Classify all tones that you know of into these three categories. For example: being appreciative reflects a positive approach, being sarcastic reflects a negative approach and being objective is neutral in nature.
3. Identify the adjectives/adverbs used in the passage:
Make a mental note of the language used by the author, and what kind of adjectives he is using. Adjectives reflect the mood and emotions of the author.
4. Make a note of conflicting attitudes
Understand and identify where the author changes his attitude and starts to move along different lines. It is important to understand these mood changes, and from this understanding, try to infer the most dominant sentiment in the passage. A common mistake committed by students is that they focus on one particular sentiment only, whereas the author has displayed multiple ones in the passage. Remember, you need to pick the sentiment which dominates the passage and co-related with the central idea of the passage.
5. Make a list of all relevant adjectives you discover: make your own ‘tone’ list
It is easy to find a list of common RC tones but you are advised to make your own list of tones, and put in all the relevant adjectives that you discover in tests, mocks and so on. Having your own list will gel with your vocabulary levels and ensure that all bases are covered for you.
RC: Concepts & Strategies
How do we reach at the final answer?
- Identify the nature of the passage (facts or opinion), and eliminate the options that do not match with your analysis.
- Identify the passage sentiment and again eliminate options that do not match with your analysis.
- Identify the main idea of the passage, and co-relate it with the tone of the passage (there should be synergy between the two).
- Keep 3 and 4 in mind while marking your answer.
- Also, you should try to label the tone of the passage in your own words, and see which one co-relates with the author of the passage.
- Eliminate options. Do not select an answer, always eliminate options and be sure why you are rejecting a particular option.
The above form some of the basic things that you should be doing for a Reading Comprehension tone question. Using these tips and strategies is surely going to help you master this question type.