Poetry EXAMINATION NUMBER
1. A sonnet is a poetic form consisting of _______ lines.
A. 10 C. 14
B. 12 D. 16
2. Language that appeals to the senses is known as
A. foreshadowing. C. symbolism.
B. allegory. D. imagery.
3. A specific rhythmical pattern of stressed and unstressed
syllables is commonly referred to as
A. rhyme. C. rhythm.
B. meter. D. scan.
4. Which one of the following groups of words is the best
example of alliteration?
A. He clasps the crag with crooked hands
B. The gentle sin is this
C. If I profane with my unworthiest hand
D. With your fiercest wind
5. Which one of the following groups of words is the best example of assonance?
A. What immortal hand or eye
B. In what distant deep or skies
C. Dare frame thy fearful symmetry
D. Tiger! Tiger! burning bright
6. In “The Chimney Sweeper,” the phrase “locked up in coffins of black” is a/an
A. example of personification.
B. representation of burial and chimneys.
C. description of how the boys are forced to sleep.
D. example of consonance.
7. In Walt Whitman’s “A Noiseless Patient Spider,” the spider spinning its web is
A. a fisherman. C. a bridge builder.
B. a woman weaving. D. the speaker’s soul.
8. Attributing human traits to an inanimate object is known as
A. consonance. C. personification.
B. assonance. D. humanization.
9. Which one of the following groups of words is an example of a simile?
A. This City now doth, like a garment, wear
B. Piping songs of pleasant glee
C. Leaning against the—Sun—
D. Thou art slave to fate
10. A _______ is a group of lines made up of repeated ryhthmic patterns.
A. foot C. dactyl
B. stanza D. form
11. Which one of the following groups of words is an example of a metaphor?
A. There were daily papers, pet dogs, a pistol on the cushion
B. Bent double, like old beggars under sacks
C. My lips, two blushing pilgrims ready stand
D. When all aloud the wind doth blow
12. Nonmetrical poetry, in which the basic metrical unit is the line, is known as
A. prose poetry. C. scansion.
B. allegory. D. free verse.
13. In the poem “We Real Cool,” the phrases “Lurk late,” “Strike straight,” and “Sing sin”
are examples of
A. alliteration. C. rhyme.
B. personification. D. metaphor.
14. The title of the poem “Out, Out—” refers to another work of literature. This technique
A. allegory. C. simile.
B. allusion. D. metaphor.
15. The poem “Woman Work” is an example of a
A. catalog poem. C. sonnet.
B. prose poem. D. paraphrase.
16. In “There is no Frigate like a Book,” the lines “Nor any Coursers like a Page /
Of prancing Poetry” use meter to show
A. the poet likes to ride prancing horses.
B. a poem can carry us out of ourselves.
C. a horse cantering.
D. horses like to be read to.
17. “Warning” was written primarily to
A. alert readers that older people are no longer good role models.
B. encourage old women to wear purple and red hats.
C. suggest people should enjoy life now.
D. protect the abuse of senior citizens.
18. Which one of the following phrases identifies the theme of Frost’s “Mending Wall”?
A. A specific, single morning of wall repairing can bring neighbors closer.
B. Several similar days of wall mending produce cranky people.
C. Both real and figurative barriers exist between people.
D. Relationships between friendly neighbors help produce tidy estates.
19. The irony in “The Ballad of Birmingham” focuses on what idea?
A. What the child expects is not allowed by the mother.
B. Babies wouldn’t go on a march of protest.
C. Churches were safe havens but now are objects of violence.
D. Beautiful, sweet children hide an evil nature.
20. In Housman’s poem “Loveliest of Trees,” what is meant by “Fifty springs are
A. A person is only as old as he feels.
B. Fifty years isn’t long enough to enjoy life.
C. Fifty years is too long to have to live.
D. Life begins at fifty.
21. In the poem “Dover Beach,” the phrase “moon-blanched land” refers to
A. the white sandy beach in the moonlight.
B. the lack of moonlight.
C. the foam on the ocean waves.
D. man’s base nature represented by the moon.
22. In Dickinson’s poem “There is no Frigate like a Book,” what is meant by “This Traverse
may the poorest take / Without oppress of Toll”?
