SAT Literature Practice Test 23

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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. It can be inferred that the guest's anticipated "day's pleasure" (line 2) centered around

A. his furthering his acquaintance with Sylvia
B. his hearing the end of a tale that Sylvia has promised to finish for him
C. his opportunity to make a carving from a petrified hemlock tree
D. his opportunity to photograph a white heron in its natural habitat
E. his opportunity to shoot a white heron

2. Which of the following is NOT an effect of the switch from past-tense narration to present-tense narration in the first paragraph?

A. It conveys the young man's surprise at the little girl's appearance.
B. It emphasizes the young man's suspense in waiting for her to speak.
C. It serves to heighten the reader's anticipation of the little girl's revelation.
D. It signals the narrator's switch from the guest's point of view to the little girl's.
E. It intensifies the reader's sense that this is a moment that both the young man and Sylvia have been eagerly awaiting.

3. Which of the following is the strongest enticement for Sylvia to lead the young man to where she has seen the white heron?

A. her grandmother's failing health
B. her respect for the young man's good intentions toward the heron
C. her fear that the young man might take her away from her familiar surroundings
D. his promise of financial reward
E. his loyalty to all the wild creatures of the region

4. Which of the following best articulates Sylvia's feelings toward the young man?

A. She hopes to win his esteem at any cost.
B. She is torn between her desire to please him and her contrary impulse not to assist him.
C. She is indifferent to his aims and toward him as a person.
D. She is repulsed by him personally, although she supports his endeavor.
E. She despises his mercenary motives.

5. Sylvia's own surprise at her reluctance to speak is best conveyed by

A. the narrator's emphasis on her and her grandmother's poverty
B. the narrator's admission that Sylvia had never before had the chance to fulfill someone's hopes as she might have fulfilled the young man's
C. the short sentences used to convey the choppiness of Sylvia's thoughts
D. Sylvia's memory of the pine tree and the view of the sea
E. the author's use of rhetorical questions to express Sylvia's own self-questioning

6. Sylvia is described in the passage as

A. surprised at her own morality
B. failing to honor a promise she had made to her grandmother
C. frustrating any hope she might have had of getting to know the young man better
D. persistently dismissive of other people's feelings
E. remaining faithful to her long-standing beliefs

7. Which of the following phrases from the passage is most nearly the antithesis of what the white heron represents to Sylvia?

A. torn and tattered (lines 8-9)
B. splendid moment (line 12)
C. nine years growing (line 24)
D. the great world (line 25)
E. the golden air (line 29)

8. "The murmur of the pine's green branches" (line 27) is an example of

A. personification
B. alliteration
C. authorial intrusion
D. reification
E. poetic license