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tone
as in:  the tone of the essay


Which of the following words best maintains the tone established in this passage.
  the general feeling, mood, or attitude of something — especially of something said or written
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  • Which of the following words best maintains the tone established in this passage.
  • Would you describe the author’s tone as more optimistic or more pessimistic?
  • The questions of the driver had the tone of a subtle examination.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • There was a husky tenderness in his tone….
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby

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  • His tone was friendly.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • He had said in the same casual tone: "And you can’t give me any further information?"
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • There was something strange in Lupin’s tone, it was almost cold.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • "I won’t!" said Henry, in a firm tone, indicating his readiness to meet the consequences of his refusal.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • His tone of voice became increasingly brutal.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • "That’s the greaser that jockeys for the Slash J sometime," she said, as if we couldn’t hear her.
    I had heard the same tone a million times: "Greaser… greaser… greaser."
    S.E. Hinton  --  The Outsiders

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  • His tone was kind, but the words still embarrassed me.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • The gypsies may not have known the language, but there was no mistaking the tone, in whatever tongue the words were spoken.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • It scared me, but I knew what I said was important and right, and my voice found that full tone voices have when they are expressing something long-felt and long-understood and released at last.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • "Looking for Madge?" he said in a friendly tone.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • "Katniss—" he begins. Already the admission of guilt is in his tone.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • The tone of his voice only heightened Thomas’s concern.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • Peter had once asked one of the bargees the time, and had been told to ’get out of that,’ in a tone so fierce that he did not stop to say anything about his having just as much right on the towing-path as the man himself.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • I was stunned at this suddenly serious tone she was using with me.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • "Why, no," I answered, rather surprised by his tone.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • They would sometimes sing the most pathetic sentiment in the most rapturous tone, and the most rapturous sentiment in the most pathetic tone.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • He used this preoccupied tone when he was thinking of something more interesting than what you had said.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • But there’s an authoritative tone to her voice that makes you feel her appointment wasn’t arbitrary.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Newt’s tone warned that the conversation about the Changing was over.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • "Are you familiar with cryogenics?" Dr. Saranson asked with a serious tone.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • His tone grew decisive.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • Something in her tone reminded me of the other girl’s "I think he killed a man," and had the effect of stimulating my curiosity.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • It was slightly more assured-easier in tone.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • They would sometimes sing the most pathetic sentiment in the most rapturous tone, and the most rapturous sentiment in the most pathetic tone.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • I was already in front of him: "How old are your he asked, in an attempt at a paternal tone of voice."
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • Oh yeah, I had heard that tone before too many times.
    S.E. Hinton  --  The Outsiders
  • My mom looked at me sternly and talked in a tone she’d never used before: "Percy. Tell me now!"
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • "Stop, stop!" cried Finny in a referee’s tone.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • "Safe to do what?" he says in a gentler tone.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • How he came there, I know not, but I heard his voice raised in a tone of imperious command, and looking towards the sound, saw him stand in the roadway.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • And on the preacher’s face there was a look not of prayer, but of thought; and in his tone not supplication, but conjecture.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • There was urgency in Rogers’ tone.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • I was about to answer, off the top of my head, that it sounded like a pretty good deal, but the tone of Chiron’s voice made me hesitate.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • Then in the everyday, mediocre tone he used when he was proposing something really outrageous, he added, "Let’s go to the beach."
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Preachin’s a kinda tone a voice, an’ preachin’s a way a lookin’ at things.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • His tone was so significant that the doctor looked at him sharply.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • "Ron and Hermione seem to think that the three of you are dropping out of Hogwarts," she began in a light, casual tone.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • "Come along, Percy," Chiron said, his lighthearted tone now a little forced.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • The doctor didn’t look at me, and barely changed his tone of voice.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • He finished in the tone of a benediction, and Al reddened a little with pleasure.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • Her tone had made him ashamed.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • "His eyes was still open," said Ruthie in a hushed tone.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • "It’s sleep—" Ma said in a shamed tone.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • "Oh, of course not," said Mrs. Weasley with a sudden and rather unnerving return to her casual tone.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • "You look great!"
      "Always the tone of surprise," said Hermione, though she smiled.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • His pugnacious tone indicated that they were not about to laugh at Xenophilius, despite the clear provocation.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
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