A. Reading isn’t the same as actually traveling.
B. Traveling abroad is free.
C. Even a poor person can take free journeys by reading.
D. It costs money to buy books.
23. In the poem “Birches,” Frost’s comparison of fallen ice to “heaps of broken glass to
sweep away” is an example of
A. a simile. C. sentimentality.
B. a metaphor. D. paradox.
24. In the poem “Theme for English B,” Langston Hughes makes the point that
A. education is different for African Americans than it is for Caucasian Americans.
B. he’s a little older than the average college student.
C. he’s sophisticated.
D. he and his teacher are each a part of each other.
25. “Dream Deferred” can best be described as a poem about
A. people who have given up dreaming. C. people who daydream.
B. the explosive danger of repression. D. the brevity of life.
26. The rhyme scheme of the first two stanzas of “The Chimney Sweeper” is
A. ABAB CDCD. C. ABAB ABAB.
B. AABB CCDD. D. ABCD ABCD.
27. In the poem “To a Daughter Leaving Home,” the girl’s learning to ride a bike is
A. her learning to leave home and live on her own.
B. her departure for college.
C. the dangers of riding a bicycle.
D. a mother’s feelings of loss.
28. In the poem “On Reading Poems to a Senior Class at South High,” you’ll find the
phrase “I noticed them sitting there / as orderly as frozen fish / in a package.” This
statement is an example of
A. irony. C. simile.
B. point of view. D. metaphor.
29. The theme of the poem “Death, be not proud” shows that
A. people should fear death because it represents the end of life.
B. death should be ashamed of itself for being a slave to war, fate, and sickness.
C. people can use drugs like those made from poppy seeds to mimic death.
D. death should be humble because it has no power over eternity.
30. What emotion is expressed by the repetition “What did I know, what did I know” in the
poem “Those Winter Sundays”?
A. Remorse C. Anger
B. Joy D. Irritation
Drama EXAMINATION NUMBER
1. Which one of the following phrases best defines the
A. The turning point or high point of the plot
B. An emotional release experienced by the audience
at the end of a tragedy
C. A criminal act commited in ignorance
D. The representation through language of a
2. A _______ is typically aimed at rousing explosive laughter.
A. melodrama C. farce
B. romantic comedy D. tragedy
3. Which one of the following types of drama is characterized by
ordinary speech and the use of everyday-looking stage sets
A. Realistic C. Unrealistic
B. Nonrealistic D. Abstract
4. A/An _______ is a type of dramatic speech in which a character appears to speak to
himself or herself.
A. aside C. monologue
B. soliloquy D. dialog
5. Certain departures from reality, such as a room with three walls representing a room
with four walls, are known as
A. dramatic intentions. C. unrealistic inventions.
B. nonrealistic expectations. D. dramatic conventions.
6. The aim of _______ is to expose human weakness, not greatness.
A. comedy C. melodrama
B. tragedy D. realism
7. Which one of the following terms describes the sudden intervention of a divine
being or force?
A. Resolution C. Párados
B. Antistrophe D. Deus ex machina
8. Which one of the following types of comedy emphasizes sympathetic, rather than
A. Scornful C. Romantic
B. Farcical D. Melodramatic
9. Identify the main difference between drama and other forms of literature.
A. Drama is intended to be performed rather than read.
B. Drama is always poetic in form.
C. All drama is nonrealistic.
D. Drama doesn’t reveal an insight into human nature.
10. Which one of the following elements is characteristic of Greek drama?
A. Chorus C. Protagonist
B. Narrator D. Antagonist
11. Which one of the following statements best describes the difference between
nonrealistic and unrealistic drama?
A. Unrealistic drama uses poetic language, whereas nonrealistic drama employs the
the convention of ordinary speech.
B. Nonrealistic drama may employ poetic speech and other fanciful stage elements in
the service of revealing certain truths about human nature, while unrealistic drama
defies common sense, practicality and logic.
C. Unrealistic drama is always farcical, while nonrealistic drama may be comedic
D. In unrealistic drama, the antagonist is always the hero, while in nonrealistic drama,
any character may be the hero.
