SAT Subject Literature Practice Test 33

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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. In context "void of" (line 2) most nearly means

A. empty of
B. lacking
C. reversed in
D. canceled from
E. disqualified for

2. Lines 12 and 13 refer to

A. the importance of fine clothing when attempting to get a legal award
B. the subject's approach to disputes, which gave few rewards to the victor
C. the way a court case under the legal system could bankrupt even the winner
D. the method through which Driden's justice gave victory to the most patient
E. the subject's attitude toward military victory, which he felt was hollow

3. It can be inferred from the poem that the poet considers country life to be

A. tedious
B. onerous
C. momentous
D. undesirable
E. idyllic

4. Which of the following is NOT mentioned by the poet as a benefit of country living?

A. a calm mind
B. old age
C. many friends
D. wisdom
E. good health

5. It can be inferred from the poem that the author thinks of marriage as

A. a necessary evil
B. an unavoidable concession
C. a protracted lawsuit
D. a source of aggravation
E. a prison sentence

6. Which of the following best describes the difference between lines 1-6 and lines 7-22 ?

A. generalization to direct address
B. present tense to past tense
C. positive discourse to negative discourse
D. simple description to extended simile
E. terrestrial presence to divine intervention

7. The word "their" (line 8) refers to

A. suits
B. expenses
C. foes
D. neighbors
E. laws

8. Which of the following best describes the subject of the poem's role in his community?

A. farmer
B. judge
C. religious leader
D. writer
E. scholar

9. Which of the following contains an example of alliteration?

I. "And, foes before, return in friendship home" (line 9)

II. "And save the expense of long litigious laws" (line 11)

III. "Long penitence succeeds a short delight" (line 20)

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

10. Lines 21-22 can be restated as

A. True equality is hard to come by; and whenever it does occur, it is cursed by God.
B. It's difficult to get along with someone else; even God's original creations fought.
C. The more alike two people are, the more they're prone to argue.
D. Soul mates are rare; the rest of humanity lives outside Paradise with incompatible spouses.
E. It is wise to disguise intelligence-those who are exceptional are often cast out of society.