SAT Literature Practice Test 1

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Directions: This test consists of selections from literary works and questions on their content, form, and style. After each passage or poem, choose the best answer to each question.

Read the following poem carefully before you choose your answers.

1. The main verb in the second stanza is

A. rising (line 14)
B. pushing (line 18)
C. fall (line 20)
D. shall content (line 21)
E. will be heard (line 24)

2. The "voice" of the deceased is compared to all of the following EXCEPT

A. the sound of an underground stream
B. the wind
C. the blossom of a flower
D. the music of a bird
E. the pattering of feet

3. The phrase "cherished by the faithful sun" (line 28) is an example of

A. irony
B. paradox
C. personification
D. oxymoron
E. poetic license

4. The poem is written in

A. a regular meter
B. the elegiac tradition
C. a consistent rhyme scheme
D. an extended allegory
E. pathetic empathy

Try the following third-person passage and answer the questions that follow.

This passage is from John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men.

5. The structure of the passage is best described as

A. two characters are compared and then contrasted
B. each character is introduced and described
C. two characters are compared to each other and then each is compared to an animal
D. two characters' physical characteristics are described, followed by their clothing
E. characters' outward appearances are stated, followed by their inner thoughts

6. The tone of the passage can best be described as

A. barely hidden contempt
B. dispassionate description
C. unforgiving scrutiny
D. supernatural invention
E. focused inquiry

Read the following first-person passage and answer the questions that follow.

This passage is from the opening lines of one of the great classics, Moby Dick, by Herman Melville.

7. The passage is best described as

A. allegorical drama
B. character introduction
C. historical commentary
D. interior monologue
E. political satire

8. By the end of the passage, Ishmael emerges as

A. ambitious gut generous
B. crude and inconsiderate
C. insecure and self-centered
D. sensitive but self-confident
E. temperamental but self-aware

9. In line 5, the word "spleen" most nearly means

A. path
B. blood
C. melancholy
D. kidney
E. energy

10. Lines 5-15 ("Whenever I find … as soon as I can.") contain which of the following?

I. alliteration

II. hyperbole

III. parallel structure

A. none of the above
B. I only
C. II only
D. I & III only
E. All of the above