1. Once unleashed, the dog bounded toward the backyard fence. raced leaped limped wandered 2. Read these lines from William Blake’s “The Tyger.” “And what shoulder, & what art,/Could twist the sinews of thy heart?” Which of these is nearest in meaning to the word sinews as it is used in the lines above? bones essence location longevity 3. His sportive personality delighted some and annoyed others. indifferent playful studious unusual 4. Which excerpt from Robert Burns’s “To a Mouse” best conveys empathy? “… At me, thy earth-born companion,/An’ fellow mortal!” “…An’ weary winter comin’ fast,/An cozie here, beneath the blast…” “Thy wee-bit housie, too, in ruin!/Its silly wa’s the win’s are strewin’!” “Still thou art blessed compared wi’ me/The present only toucheth thee…” 5. In William Blake’s “The Lamb,” to whom or what is the lamb compared? humankind Jesus nature 6. Which of these does William Wordsworth criticize in “The World Is Too Much with Us”? paganism modern life the death of reason nature’s destructive powers 7. Which line from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan” marks the point at which the dream it describes becomes nightmarish? “Where Alph, the sacred river, ran…” “…Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.” “A savage place! as holy and enchanted…” “…Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree…” 8. Which excerpt from Lord Byron’s Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage most clearly describes a state of alienation? “But in Man’s dwellings he became a thing/Restless and worn…” “…On with the giddy circle, chasing Time,/Yet with a nobler aim…” “But soon he knew himself the most unfit/Of men to herd with Man…” “…He had the passion and the power to roam;/The desert, forest, cavern…” 9. Which line from Percy Shelley’s “Ode to the West Wind” most directly describes a contrast to the subject of the work? “…Yellow, and black, and pale, and hectic red.” “…Thine azure sister of the Spring shall blow…” “…Wild Spirit, which art moving everywhere…” “…Loose clouds like earth’s decaying leaves are shed…” 10. In his “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” John Keats attempts to understand and describe the origin of life. the nature of beauty. the purpose of death. the meaning of passion. For questions 11–12, choose the correct answer. 11. Which of these is less typical of odes than of other types of poetry? heavy reliance on rhythm and word sounds language that creates a dignified tone or style thoughtful reflection upon a person or an object language directly addressing the subject of the work 12. “Bird, thou never wert…” Which of these is exemplified by this line from Percy Shelley’s “To a Skylark”? archaic language onomatopoeia simile terza rima
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Read the fable and use supporting evidence from the story to identify its theme. Answer in a minimum of three complete sentences. One fine day in winter some Ants were busy drying their store of corn, which had got rather damp during a long spell of rain. Presently up came a Grasshopper and begged them to spare her a few grains, “For,” she said, “I’m simply starving.” The Ants stopped work for a moment, though this was against their principles. “May we ask,” said they, “what you were doing with yourself all last summer? Why didn’t you collect a store of food for the winter?” “The fact is,” replied the Grasshopper, “I was so busy singing that I hadn’t the time.” “If you spent the summer singing,” replied the Ants, “you can’t do better than spend the winter dancing.” And they chuckled and went on with their work.