. In Halleys Comet the first two scenes portray the schoolteacher Miss Murphy and the red-headed preacher in the public square. How are these characters similar?a. They both reassure the speaker.b. They both know a lot about comets.c. They both hint that the world may end soon.d. They both talk about religion.
15. After the speaker is sent to his room in Halleys Comet he says in lines 2627 Thewhole familys asleep / except for me. They never heard me steal / into the stairwell hall and climb / the ladder to the fresh night air. What is the speaker planning to do?a. get back at his mother for scolding himb. repent in case the comet comesc. wait for his mother to come and take him awayd. wait for the world to end so he can see his deceased father
16. In poems such as Halleys Comet enjambed lines are lines that do not end with a grammatical break and that do not make full sense without the line that follows. One reason that poets use enjambed lines isa. to make the meter of a line more regular.b. to emphasize important words.c. to produce rhyming sounds.d. to establish an informal tone.
17. How does the tone in Halleys Comet change in the last section of the poem (lines3037)?a. The tone becomes more frightened.b. The tone becomes angrier.c. The tone becomes sadder and gentler.d. The tone becomes more humorous.
18. What is Stanley Kunitzs poem Halleys Comet mostly about?a. a rare event in the night skyb. a boys experiences at schoolc. the speakers reflections on childhood and lossd. the speakers observations of superstition
19. In Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper what is the connection between the poets high-school job and his later experience in law school?a. He now goes to law school.b. He worked with legal pads in both places.c. He worked in the courtroom.d. He got paper cuts in both places.
20. What does the poet feel toward those who are still making legal pads in Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper?a. annoyanceb. sympathyc. misunderstandingd. curiosity
21. The author of Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper believes thata. hard jobs make you a better person.b. hard labor is behind many endeavors.c. legal pads are poorly made.d. students use too much paper in law school.
22. Where is the speaker in the poem Camouflaging the Chimera?a. at home in the United Statesb. on a vacation in Bangkokc. in a doorwayd. at war in Vietnam
23. In Camouflaging the Chimera why are the soldiers content to be a hummingbirds target?a. Hummingbird is military jargon for an American helicopter.b. They are trying to hide themselves in the foliage of the jungle.c. They are more afraid of the chameleons.d. They are trying to avoid poisonous snakes.
24. Which of these lines from Camouflaging the Chimera suggests the idea of soldiers becoming one with their environment?a. Wrestling iron through grass.b. The river ran through our bones.c. we held our breathd. VC struggled / with the hillside
25. At the beginning of Streets the poet is referring to someone who hasa. moved away.b. died.c. gotten married.d. gone to sleep.
26. What is the setting of Streets?a. a country roadb. a cityc. an apartment buildingd. a bedroom
27. In Streets which of the following images is used to describe a persons death?a. One more window darkb. There grows a whole company of usc. Overhead loud grackles are claiming their treesd. Each thing in its time
28. Why does the speaker in Traveling Through the Dark say it is best to roll dead deer into the canyon?a. To keep people from feeling sad when they see the dead animal.b. To keep other animals from investigating the deers body.c. To discourage other drivers from stopping to talk to the speaker.d. To prevent other cars from swerving to miss hitting the deer which could cause a car wreck.
29. How does the deer the central image in Traveling Through the Dark change from the beginning of the poem to the middle of the poem?a. It goes from being just a dead deer to being a dead deer with a live fawn.b. It goes from being alive to being dead.c. First it is a deer then the speaker thinks it is a cow.d. The speaker thinks it is dead but it is alive.
30. The narrator in One Day Broken in Two compares America toa. a toy truckb. a sandwichc. a tea cupd. a bowl
31. In Traveling Through the Dark as the speaker thinks about what to do with the deer his thoughts are swerving which meansa. he is thinking about driving on curving roads.b. he thinks straight through his problem without wavering.c. his thoughts shift back and forth from one idea to another.d. he barely gives the deer any thought at all.
32. The girls in The Secret find the secret of life in a line of poetry but the poet who wrote the line does not know the secret which suggests thata. the girls are smarter than the poet.b. poems mean different things to different people.c. the poet did not really write the poem.d. poetry has no real meaning.
33. In The Secret the speakers flash of understanding is thata. some people think there is a secret of life.b. some people love to read poetry.c. she actually loves her own poetry.d. she meets people who read her poems.
