SAT Literature Practice Test 21

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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 speaker of the poem first addresses the glowworms by epithets that draw attention to the insects' natural

A. intelligence
B. tranquility
C. luminosity
D. inconsequence
E. mortality

2. The speaker of the poem describes glowworms as providing assistance to

I. nightingales

II. princes

III. mowers

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

3. In its context, the word "portend" (line 5) means

A. predict, and alludes to the superstition that the motion of glowworms could be interpreted to foretell future events
B. predict, and alludes to the superstition that comets, meteors, and other natural phenomena were omens of evil
C. forecast, and alludes to the fact that the behavior of insects can be used to predict the next day's weather
D. imitate, and suggests that glowworms mimic the cyclical flight of comets
E. weigh, and makes clear that glowworms are oblivious to the dramatic upheavals of human life

4. Which of the following best expresses the meaning of "higher end" (line 7) ?

A. brighter level
B. greater distance off the ground
C. further boundary
D. secret intention
E. nobler purpose

5. Which of the following is the closest synonym for "officious," as it is used in line 9 ?

A. helpful
B. dim
C. wandering
D. bureaucratic
E. meddlesome

6. The speaker implies that, without the glowworms, mowers who have "lost their aim" (line 11) would be likely to

A. mow the wrong fields
B. conduct themselves disgracefully
C. fall in love
D. be distracted by other, mysterious sources of light
E. never find their way home

7. Which of the following is the best paraphrase for the last line of the poem?

A. I am blinded by my resentment toward her.
B. I will continue wandering forever.
C. I will never be myself again.
D. I will never go home without her.
E. I will never go to heaven.

8. The main verb in the sentence that states the
overall theme of the poem is

A. sit (line 2)
B. waste (line 13)
C. come (line 14)
D. displaced (line 15)
E. find (line 16)

9. "The Mower to the Glowworms" could most reasonably be considered

A. a celebration of fireflies
B. an elaborate compliment to a woman
C. an analysis of love at first sight
D. an allegory about the Holy Spirit
E. a commentary on the foolishness of mowers