SAT Literature Practice Test 19

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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. The theme of the poem concerns

A. rites of passage that mark the beginning of adolescence
B. the contest of wills between one generation and the next
C. the futility of needless chores with which parents occupy their children
D. a boy's developing relationship with his father as the boy matures
E. the resentment that lingers in the poet's memory about childhood

2. The errand described in the poem is a quest for

A. nonsensical components that do not form a coherent whole
B. tools the speaker needs to continue his work
C. someone in the neighborhood more foolish than the man's son
D. degrees of understanding that come with maturity
E. common ground on which father and son can identify with each other

3. Which of the following distinctions does NOT characterize the difference between the two stanzas?

A. a shift from perfect rhyme to slant rhyme
B. a change in speaker
C. the passage of time
D. a movement from metaphorical to literal language
E. a switch from remembered speech to reflection

4. Which of the following is implied by the poet's use of the word "still" (line 5) ?

A. The father's jovial spirits were not ultimately dampened when his son did not assume the errand.
B. The father's pleased response to his son's refusal will continue indefinitely.
C. The game between the father and son will continue indefinitely.
D. The father did not express his gladness to his son.
E. The boy's father was disappointed when his son did not assume the errand.

5. Which of the following is nearest in meaning to "Putting it up to him" (line 6) ?

A. demonstrating to him the poet's awareness of his joke
B. challenging him to find a bubble for himself
C. refusing defiantly to honor his request
D. handing up to him the items he had asked for
E. turning the joke back around on him

6. "Trumped" (line 7) is an allusion to

A. a dramatic fanfare announcing an arrival or significant development
B. a winning play in a game of cards
C. showy but worthless finery
D. a squashing sound under one's feet
E. the eclipse of one source of light by a brighter source

7. In the last line the poet suggests that

A. the father will send his son on another, more serious errand
B. the father's goal is to make his son appear ridiculous
C. the father's response to his son's recognition will be significantly delayed
D. the father will continue to good-humoredly tease and test his son
E. the father and son will always engage in prankish contests