SAT Literature Practice Test 11

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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.

"On His Deceased Wife"

1. "Whom Jove's great son" (line 3) acts as which of the following?

A. a play on words
B. a contradiction
C. hyperbole
D. mythological allusion
E. allegory

2. Line 4 refers to which of the following?

I. "my late espoused Saint" (line 1)

II. "Alcestis" (line 2)

III. "her glad husband" (line 3)

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

3. In context, the word "save" (line 6) means which of the following?

A. preserve
B. keep in health
C. deliver from sin and punishment
D. rescue from harm
E. maintain

4. The purpose of the last line is to suggest

A. a contrast between dreaming and waking states
B. the poet's depression
C. an allusion to the sonnet form
D. a parallel to the opening quatrain
E. that the writer is optimistic about the future

5. In context, "my fancied sight" (line 10) suggests that the author is

A. imbuing his deceased wife with qualities she did not have
B. unable to separate reality from dreams
C. capriciously conjuring up his wife's image
D. dreaming
E. suffering from delusions

6. The author's attitude toward his wife can best be described as

A. inconsolable
B. reverential
C. hopeful
D. incongruous
E. obsequious

7. The poem is primarily concerned with

A. the mourning process
B. the struggle against dying
C. the injustice of death
D. the nature of immortality
E. a belief in heaven

8. What is the effect of using the word "glad" (line 3) instead of "happy" or "joyous"?

A. It suggests that the husband is overwhelmed.
B. It links to "great" and "gave" by alliteration.
C. It stresses that the husband is a particular person.
D. It distinguishes between "Jove's great son" and the husband.
E. It alludes to "I" in line 1.

9. Which of the following are terms of opposition in the poem?

A. embrace and "inclined" (line 13)
B. day and "night" (line 14)
C. Full sight and "without restraint" (line 8)
D. wash't (line 5) and "Purification" (line 6)
E. sight (line 10) and "shin'd" (line 11)