34. What rhetorical question does the narrator ask in One Day Broken in Two?a. What happened?b. Where did it happen?c. Who are we now?d. Who did it?
35. In Urban Renewal why does Ramsay get upset at the sanitation workers?a. He thinks they have taken too long to clean up the walkway.b. He thinks they should be working at Ground Zero not in Brooklyn.c. He thinks they are cleaning up the tributes to those killed in the 9/11 attacks.d. He thinks they are doing a poor job of cleaning up since there are many objects still on the walkway.
36. Why does Ramsay like the tributes that he sees on the walkway?a. They are valuable works of art.b. They show that people are ready to go to war.c. They distract people from the horror of the 9/11 attacks.d. They help him and others to grieve and to remember what happened.
37. Why is Ramsays story valuable?a. It is an example of great literature and should be preserved as such.b. It persuades people not to take down tributes to victims of a tragedy.c. It is a first-person historical record of important events as they happened.d. It requires the listener or reader to have background knowledge about the event.
38. What background knowledge does a listener or reader need to have in order to understand and appreciate Ramsays story?a. the full schedules of Brooklyns sanitation workersb. that Ramsay won a story slam contest with this storyc. the names of the people pictured in the walkway tributesd. that almost 3000 people died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center
39. In Playing for the Fighting Sixty-Ninth why does Harvey consider his hours playing at the armory to be the most meaningful time he has ever had as a musician?a. because he was able to use his music to help people feel better during a terrible tragedyb. because he played the most technically perfect music he has ever played before in his lifec. because he played for more hours straight and more difficult pieces than he has ever played befored. because he realizes that he no longer wants to be a professional musician and would rather join the National Guard instead
40. What form of primary source is William Harveys account Playing for the Fighting Sixty-Ninth?a. an emailb. a transcriptc. an oral historyd. a journal entry
41. Who was the original intended audience for Harveys story about his time with the Fighting Sixty-Ninth?a. his familyb. the Colonel of the 69thc. his instructors at Juilliardd. a major New York newspaper
42. How does Tans mothers presence in an audience affect Tans awareness of her speech?a. She realizes that she never uses formal standardized English with her mother.b. She realizes that her mother cannot understand her because her mother speaks only Chinese.c. She slips into broken English out of habit because her mother is there.d. She can no longer concentrate on her speech and gives up apologizing to her audience.
43. How do you know that Tans mother understands English better than her spoken English seems to indicate?a. Tans transcribed family talk shows that her mother is faking her broken English.b. Tans mother taught her how to write.c. Tans mother can answer word analogies and sentence completion questions.d. Tans mother reads business magazines and novels with ease.
44. In Mother Tongue why does Tans mother have Tan speak on the phone for her?a. because Tans mother is embarrassed about her broken Englishb. because Tans mother gets too angry to speakc. because Tans mother can speak only Chinese so she must rely on Tans English to communicated. because Tan speaks perfect English and gets better results than her mother who speaks broken English
45. In Mother Tongue Tan posing as her mother on the telephone reveals that Tana. is dishonest.b. is controlling.c. feels empathy for her mother.d. feels embarrassed by her mother.
46. Why did Tan become a writer even though her math skills were better than her English skills in school?a. Her mother did not want her to become an engineer.b. Her skill with word analogies convinced her that writing was her calling.c. She has a rebellious nature and enjoys disproving peoples assumptions about her.d. She wanted to show her mother that learning English well leads to success in America.
47. Why does Dove choose to reflect upon how books look feel and smell to her?a. because books inspired her love of reading writing and storiesb. because she realizes that books are becoming less and less important todayc. because she never has time to read anymore now that she is a writerd. because she finds the appearance and smell of old books to be unappealing
48. What does Doves familys library in their solarium imply about her family?a. They think having a large collection of books makes them look intelligent and wealthy.b. They feel sorry for their daughter and want her to read a lot because she has no friends.c. They value reading and learning enough to maintain a growing personal library.d. They do not take good care of their belongings and leave their books to get dusty and old.
49. By describing her love of the story in which an outcast boy becomes a hero what point is Dove making in For the Love of Books?a. Books allow readers to identify with others.b. Even science fiction can stir strong emotions.c. We should be considerate of one anothers feelings.d. Writers find inspiration in unlikely places.
50. Which of the following would be a main topic in an outline of Doves essay For the Love of Books?a. favorite books and storiesb. analog science fiction magazinec. leather bindingsd. grade school spelling lists