SAT Literature Practice Test 24

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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 word "house" (line 18) is a metaphor for the author's

A. attic
B. book
C. brain
D. shame
E. store

2. According to the poem, how did the author's manuscript come to be published?

A. The press demanded it.
B. Her friends took it from her on the sly.
C. It was stolen by a publisher.
D. She showed it to someone who recommended it for publication.
E. The poem does not state its publication history.

3. According to the poem, how does the author feel about her manuscript?

A. She is thrilled to see it in print.
B. She thinks it is too dark.
C. She is annoyed at its childishness.
D. She is horrified by it.
E. She is embarrassed by its quality.

4. The lines "I stretched thy joints to make thee even feet, Yet still thou run'st more hobbling than is meet," (lines 15-16) refer to the author's attempt to

A. make the book rhyme better
B. trim the book's extraneous parts
C. fix the book's meter
D. make sure the book has an even number of pages
E. make the book less offensive

5. The poem as a whole can be considered as

A. an extended analogy
B. a metaphor for parental worries
C. a comparison between two media
D. a didactic diatribe
E. a discursive exercise

6. The author's tone can best be described as

A. cheerless
B. antipathetic
C. dispassionate
D. cavalier
E. self-deprecating

7. The word "trim" (line 17) most nearly means

A. clothe
B. cut
C. weave
D. hobble
E. edit

8. According to the poem, a friend "less wise than true" is most likely to

A. mean well but act foolishly
B. tell lies in his friend's best interest
C. cunningly meddle in his friend's affairs
D. sacrifice loyalty for opportunity
E. falsely accuse his friend because of lack of knowledge

9. Which of the following is NOT a hope expressed by the author?

A. The book will not fall into the hands of critics.
B. Someone else will claim authorship.
C. The book will fall into obscurity.
D. She can fix the book's problems through editing.
E. She might make some profit.