The correct answer is A. His friend seems so changed that he barely recognizes him.
In literature and writing, the term "wording" refers to the selection of words by the author and the narrator and the way these are used to convey a specific message or point and that varies according to each author and the context in which the message appears. In the case of the excerpt presented the author or narrator is referring to another character and for doing this he uses the expression "It was with difficulty that I could bring myself to admit the identity of the wan being before me", which shows the narrator feels hesitant to admit who is character is, especially because of his physical appearance and pale skin and then the narrator adds "with the companion of my early boyhood", which means the narrator is comparing the pale man he sees with his companion or fiend when he was a kid and considering they are the same person the narrator feels he barely recognizes this person, even though he was an important friend in childhood. This means, the selection and use of words by the narrator mainly tells the reader the narrators' "friend seems so changed that he barely recognizes him".
The correct answer is C) locate the message that the poem conveys to the reader.
The theme is the underlying message or life lesson the author conveys in their work. In order to locate the message in the poem, the reader would need to think, "what is this story trying to teach me?"
Explanation: locate the message that the poem conveys to the reader.
The term "personification" refers to a literary device in which non-human objects and ideas are given human characteristics. This device is particularly common in poetry. In this example, the trees are meant to be "sighing." This is impossible from a literal point of view, as trees are not humans and thus cannot sigh. Therefore, we can conclude that the author is using personification.