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The first set of questions all refer to this poem:

When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes
I all alone beweep my outcast state,
And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,
And look upon myself, and curse my fate,
Wishing me like to one more rich in hope, [5]
Featured like him, like him with friends possessed,
Desiring this man's art, and that man's scope,
With what I most enjoy contented least;
Yet in these thoughts my self almost despising,
Haply I think on thee, and then my state, [10]
Like to the lark at break of day arising
From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven's gate;
For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings
That then I scorn to change my state with kings.

Question 1 What is the dominant sound device used in line 2?

Internal Rhyme

Question 2

What is the meter in line 4?
trochaic tetrameter
anapestic trimeter
iambic tetramater
trochaic pentameter
iambic pentameter


Question 3

What is the rhyme scheme for this poem?
Heroic Couplets
Rhyme royal

Question 4

What is the poetic form of this poem?
Elizabethan sonnet
Petrarchan sonnet

Question 5

The poet says that his cries are "bootless." This is an example of

Question 6

Which of the following best describes the shift in tone between the first 8 lines and the last 6?
anger to acceptance
despair to contentment
confusion to certainty
joy to sorrow
loss to fulfillment

Question 7

The shift in thought beginning in line 8 described in the previous question is an example of a(n)
metaphysical conceit
tonal swing

Question 8

What is the dominant sound device in line 12?
internal rhyme
slant rhyme

The next set of questions refer to this section from a play. In this scene, the speaker is an old man who has in his old age divided his entire fortune between his to daughters, expecting that they will continue to support him in the manner to which he is accustomed. He discovers this is not true, that they have turned on him.

Hear, nature, hear; dear goddess, hear!
Suspend thy purpose, if thou didst intend
To make this creature fruitful!
Into her womb convey sterility!
Dry up in her the organs of increase; [5]
And from her derogate body never spring
A babe to honour her! If she must teem,
Create her child of spleen; that it may live,
And be a thwart disnatured torment to her!
Let it stamp wrinkles in her brow of youth; [10]
With cadent tears fret channels in her cheeks;
Turn all her mother's pains and benefits
To laughter and contempt; that she may feel
How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is
To have a thankless child! Away, away! [15]

Question 9 Lines 11-15 all have what meter?

Iambic pentameter
Iambic tetrameter
Trochaic tetrameter
Trochaic tetrameter
Anapestic trimeter

Question 10

Although there is metric variation in the first few lines, the form of this poem can best be described as
an ode
terza rima
free verse
blank verse
heroic couplets
Question 11

What is the tone of this passage?
Rueful reflection
Deep regret
Sorrowful realization
Passionate enthusiasm
Righteous anger
Question 12

Lines 6-7 contain an example of
internal rhyme
Question 13

In line 7, "teem" is best defined as
form a group
continue to thrive
give birth
remain alive
remain in wealth

Question 14

The dominant figure of speech in lines 13-15 is

Question 15

For hundreds of years, it was believed that human behavior and health was due to a proper balance of the bodies fluids, or "humours." If the humours were out of balance, it would affect temperament and health. For example, a "sanguine" person was dominated by blood, and would be red-cheeked and cheerful. A "splenitive" person was dominated by secretions from the spleen. Judging from line 8, what would describe a splenitive person?
loving and friendly
impetuous and irritable
moody and depressed
Lethargic and slow
Energetic and enthusiastic
B/C (I think it's B, but it could be C)

For the next set of questions, refer to this poem by Emily Dickinson.

Wild Nights -- Wild Nights!
Were I with thee
Wild Nights should be
Our luxury!

Futile -- the Winds --
To a Heart in port --
Done with the Compass --
Done with the Chart!

Rowing in Eden --
Ah, the Sea!
Might I but moor --
Tonight --In Thee!

Question 16 Allowing for some variation, which best describes the rhyme schme for the stanzas in this poem.

heroic couplets
slant rhyme

Question 17

Which best describes the meter of the poem?
iambic pentameter
iambic tetrameter
iambic dimeter
trochaic trimeter
trochaic dimeter

Question 18

What is the most common metrical variation in the poem, looking especially at line 1 as an example?
A (I'm not really sure about this one)

Question 19

Which best describes the rhyme in the second stanza?
Internal rhyme
slant rhyme
feminine rhyme
descending rhyme
no rhyme at all

Question 20

Which of the following sound devices is used in the first two lines?
internal rhyme
slant rhyme
Question 21

What best decribes the tone of the poem?
Depressed regret
Rueful reflection
Ecstatic longing
Excited anticipation
Mirthful reflection

Question 22

What does the poet manipulate most to help convey that tone?
Question 23

Choose any one of the three poems on this test. Write a paragraph in which you describe the poetic techniques the poet uses to achieve his or her purpose.

The first poem uses different poetic techniques to achieve the purpose of the poem. Shakespeare uses an ababcdcefbfbgg rhyme scheme. Like almost all of Shakespeare's works, the poem is written in iambic pentameter, which closely resembles spoken speech. Because this is an Elizabethan sonnet, it is divided into two stanzas; the first has eight lines, and the second has six. In the first stanza, Shakespeare bemoans his life. He is very unhappy because it appears as if fate has deserted him. He is jealous of other people's lives and wishes that he could have their life instead of his own. He has lost all hope while others still “rich in hope.” Then the second stanza comes, and it is a contrast to the first. Shakespeare seems to become happy and alert, which is the opposite of how he was feeling in the previous stanza. At the thought of his “sweet love” he would “scorn to change my state with kings.” He is happy because of her and would never want to change the life he lives as long as she is a part of it. The two stanzas do not follow the traditional layout of a sonnet. Usually, the first stanza outlines an issue, in this case the speaker's unhappiness with the world. Then, in the second stanza, an answer to the problem is defined. However, in this sonnet, Shakespeare does not give a solution to his sadness. Rather, he shows an opposite of the feeling: happiness. According to Myrdo McRae in his article “Shakespeare's Sonnet 29,” this oddity gives the sonnet a sense of being “pulled apart.” It is, in a way, a reflection of the speaker's emotions. Just as the sonnet is being pulled apart, so too is the speaker. Shakespeare also makes use of allusion. In line three, Shakespeare shows that even Heaven is deaf to his cries of help. In the Old testament, Job was cast out on a pile of dung, and lament his unfortunate state. Obviously the speaker also feels like an outcast. The next line also refers to Job; after the incident, he wished he had never been born. Also, Shakespeare mentions that the speaker, “trouble[s] deaf heaven with my bootless cries.” Then, later on in the second stanza, the speaker says he is like the “lark at break of day arising/From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven's gate.” Even though the speaker's prayers and pleas were previously unheard and unanswered, they are now.

Thank you!

  • English -

    I agree with your answers for 1 - 4 and 5 - 8. What did you decide for question 6?

    I cannot keep reading the rest -- too much up and down stuff -- makes my eyes hurt.

  • English -

    Thanks for looking at it though. For number five, the one that says "The poet says that his cries are "bootless." This is an example of..." I'm pretty sure it's metaphor. Meter doesn't make sense.

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