tears and a sedan-chair.”
–The Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens

an impression that something might be the case

“She looked at the objects with suspicion and a magnifying glass.”
–The Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens

beyond normal limits

He got dressed by feel, listening in the dark to his brother’s calm breathing, the dry cough of his father in the next room, the asthma of the hens in the courtyard, the buzz of the mosquitoes, the beating of his heart, and the inordinate bustle of a world that he had not noticed until then, and he went out in the sleeping street”
–One Hundred Years of Solitude, Garbriel Garcia Marquez

feelings of excessive pride

“ Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.”
–Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

the finger next to the thumb

“Mrs. Radley was beautiful until she married Mr. Radley and lost all his money. He also lost most of his teeth, hair and the right forefinger.”
–To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

a state of high honor

…covered themselves with dust and glory.
–The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain

outfitted or supplied with clothing

“How oddly he is suited! I think he bought his doublet in Italy, his round hose in France, his bonnet in Germany, and his behavior everywhere.”
–The Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare

a strong feeling or emotion

” Passion lends them power, time means, to meet.”
–Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare

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