Oct / 29

Which of the following quotations from “Thanatopsis” could be considered a consolation?

                        A) “Yet a few days, and thee / The all-beholding sun shall see no more . . .” 
B) “sad images / Of the stern agony, and shroud, and pall . . .” 
C) “Yet not to thine eternal resting place / Shalt thou retire alone . . .” 
D) “And, lost each human trace, surrendering up / Thine individual being, shalt thou go . . .” 
2. Which statement from “Thanatopsis” best summarizes the cycle described in this poem? 
A) The dead are replaced by the living, who die in turn. 
B) The natural world is destructive. 
C) We move from cheerfulness to sorrow and back again. 
D) Nature speaks to us gently, then harshly. 
3. “Thanatopsis” is a good example of Romantic poetry because 
A) the poem is written in unrhymed lines and focuses on the supernatural. 
B) the poem is concerned with thoughts of dying. 
C) nature arouses emotions and insights in the speaker. 
D) the poet applies logic and rational thinking to human concerns about life and death. 
4. The theme of “Thanatopsis” strongly suggests that human beings are 
A) the highest form of living things. 
B) an ongoing part of the earth itself. 
C) doomed to live in dread of death. 
D) not capable of improving their lives. 
5. You can infer from details in “The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls” that the traveler 
A) dies. 
B) drowns. 
C) disappears. 
D) is Longfellow. 
6. In “The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls,” the rising and falling of the tide suggests 
A) waves of despair. 
B) the end of summer. 
C) the passage of time. 
D) the joy of life. 
7. The repeated last line in “The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls” is intended to suggest the 
A) traveler’s footsteps. 
B) unceasing motion of the tides. 
C) great difficulty of travel in the 19th century. 
D) dawn following each night. 
8. You can infer from “The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls” that Longfellow 
A) accepts the fact that life goes on after someone dies. 
B) believes that people should fight against death. 
C) believes that he will live forever through his poetry. 
D) was very afraid of death. 
9. The theme of “The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls” is best stated as 
A) humans have little control over their fate. 
B) human life is long and part of an endless cycle. 
C) the sea is dangerous yet sustains human life and hope. 
D) the ocean goes on, but human life is limited. 
10. The mood of “The Cross of Snow” is best described as
A) joyful. 
B) angry.
C) grieving. 
D) romantic. 
11. In “The Cross of Snow,” the images of a halo, fire, and sunlight contrast with the 
A) image of a snowy, sun-capped mountain. 
B) face of the speaker’s dead wife. 
C) image of a sunless mountain ravine. 
D) memory of a happy marriage. 
12. In “The Cross of Snow,” the cross the speaker wears is 
A) guilt about the accident that killed his wife. 
B) an emotional pain. 
C) a medal that his wife gave him. 
D) a memory of a trip he took with his family. 
13. Readers can conclude that the female subject of “The Cross of Snow” is 
A) remembered fondly and deeply missed by the speaker. 
B) lonely person who lives isolated from society. 
C) one of the speaker’s few childhood friends. 
D) spiritual and in touch with the ways of nature. 
14. What is surprising about the image of the cross in “The Cross of Snow” is that it 
A) gets dirty with time. 
B) is large. 
C) appears and disappears with the seasons. 
D) lasts through time. 
15. The pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in poetry is called 
A) meter. 
B) scanning a poem. 
C) a foot. 
D) an iamb. 
16. Longfellow used an iambic meter in “The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls” to 
A) capture the ebbing and rising tide. 
B) create a sing-song effect. 
C) avoid a predictable rhythm. 
D) express his feelings about death. 
17. “The Cross of Snow” is a type of poem called 
A) a spondee. 
B) the Shakespearean sonnet. 
C) free verse. 
D) the Italian sonnet. 
18. Longfellow says “The little waves, with their soft, white hands . . .” in “The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls.” All of the following statements are true regarding this quotation EXCEPT:
A) The line is in strict iambic meter. 
B) The line has end rhyme with one line in the same stanza. 
C) The line shows personification. 
D) The line repeats initial consonant sounds.
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