SAT Subject Literature Practice Test 27

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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. All of the following are examples of personification EXCEPT

A. burning grasp (line 2)
B. bruise (line 3)
C. clamor (line 5)
D. clashing (line 8)
E. break (line 10)

2. A difference between the first and second stanzas is

A. stanza one speaks of memory, while stanza two speaks of the future
B. stanza one speaks of death, while stanza two speaks of slumber
C. stanza one speaks of day, while stanza two speaks of night
D. stanza one speaks of children, while stanza two speaks of the past
E. stanza one speaks of hurry, while stanza two speaks of patience

3. Which of the following lines contains a simile?

A. But wrapped for ever in thy quiet grave,/ Too little to have known the earthly lot (lines 6-7)
B. Shall break, or pass as with an army's tread,/And harm thee not (lines 10-11)
C. We of the living flesh and restless brain/ Shall plumb the deeps of life and know the strain (lines 13-15)
D. And then at last when all is touched and tried,/ Our own immutable night shall fall, and deep (lines 17-18)
E. The poem does not contain a simile.

4. The title symbolically represents

A. slumber
B. burial
C. angels
D. death
E. old age

5. The author's attitude toward life can best be described as

A. life must be endured before death sets us free
B. life is sometimes good and sometimes difficult, but it is always short
C. life is merely noisy and full of strife
D. life is too difficult to be enjoyed
E. life's meaning will be forever obscured

6. From the passage, it can be inferred that the author considers that

A. it is better to be dead than to suffer fate's cruelty
B. death is akin to unconsciousness
C. death is like being swept away by waves
D. death is the same for soldiers as for children
E. it is ridiculous to cry tears for the dead

7. The poem is written from the point of view of

A. someone who is grieving
B. a congregation of mourners
C. someone who is dying
D. someone who fears death
E. someone who has never before been touched by death

8. Which of the following ideas is NOT implied by the poem?

A. Life is joyfully or harshly noisy.
B. Death is quiet and peaceful.
C. Time is like the ocean.
D. Life is alternately wonderful and painful.
E. The afterlife is superior to our earthly existence.

9. The words "touched and tried" (line 17) represent

A. experience
B. intensity
C. justice
D. eternal life
E. fruitlessness