SAT Literature Practice Test 7

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Question 6 questions

Time 6 minutes

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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.

Let's try a more recent poem.

By the way, "Madman's Song" was written by William Rose Benét in 1921.

1. What is the effect of using "silver" to describe the "horn" (line 4)?

A. To imply that the horn is not as valuable as a golden horn
B. To foreshadow any item that may be used in the "hunt" (line 8)
C. To be alliterative with the word "sound"
D. To indicate that the image would be bright
E. To symbolize the beauty of wealth

2. Given in context, the word "hallo" (line 11) is probably meant to convey which of the following?

A. A form of greeting
B. Another form of the word "hollow" (line 1)
C. An echo
D. A sound that hounds might make such as baying at the moon
E. A variation on the word "halo"

3. The attitude of the author toward the reader is best described as

A. openly hostile
B. gently insistent
C. didactic
D. ambivalent
E. disgusted

4. The author is most likely addressing the poem to someone

A. who has lost touch with what is important
B. who is ashamed of her background
C. who has become very wealthy
D. who is about to die
E. who is vain

5. In this poem, the images are meant to convey which of the following?

I. Someone who has been committed to an insane asylum

II. Someone who has lost passion for life

III. Someone who has been filled with passion

A. I only
B. II only
C. II and III only
D. III only
E. I, II, and III

6. The repetition in the poem most likely

A. helps the rhyme scheme
B. emphasizes the main theme
C. chastises the reader
D. reveals the speaker's anger
E. contrasts the laziness of the person addressed