SAT Literature Practice Test 6

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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 the techniques out on this next poem. Instead of writing down answers to questions, think about alliteration, rhythm, personification, theme, etc., while you're reading. Don't forget to do the specific questions first.

FYI, the poem is by Alexander Pope, who lived from 1688-1744.

1. The author of the poem uses all of the following EXCEPT

A. expressive punctuation
B. a particular rhyme scheme
C. regular meter
D. adjectives
E. Dickensian allusion

2. The question "O Death! where is thy sting?" can best be described as

A. harshly rhetorical
B. dubiously questioning
C. gently taunting
D. gravely earnest
E. paradoxical

3. Which of the following is NOT an active verb?

A. Quit (line 2)
B. Draws (line 11)
C. Tell (line 12)
D. Sounds (line 15)
E. Ring (line 15)

4. The three stanzas differ in that

A. the first is directed at nature, the second at the soul, and the third at angels
B. the first speaks of dying, the second speaks of the loss of sense, and the third speaks of life after death
C. the first stanza describes death as purely painful, the second describes the loss of sense, and the third describes angels
D. the speaker of the first stanza is mortal, the speaker of the second is angelic, and the speaker of the third is death
E. the first stanza welcomes death, the second stanza taunts it, and the third stanza reluctantly accepts it

5. By "frame" (line 2), the author most likely means

A. a picture of the world
B. a previously held image of death
C. a cage for the soul
D. a metaphorical skeleton
E. the mortal body

6. The overall theme of the poem is best stated as

A. death is sublime even though it is painful
B. death is the victory of heaven over the soul
C. death can be resisted but it always eventually wins
D. even if one suffers in this life, the next life will be better
E. pain is only temporary; death is eternal

7. The style of the poem can best be described as

A. ornately romantic
B. playfully suggestive
C. harshly critical
D. elaborately descriptive
E. emotionally cryptic

8. The questions in the last two lines serve mainly to emphasize

A. the speaker's surprise at how little death hurts
B. the mental ecstasy of death overshadowing physical pain
C. the battle that is fought between the body and the soul
D. the speaker's antagonistic relationship with death
E. the transient nature of death