SAT Subject Literature Practice Test 34

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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. In the poem, the speaker uses all of the following to replace the subject of his address EXCEPT

A. Thou (line 7)
B. Reflector (line 9)
C. Recorder (line 11)
D. Heart (line 1)
E. faith (line 12)

2. In this context "brewing" (line 14) most nearly means

A. threatening
B. forming
C. clouding
D. imbibing
E. foreshadowing

3. It is clear from the first three lines that the poet regards his heart as

A. aching for the love of another
B. failing and ceasing to function
C. a separate entity
D. wanting to separate from his body
E. an enemy of his soul

4. The lines "And age it seems since you and I began our March up hill or down. Sailing smooth o'er Seas that are so rare-" (lines 4-6) can best be restated as

A. We've been through many travails, some easy, some more difficult.
B. Our journey will take a long while and range over land and sea.
C. We are prisoners of an army from across the ocean.
D. It is unfortunate that most of our journey has not been on the water.
E. We are now too old to hike; sailing is easier on our frail limbs.

5. All of the following are themes of the poem EXCEPT

A. love
B. loyalty
C. faith
D. morality
E. passage of time

6. The author employs which of the following unusual techniques:

I. punctuation functioning as words

II. rhythm reflecting theme

III. form mirroring content

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

7. The poet's tone can best be described as

A. excited
B. begging
C. resigned
D. proud
E. questioning

8. "Thou perfect note of thoughts" (line 10) is an example of

A. alliteration
B. personification
C. metaphor
D. paradox
E. allegory