SAT Literature Practice Test 14

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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. It can be inferred that the speaker(s) in line 4 is/are

A. an angel
B. St. Peter
C. the blades of grass
D. God
E. the one little blade of grass

2. God's attitude toward the last little blade of grass may best be described as

A. condescending
B. neutral
C. admiring
D. disdainful
E. morally superior

3. The main idea of the poem is that

A. it is better to do nothing than too much
B. it is better to forget if you have done something wrong
C. it is better to be modest than to be boastful
D. it is better to keep your problems to yourself
E. if you need to tell your bad deeds to someone, you are not worthy of respect

4. The word "presently" (line 10) means which of the following in the context of the poem?

I. as a gift

II. after a while

III. changing the topic

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

5. It can be inferred that the small blade was "ashamed" (line 9) because

A. it was smaller than the others
B. it was disgusted with the other blades of grass
C. it didn't feel worthy of God's attention
D. it was bitter and lonely
E. it thought its acts greater than the others' acts

6. The fact that God called the one blade " 'O best' " (line 18) can best be characterized as

A. unexpected
B. satiric
C. tragic
D. comic
E. unfortunate

7. Which is the effect of lines 16-17 in relation to the rest of the poem?

A. They reveal God's egotism.
B. They heighten anticipation for the last line.
C. They shift the narrative voice.
D. They echo the last lines of the first stanza.
E. They reveal the poet's true feelings.

8. God's attitude toward the blades of grass as a group is

A. shameful
B. unstated
C. disgusted
D. disapproving
E. melancholy