SAT Literature Practice Test 16

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Question 7 questions

Time 7 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.

1. The tone of the poem can best be described as

A. cautionary
B. mythic
C. sarcastic
D. optimistic
E. hopeful

2. The poem is primarily concerned with

A. the importance of beauty
B. the lesson to be learned from the past
C. the fleeting nature of youth
D. telling a story for the girls' benefit
E. the permanence of death

3. "Blear eyes fallen from blue" (line 15) is most probably meant to suggest that

A. the woman's beauty has deteriorated
B. the woman is tired
C. the woman is going blind
D. disease can happen suddenly
E. the girls are responsible for the woman's loss of beauty

4. "And chattering on the air" (line 8) refers to

I. the girls

II. the bluebirds

III. the teachers

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

5. The author's characterization of the woman in the last stanza can best be described as

A. a description of decay
B. unyielding and hurtful
C. disdainful and disgusted
D. pleasant and nostalgic
E. full of unhidden emotion

6. The phrases "Without believing a word" (line 4) and "think no more" (line 6) illustrate the girls'

A. innate sense of suspicion
B. inherent difficulty with understanding subjects
C. lack of concern about weighty subjects
D. frail nature
E. disregard for the feelings of others

7. The poem's theme could best be described as

A. she who hesitates is lost
B. beauty is a fading flower
C. all that glitters is not gold
D. beauty is truth, truth beauty
E. a penny saved is a penny earned