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1. Consider the line “(the soil)/ Is bare now, nor can feet feel, being shod.” By analysis, we deduce that Hopkins means people are out of touch with God because they’re A. too concerned with property. B. moving to cities. C. out of touch with the earth. D. depending on worthless machinery. 2. In Donne’s sonnet, what does the phrase “one short sleep past” mean? A. Death is more permanent than sleep. B. Death is unavoidable. C. Death, like a nap, isn’t permanent. D. Death comes sooner than expected. 3. Which one of the following lines is written in iambic pentameter? A. “I lift my lamp beside the golden door” B. “And sorry I could not travel both” C. “Not that the pines are darker there” D. “When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me” 4. The form of the poem “God’s Grandeur” is that of A. a villanelle. B. blank verse. C. an Italian sonnet. D. an English sonnet. This question is based on the following poem. How Doth the Little Crocodile How doth the little crocodile Improve his shining tail, And pour the waters of the Nile On every golden scale! How cheerfully he seems to grin, How neatly spreads his claws, And welcomes little fishes in With gently smiling jaws! 5. What is the rhyme scheme in “How Doth the Little Crocodile”? A. ABAB CDCD B. ABAB ABAB C. ABBA ABBA D. AABB CCDD 6. Describing the chariot that bears the human soul as “frugal” is an example of A. paradox. B. epiphany. C. realism. D. denotation. 7. In “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night,” Dylan Thomas’s phrase “wild men” describes A. those who trade dignity for madness. B. people who deny death. C. people who embrace death. D. those who celebrate life. 8. In the poem “God’s Grandeur,” we find the words reck and rod. By analysis we can determine that the word rod probably comes from the Bible and means A. God’s power. B. a tool of correction. C. God’s wrath. D. a principle of ethics. 9. In her poem, “The New Colossus,” Emma Lazarus identifies the Statue of Liberty with A. a mother. B. the Colossus of Rhodes. C. wretchedness. D. Old World tyranny. 10. What type of poem is “Death, Be Not Proud”? A. Narrative B. Descriptive C. Reflective D. Discursive 11. Who is the speaker in Sandburg’s “Grass”? A. Napoleon B. The grass C. A conductor D. A passenger 12. Emily Dickinson’s poetry was rescued for posterity by A. her sister. B. the residents of Amherst. C. a cleric from Boston. D. her secret lover. 13. In the poem “God’s Grandeur,” the phrase “nor can foot feel, being shod” means A. God cures all pain. B. humans are out of touch with nature. C. the poet can sense God from head to toe. D. the earth is home for humans. 14. One difference between the English sonnet and the Italian sonnet is its A. meter. B. subject matter. C. theme. D. rhyme scheme. 15. In the last line of “God’s Grandeur,” we see an unusual and complicated use of A. assonance. B. alliteration. C. consonance. D. repetition. 16. In “Death, Be Not Proud,” what two things does Donne say give pleasure? A. Life and death B. God and salvation C. Rest and sleep D. Nature and travel 17. Which one of the following elements is characteristic of the poem “Richard Cory”? A. Sonnet form B. Surprise ending C. Blank verse D. Lack of rhyme scheme End of exam 18. A villanelle is A. a type of complex sonnet. B. a formal poem using extensive repetition. C. a narrative poem written in blank verse. D. a favorite technique of John Donne. 19. Which one of the following poems is written in free verse? A. “Grass” B. “God’s Grandeur” C. “There Is No Frigate Like a Book” D. “Death, Be Not Proud” 20. The theme of the poem “Richard Cory” is that A. Richard Cory was a victim of fate. B. a person’s inner reality is often hidden. C. money can’t buy love. D. surface glitter may be fool’s gold