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English 11/ Final Exam (Practice) Part 1

“May George, beloved by all the nations round,
Live with heav’ns choicest constant blessings crown’d!”

Wheatley uses the word crown’d to express the idea that the king

deserves reward for his goodness.

Which statement best describes how Wheatley’s word choice in “To the King’s Most Excellent Majesty” expresses her colonial values?
Using hyperbole, it stresses admiration and praise for the king.

“Great God, direct, and guard him from on high,
And from his head let ev’ry evil fly!”

How does the couplet form support the meaning of the lines?

by completing the speaker’s thought

“If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were lov’d by wife, then thee;
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me ye women if you can.”

What is the rhyme scheme in these lines?

A, A, B, B

How does Bradstreet use figurative language throughout “To My Dear Loving Husband” to develop the theme?
Her comparisons emphasize her undying love for her husband.

How do “To My Dear Loving Husband” and “To the King’s Most Excellent Majesty” reflect cultural values of their time?
Each poem features a speaker who emphasizes the relevance of duty, love, and respect.

A theme expressed in both “To My Dear Loving Husband” and “To the King’s Most Excellent Majesty” is
gratitude and loyalty

“I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold,
Or all the riches that the East doth hold.”

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These lines contain an example of

hyperbole.

How does each poet’s use of figurative language contribute to the overall meaning of “To My Dear Loving Husband” and “To the King’s Most Excellent Majesty”?
Wheatley’s use of hyperbole accentuates her respect for the king; Bradstreet’s use of hyperbole shows how greatly the speaker values her husband’s love.

Which is the best summary of paragraph six of Chapter I of Nature?
To experience nature at its fullest requires mental effort.

What attitude toward the stars does Emerson express in the first paragraph of Chapter I of Nature?
He feels they represent awe-inspiring beauty.

How is the concept of solitude portrayed in both Society and Solitude and Chapter I of Nature?
Solitude is viewed as a source of strength.

Solitude is impracticable, and society fatal. We must keep our head in the one and our hands in the other. The conditions are met, if we keep our independence, yet do not lose our sympathy.

Which best describes Emerson’s argument in this excerpt?

In order to balance society and solitude, one must maintain both independence and sympathy for others.

Which statement best describes the imagery in Chapter I of Nature and in Society and Solitude?
Both use a majority of natural images.

Which best states how the concept of trust is portrayed in Chapter I of Nature and in Society and Solitude?
Nature implies suspicion of others but does not state it, while Society and Solitude states directly that suspicion of others is natural.

Which statement would be included in a summary of the first paragraph of Chapter I of Nature?
The stars at night are beautiful but sometimes unappreciated.

But if a man would be alone, let him look at the stars. The rays that come from those heavenly worlds, will separate between him and what he touches. One might think the atmosphere was made transparent with this design, to give man, in the heavenly bodies, the perpetual presence of the sublime. Seen in the streets of cities, how great they are! If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.

The stars awaken a certain reverence, because though always present, they are inaccessible; but all natural objects make a kindred impression, when the mind is open to their influence.

Emerson claims that stars are similar to dreams by stating they are

“they are present, they are inaccessible”

Which statement best describes how the tone of Society and Solitude is different from the tone of Chapter I of Nature?
Society and Solitude has a contemplative tone, while Nature has a more lyrical and whimsical tone

I just wear my Wings –

What does this line illustrate about the speaker’s view of spirituality?

that her personal beliefs are all she needs

What overall effect does Bradstreet achieve in “To My Dear Loving Husband” through her use of hyperbole and metaphor?
She conveys the depth of her intense love.

As he pushes open the gate and passes up the wide white walk, he sees a flutter of female garments; his wife, looking fresh and cool and sweet, steps down from the veranda to meet him. At the bottom of the steps she stands waiting, with a smile of ineffable joy, an attitude of matchless grace and dignity. Ah, how beautiful she is! He springs forward with extended arms.
Which best describes the narration in the excerpt?
warm and romantic

He said that after the wall-paper was changed it would be the heavy bedstead, and then the barred windows, and then that gate at the head of the stairs, and so on.
“You know the place is doing you good,” he said, “and really, dear, I don’t care to renovate the house just for a three months’ rental.”

Based on this excerpt, which statement best describes John’s viewpoint of the wallpaper?

He believes that his wife is overreacting to the wallpaper.

Which event described in chapter 1 of The Scarlet Letter takes place before the story begins?
The Puritans erect a jail.

Which statement best describes the main idea of the third paragraph of “How We Entered World War I”?
US citizens were proud of themselves for ignoring the problems going on in Europe.

Which statement best describes the thematic difference between “To My Dear Loving Husband” and “To the King’s Most Excellent Majesty”?
Bradstreet’s poem praises love between a husband and wife, while Wheatley’s poem praises love for a king.

He looked like a man cut away from the stake, when the fire has overrunningly wasted all the limbs without consuming them, or taking away one particle from their compacted aged robustness. His whole high, broad form, seemed made of solid bronze, and shaped in an unalterable mould, like Cellini’s cast Perseus.

Which best states the theme that is developed in this excerpt?

the paralysis that fate inflicts on man

“There’s no way I would ever volunteer to be our graduation speaker,” I snapped. Jill [WOL] surprised. “I don’t even like raising my hand in school,” I continued. “Why on earth would I put myself in a position to speak in front of our entire class?”

She smiled knowingly. “I think you have a lot to say, Divya, and it’s time to finally let it out. You always give me great advice. Graduation is a major turning point, and everyone will be looking for a little advice and encouragement as they venture into the world. See? You [WOL] the perfect person to give this speech!”

seemed . . . . are

Which is a motif in “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” that represents being trapped?
the noose

Thoreau’s actions in “Civil Disobedience” and the 1955 bus boycott are similar because both Thoreau and the boycotters were
protesting unjust government policy in a peaceful way

My mom ______ me to go to the store.
allowed

How is the concept of friendship portrayed in both Society and Solitude and Chapter I of Nature?
Friendship is considered to be valuable but not necessarily vital.

Which best explains the symbolism behind Ahab’s ivory leg, fashioned from the jaw of a whale in Chapter 28 of Moby-Dick?
Ahab hunts whales with the aim of conquering them like an enemy.

Two years ago I made peace with Generals Harney, Sanborn, and Colonel Leavenworth at the mouth of the Little Arkansas. That peace I have never broken.

What cultural view is most reflected in this quotation?

the value of promises

In “Because I Could Not Stop for Death,” what is the significance of the phrase “[Death] knew no haste”?
The phrase characterizes Death as being removed from human concerns

How are the main concepts of “Some Keep the Sabbath Going to Church” and “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” treated in both poems?
They are treated evenly and in a very matter-of-fact manner.

Then, using the remnants of intelligence that remained, and helped by a wise friend, I cast the noted specialist’s advice to the winds and went to work again—work, the normal life of every human being; work, in which is joy and growth and service, without which one is a pauper and a parasite—ultimately recovering some measure of power.

Which social attitude of Gilman’s era does this excerpt demonstrate?

Working gives people a sense of competence and control.

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