SAT Literature Practice Test 17

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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.

"Promises Like Pie-Crust"

1. The promises referred to in the poem are

A. pledges to share one another's innermost secrets
B. articles of incorporation
C. items in a prenuptial agreement
D. resolution never to see one another again
E. marriage vows

2. In the second stanza, the speaker reveals that

A. she yearns for the love of someone who is oblivious to her
B. the listener has expressed more ardent sentiments toward her than she has expressed toward him
C. the listener does not reciprocate her feelings
D. she is incapable of deep emotional attachment
E. she is heartbroken over the end of a previous relationship

3. The speaker compares her current relationship with the person to whom the poem is addressed to

A. one between strangers
B. a roll of the dice
C. one governed by reciprocal obligations
D. a restrained diet of plain food
E. an image in a crystal ball

4. "Sunlight" (line 12) is used as a symbol for

A. innocence
B. genuine mutual love
C. purity
D. absolute confidence in the rightness of a decision
E. perfect understanding

5. Which of the following is NOT implied in the poem as a reason to avoid entering into promises?

A. One person can never fully know another.
B. A promise can be broken without the person to whom the promise was made ever knowing.
C. To make a promise denies one of a degree of personal liberty.
D. One cannot be judged faithful or unfaithful to a commitment that has not been promised.
E. One can never fully know the situations or feelings of those who made successful and binding promises in the past.

6. In context, "fret" (line 20) most nearly means

A. irritate
B. chafe
C. agitate
D. worry
E. corrode

7. Which of the following best expresses the meaning of the last two lines of the poem?

A. Some people are not meant to enjoy the richness of life, just as some cannot digest rich food.
B. When it comes to relationships, something is better than nothing.
C. For some people, the potential of happiness is more satisfying than the reality of happiness because the potential cannot be diminished over time.
D. Not every relationship is worth the risk entailed to the participants.
E. Some relationships are better when they are not too serious.

8. The tone of the poem as a whole can best be
described as

A. delicate but firm
B. disappointed but unapologetic
C. ambivalent but patronizing
D. world-weary and vague
E. harsh and unyielding

9. The simile of the title is apt because

A. both promises and pie-crust are sweet
B. both promises and pie-crust are meant to be filled
C. both promises and pie-crust are easily broken
D. the speaker has overindulged in rich food
E. the speaker denies herself all pleasures in life