But, looking, i presently saw something stirring within the shadows then something resembling a little gray snake, about the thickness of a walking stick, coiled up out of the writhing middle and wriggled in the air toward me and then another.
a. past tense
b. future tense
c. present tense
d. perfect tense
A The radio broadcast is more surprising because it's told in the
The sentence that best describes the different tones of the passage is Option A because when a story like that is told in the present tense, there is still the feeling of danger because the danger isn't over yet and anything can still happen.
The other options are incorrect becauselonger sentences do not make a novel more scarier than it isthe story is more frightening when it is told in present tense NOT past tensethe radio broadcast speaker seems surprised.
The correct answer is B. It makes the story feel like it is happening live rather than in the past
In literature, the tense used in a narrative affect the atmosphere of it and the perception the audience has on events. In the case presented an excerpt for The War of the Worlds has been adapted for radio and in this process, the tense has changed from past to present tense. In both cases, one character who is also the narrator describes the way he or she observed an object or creature that resembled a snake.
However, in the case of the original excerpt the use of past shows this event already occurred and the character is just reporting them, while in the case of the second excerpt the use of present means the character is experiencing the events at that moment or that the story is happening which makes the actions go faster but also makes the story more dynamic and alive. Considering this, it can be concluded the effect of changing the tense to present is that it makes the story feel like it is happening live rather than in the past.