1. What is the basic form of a sonnet?
six lines plus a rhyming sestet
2. In Spenser's Sonnet 75, the speaker writes his love's name in the sand. What is his main message to his love in this poem?
He will love her forever.
His poem will make their love immortal.<-------
Their love has survived great suffering.
The pleasures of love end with death.
3. These lines are from Spenser's Sonnet 1:
When ye behold that angel's blessed look, / My soul's long lacked food, my heaven's bliss.
Restating this thought in a simpler way is an example of what?
4. Which is the best paraphrase of this line from Spenser's Sonnet 35?
All this world's glory seemeth vain to me . . .
The greatest things in life seem meaningless to me.<-------
The world is a great place to live.
I have not received the glory and honor I have earned.
The wonders of this world are too great to enjoy in a short life.
5. In Sidney's Sonnet 39, the speaker asks sleep to “make in me those civil wars to cease.” What does he mean by “civil wars”?
a quarrel between the speaker and Stella
the speaker's anger toward society
the war going on in England between the common people and the king
the conflict and despair he feels because of his love for Stella<-------
6. How is a Spenserian sonnet different from a Petrarchan sonnet?
A Spenserian sonnet was always written as part of a sequence.
A Spenserian sonnet deals with love and the natural world.
A Spenserian sonnet has a different rhyme scheme.<-------
A Spenserian sonnet has a different number of lines.
7. Which characteristic of Shakespearean sonnets is found in Sonnets 29, 106, 116, and 130?
fourteen lines plus a rhymed couplet<-------
an idealized view of love and life
a conclusion in the final two lines
an irregular rhyme scheme
8. What is the theme of Sonnet 29?
The speaker must learn to live with his disappointments.
The memory of the speaker's beloved makes up for all of life's troubles.<-------
Life's greatest disappointment is to live alone.
Even a hopeless love is better than any other experience.
9. In Sonnet 106, Shakespeare talks about his beloved's beauty. What does he mean when he says we “lack tongues to praise”?
We do not like to make compliments.
We do not have the skill to describe her beauty.<-------
We are no longer able to say romantic things.
We do not say certain things out loud.
10. Where does the rhymed couplet appear in Shakespearean sonnets?
at the end of each quatrain
at the beginning of each quatrain
in the first two lines of the poem
in the final two lines of the poem<-------
11. How does Shakespeare describe love in Sonnet 116?
Love is eternal.<-------
Love is humorous.
Love is brief.
Love is harsh.
12. What is the tone of Sonnet 130?
hopeful and happy
anxious and sad
serious and angry
humorous and realistic<-------
13. What does the speaker do in each quatrain of Sonnet 130?
He praises his beloved.
He makes fun of his beloved.<-------
He speaks to his beloved.
He laments the loss of his beloved.
14. In “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love,” what does the speaker urge his love to do?
forgive him for loving another
run away with him to the city
come live with him in the country<-------
help him feed his flocks
15. Why does the nymph reject the shepherd in “The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd”?
Time will pass and the joys of youth will fade.<-------
She has no desire to live in the country.
She loves another and will not leave him.
She grew tired of waiting and married another.
16. What is the speaker's attitude in “The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd”?
Vocabulary and Grammar
17. Which word best completes this sentence?
The poet had worked all night to complete the sonnet, but at dawn it remained unfinished. Defeated, his spirit ____ at his desk.
18. What is a participle?
a verb form that usually ends in -ment
a verb form that usually ends in -ed or -ing<-------
a noun form that is used as an adverb
a noun form that usually ends in -ness
19. Which sentence uses the underlined vocabulary word correctly?
Time alters everyone's looks.<-------
Her beauty was no chronicle to his feelings for her.
He knew that in the impediments of history, there had been no one more lovely.
In prefiguring the history of love, he knew she had no equal.
20. Which sentence contains an adverb phrase?
Roses of red filled the bed.<-------
Sheep grazed in the meadow.
The poet from London observed the shepherds.