12. Typically, a tragedy ends with a
A. death. C. marriage.
B. feast. D. deus ex machina.
13. What is the primary subject of A Misdummer Night’s Dream?
A. Jealousy C. Incest
B. Love D. Magic
14. Identify the conflict between Hermia, Helena, Lysander, and Demetrius in A Midsummer
A. Hermia loves Lysander, who is betrothed to Helena.
B. Helena loves Demetrius, but Demetrius is betrothed to Hermia.
C. Demetrius loves Lysander, and Hermia loves Helena.
D. Demetrius loves Helena, and Hermia and can’t decide whom to choose.
15. The Boor is best described as a
A. tragedy. C. romantic comedy.
B. melodrama. D. farce.
16. Which line from A Midsummer Night’s Dream is written in iambic pentameter?
A. Then fate o’erules, that one man holding troth
B. Flower of the purple dye
C. Lord, what fools these mortals be!
D. O monstrous! O strange! We are haunted!
17. The love of Hippolyta and Theseus seems to cast doubt on the theme of the play and
its happy ending. Why is this?
A. Hippolyta really loves Demetrius.
B. Theseus really loves Hermia.
C. Hippolyta is marrying Theseus only because he defeated her in battle.
D. Hippolyta defeated Theseus in battle to marry him.
18. In A Doll House, Dr. Rank leaves a card with a black cross on it in the Helmers’
A. It signifies he’s going to die.
B. It signifies he’s going to get better.
C. It tells Nora that he’ll help her.
D. It means he knows all about Nora’s troubles.
19. Identify the part of the story included as the rising action in Oedipus Rex.
A. Iokastê realizes the truth about Oedipus.
B. Oedipus blinds himself.
C. Oedipus leaves Thebes.
D. Oedipus sends for the shepherd.
20. In Act 2, Scene 1, of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, who says to Demetrius, “And even
for that do I love you the more. / I am your spaniel”?
A. Hermia C. Thisbe
B. Helena D. Titania
21. What action begins the play Oedipus Rex?
A. Oedipus as a child is given to a shepherd.
B. Oedipus kills Laïos.
C. The city of Thebes is stricken with sickness.
D. Iokastê kills herself.
22. In Act 5 of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, why does Hippolyta believe the lovers’ story
of their time in the forest?
A. She believes women because she’s a queen.
B. She wants to defend the lovers.
C. The lovers’ stories all match.
D. She wants to oppose Egeus.
23. Study the following passage from Act 3, Scene 2, of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
So we grew together,
Like to a double cherry, seeming parted
But yet a union in partition,
In this passage, Helena is referring to herself and to
A. Titania. C. Oberon.
B. Lysander. D. Hermia.
24. Identify the resolution of the play A Doll House.
A. Nora forges her father’s signature.
B. Torvald reads Krogstad’s letter telling of Nora’s loan.
C. Nora leaves.
D. Torvald says, “I am saved!”
25. In A Doll House, why does Dr. Rank spend so much time with the Helmers?
A. He’s Torvald’s closest friend.
B. He’s secretly in love with Nora.
C. He’s secretly in love with Mrs. Linde.
D. He’s afraid to die.
26. In Los Vendidos, what is the significance of the line, “No, no, no. We can’t have any
more thieves in the State Administration”?
A. The secretary reveals why she needs a Mexican.
B. Mexicans are regarded as nonentities by the State Administration.
C. The administration is dishonest.
D. Mexicans are regarded as thieves.
27. Which one of the following statements best describes the climax of Los Vendidos?
A. The secretary enters Sancho’s Used Mexican Lot.
B. Honest Sancho turns into a mannequin.
C. The mannequins come alive and attack the secretary.
D. Sancho is taken off stage.
28. Identify which part contributes to the rising action of A Doll House.
A. Krogstad threatens to expose Nora.
B. Krogstad helps Mrs. Linde get a job at the bank.
C. Nora forges her father’s signature.
D. Helmer reads Krogstad’s letter.
29. What is the tragic flaw of Oedipus?
A. He married his mother.
B. He believes he can outwit fate.
C. He killed his father.
D. He fears Meropê.
30. Nora Helmer may be characterized as _______ because she’s willing to defy her
husband in order to find herself.
A. arrogant C. ridiculous
B. devoted D. brave
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