SAT Subject Literature Practice Test 36

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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 this context, "vain" (line 1) most nearly means

A. boastful
B. desperate
C. wasted
D. capricious
E. complex

2. The first two lines "How vain have prov'd the Labours of the Stage, In striving to reclaim a vitious Age!" suggest that

A. the speaker considers actors a self-important group
B. the speaker considers the theater world to be full of back-stabbing heathens
C. the speaker considers that the theater's attempt to improve society's morality has failed
D. acting requires more work than most common citizens understand
E. through good theater, people can be metaphorically transported back in time

3. Which of the following is an example of personification?

A. Poets may write the Mischief to impeach (line 3)
B. What honest Pen has Patience to refrain? (line 7)
C. And run so very evenly your Race (line 13)
D. Y' improve in Wit just as you do in Grace (line 14)
E. It must be so, some Doemon has possest (line 15)

4. The poem consists of

A. arrhythmic rhyme
B. rhyming couplets only
C. rhyming couplets and triplets
D. epic hyperbole
E. passive verbs only

5. From the poem, it is reasonable to infer that the speaker regards the church as

A. intensely boring
B. ineffective in its teachings
C. a den of gossip
D. the domain of hypocrites
E. inferior to theater

6. The tone of lines 13-14, "And run so very evenly your Race,/Y' improve in Wit just as you do in Grace," can best be described as

A. hyperbolic
B. sarcastic
C. condemning
D. admiring
E. parodical

7. According to the poet, people do all of the following in church and/or the theater EXCEPT

A. look at others
B. nap soundly
C. heckle the stage
D. conduct contests
E. become inebriated

8. In the context, what is the narrative effect of the phrase "devoutly snore" (line 8) ?

A. It indicates that the people are so pious as to be devout even while asleep.
B. It is an ironic attack on the people's lack of attention to services.
C. It is an attack on church services, which have become less interesting than the theatre.
D. It rebukes people who carouse so late that they cannot stay awake at church.
E. It contrasts the respectful quietude of people in church with the commotion they make at plays.

9. Why does line 14 "Y' improve in Wit just as you do in Grace" contain an abbreviation?

A. In the seventeenth century "you" or "ye" was commonly spelled "y."
B. Because the poet wrote in longhand, the abbreviation was an attempt to save copying time.
C. To form alliteration with "your" (line 13) and "you" (line 14).
D. To make the line fit the poem's meter.
E. To make it evident that a new subject is being addressed.