Answer Choice D is correct because the Passage is best described as an “accidental meeting that reveals the narrator’s relationship with a character.” Answer Choice A is incorrect, because we have no evidence that the narrator was forced to “reevaluate his perspective on his childhood.” Answer Choice B is incorrect because no connection is established in the Passage between the past experiences and futures of the narrator and the Swede. Answer Choice C is incorrect because there’s no reflection on people who “give up on their childhood dreams.”
How to solve this? The Questions asks, “The main purpose of the passage is to [...]?” Because this is a [Big Picture Question], we might be better off solving it after having gone through the other Questions, although we can still solve it upfront. Since this is a literary passage, however, we’re unlikely to find any theses or [high-density information sentences] that give us the main purpose directly. Instead, we should make sure we have a decent grasp of the events in the passage, and then go directly to the answer choices and try to disprove three answer choices, while selecting one other.
Answer Choice A says that the purpose of the passage is to, “show how an event forced the narrator to reevaluate his perspective on his childhood.’ We should focus on the latter part of this sentence and see if the Passage tells us whether or not the narrator had to reevaluate his perspective. Going back through, we should conclude that he doesn’t and eliminate this option. Answer Choice B says that the passage analyzes “how past experiences shaped the narrator’s and another character’s future.” It’s clear that the Passage does concern past experiences, but it’s not clear that the connection is made between these experiences and the narrator’s and character’s future. If we go back through the Passage, we should find that this claim isn’t supported and eliminate this option. Answer Choice C says that the passage reflects “upon the changes that people go through as they give up on their childhood dreams.” We should conclude that this answer choice is also incorrect, because there’s no discussion of or reflection on individuals giving up on their childhood dreams. Answer Choice D says that the main purpose of the passage is to “describe an accidental meeting that reveals the narrator’s relationship with a character.” This answer choice should strike us as pretty general, since it only says that the passage describes a meeting and reveals a relationship, leaving very little to go wrong with it. Because it contains no errors and matches our text, we should Answer Choice D as our correct answer.