SAT Literature Practice Test 2

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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.

Now try applying what you've learned so far to the opening of this short story.

This passage is from "Harrison Bergeron," a short story in Kurt Vonnegut's collection of short stories Welcome to the Monkey House.

1. The narrator's tone can best be described as

A. satirical
B. harshly critical
C. wholly frustrated
D. mildly emotional
E. excessively casual

2. The effect of the repetition of the phrase "nobody was" is to

A. introduce theme
B. underscore a point
C. instill a sense of loneliness
D. refute a commonly held assumption
E. present three contradictory elements

3. In the first paragraph, the author employs which of the following?

A. Internal rhymes
B. Mimicry of the speech of the lower class
C. General comparison
D. Parallel construction
E. Introduction of the protagonist

Take a look at the following passage and questions that follow.

This selection is from the autobiography of Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

4. From the passage, it is reasonable to infer that

A. The audience was more interested in Marguerite's graduation than she was
B. Marguerite was surprised that her name was called
C. The experience of graduating was more overwhelming than Marguerite had imagined
D. Marguerite was unable to get her diploma
E. Marguerite had tried to make a painting of the scene before it happened

5. The sentence "I neither marched up to the stage like a conquering Amazon, nor did I look in the audience for Bailey's nod of approval" (lines 3-5) contains an example of

A. authorial intrusion
B. startling anachronism
C. complicated syntax
D. anthropomorphism
E. classical allusion

Now put it all together with this excerpt and accompanying drill questions.

The excerpt above is from Ha Jin's Waiting.

6. The passage as a whole can be said to be a contrast of

A. center and periphery
B. corruption and honesty
C. intellect and physicality
D. heaven and earth
E. secular and divine

7. Lin's attitude could best be described as

A. haughty
B. indifferent
C. excited
D. thoughtful
E. enthralled

8. It is reasonable to infer that

A. Lin is a professor in the city
B. Lin is returning home after a long time away
C. Lin is on vacation
D. Lin is not used to the country
E. Lin is blind to the beauty of the country

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

A. Long cucumbers hung on trellises (lines 15)
B. Chickens were strutting and geese waddling (lines 11-12)
C. The air reeked of distillers' grains mixed in the pig feed (lines 26-27) From the kitchen, where Shuyu was cooking, came the coughing of the bellows" (lines 28-30)
D. Their sow was oinking from the pigpen (lines 19-20)

10. The lines "Sure thing, he thought, Shuyu doesn't know how to take care of books. Maybe I should give them to my nephews. These books are of no use to me anymore" (lines 7-10)

I. are an example of indirect dialogue

II. signify a shift in the narrator's focus

III. represent a relinquishing of Lin's pastoral life

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

11. The "sour smell" (line 27) refers to

A. Shuyu's cooking
B. the manure near the pigpen
C. the pig feed
D. the mildewed books
E. the nearby field

12. The passage as a whole is best described as

A. a paean to rural life
B. an elegy for a lost time
C. a detailed description of a place
D. an epiphanic moment in a young man's life
E. an allegory of a homeward journey