SAT Subject Literature Practice Test 26

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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 meeting between the two men can best be described as

A. cordial and heartwarming
B. melodramatic and saccharine
C. acrimonious and awkward
D. scandalous and surprising
E. fortuitous and serendipitous

2. The character of Nicanor is

A. a Roman spying for the Volscians
B. Adrian's distant cousin
C. Adrian's rival for the attentions of a woman
D. a mercenary in search of Coriolanus
E. a sworn enemy of Adrian

3. The insurrections spoken of in line 15 are most likely

A. foreign invasions
B. military coups
C. monarchical successions
D. proletariat uprisings
E. conflagrations

4. It can be inferred from the passage that

A. Coriolanus's banishment is the cause of the insurrection
B. Coriolanus's banishment was not the nobles' choice
C. Coriolanus was the king of Rome
D. the two men are supporters of Coriolanus
E. the two men dread further war

5. "The main blaze" (line 21) refers to

A. a universally quelled rebellion
B. public outrage at Coriolanus's banishment
C. the fires of purgatory
D. incendiary comments
E. the people's revolt

6. The plot the men hatch hinges on the fact that

A. Tullus Aufidius is romantically involved with Coriolanus's wife
B. Roman towns catch fire easily
C. the nobles are incensed that Coriolanus has been banished
D. there is a ready army
E. the senators and patricians are not ready for war

7. The line "You take my part from me, sir" could best be restated as

A. Those were the words I was going to speak.
B. You have usurped my role.
C. You are making fun of me.
D. I would give you a present for your kindness.
E. Yours is the friendship I most cherish.

8. It can be inferred from the passage that the author intended this play most likely to be

A. an amusing comedy
B. an extended allegory
C. a pastoral study
D. a historical enactment
E. a political satire

9. The words "appear well" (line 38) can best be replaced by

A. fight valiantly
B. dress for battle
C. emerge victorious
D. argue persuasively
E. feign health

10. This passage is included in the play most likely to

A. serve as a backdrop for a romantic interlude
B. provide comic relief
C. impart information
D. pander to the audience's interests
E. show the audience the ambience of ancient Rome