The author’s statements in lines 3–9 mainly act to
suggest that Captain Scott:
viewed the South Pole expedition only as a
had never been a student of polar natural science.
was primarily motivated by his appreciation of
the scientific process.
had multiple goals for the expedition.
The primary purpose of the passage is to:
persuade readers that photography is an effective way to record discovery expeditions.
inform readers about Herbert Ponting’s role on
the Antarctic expedition.
describe the expedition team’s elation at reaching the South Pole.
explain why the Antarctic expedition was unprecedented.
The primary purpose of the third paragraph (lines
21–36) is to:
defend Ponting’s choice of subjects for his photographs.
explain why Ponting was included on the expedition team.
describe Ponting’s professional workspace and
his photographic subjects.
illustrate that Ponting’s daily schedule was tedious.
With regard to the fifth paragraph’s description of
Ponting’s persistence in photography, the author’s
thoughts expressed in lines 52–56 mainly serve
show the correct way to take a photograph.
explain the root cause behind Ponting’s persistence in getting a certain pose.
impress the reader with a strong sense of Pointing's perfectionism.
imply that his photographic subjects often grew
frustrated with Ponting’s method.
The author refers to the extreme climate, frostbite,
and icy water mainly to imply that:
danger was Ponting’s constant companion as he
Ponting should not have attempted to take such
Ponting’s photographic experiments were sometimes acrobatic.
Ponting’s comfort in the midst of photographing enabled him to get the perfect photo.
The primary purpose of the last paragraph is to
Ponting did an exceptional job as a professional
photographer in Antarctica, gaining worldwide
Ponting’s photos comprised a minor part of the
story of the Terra Nova expedition.
Ponting traveled around the globe to commemorate the expedition.
Ponting’s teaching Scott photography allowed
the captain to memorialize the expedition’s last