poem quizzes

The speaker of “the guitar” makes a direct comparison between the guitar and ______.
a wounded heart

which word best describes the speaker’s feelings in the following lines from “the guitar” : it mourns the arrow without a target, the evening without morning. And the first bird dead upon a branch.
sorrowful

the preceding lines from the guitar should be read as how many sentences?
two

Naomi Shihab Nye’s “making a fist” is about…
trying to overcome a fear of death

What does the following final line from “making a fist” suggest?
Survival is a series of struggles

A central idea of Jade Flower Palace is that…
no matter how hard people hope or plan, they cannot control the future

What makes the speaker of Jade Flower Palace so sad is the contrast between…
the princes hopes for his palace and its current decayed state

After which word does the first stop occur in the following lines from “Jade Flower Palace”: The shattered pavements are all washed away. ten thousand organ Pipes whistle and roar…
away

Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare is mostly about…
a poets celebration of his beloved

In Sonnet 18 what do we learn about the poets beloved?
We learn very little except that she is very attractive

What are some charatceristics of Shakespeare sonnet
fourteen-line poem, written in iambic pentameter, contains three quatrains

According to Shakespeare death can be defeated by…
art

what is the tone of the couplet at the end of sonnet 18?
confident

in “the waking” what “climbs up a winding stair”?
a worm

The images of nature in “the waking” connect the poet’s meaning by
symbolizing the connection between life and death

According to the speaker of “success is counted sweetest” most values success?
unsuccessful people

What hardships affect Columbus men in columbus dying?
They are starving and feverish

the speaker of I dwell in possiblity-describes the chambers as the cedars clues from the rest of the novel help you infer that cedars are ____.
massive

example of a stated theme in poetry is
success is counted sweetest

In “i dwell in possibility” – the lines more numerous of windows superior for doors suggests that
possiblity includes entertaining a variety of views and opinions

the pale women in uncoiling react by…
hurridly locking windows and doors

in columbus dying, why does it make no difference weather they tumble off earths edge or crawl till dropped dead in their tracks
in the face of death, his achievement seem insignificant

what does prose represent in I dwell in possibility
ordinary life

who are the speakers of “In Flanders Fields”
soldiers killed in battle

what important message do the speakers of “In Flanders Fields” give to readers?
continue the important fight for which we died, or we will not be able to rest peacefully

In “In Flanders Fields” what does the poem’s repetitive beat suggest?
the rows and rows of grave markers throughout Flanders fields

In “The Kraken” where can the Kraken be found?
deep in the sea

What musical device is demonstrated by the capitalized words in the following passage from “The Kraken”? “Below the thunders of the upper DEEP;/ Far, far BENEATH in the abysmal sea,/ His ancient, DREAMLESS, uninvaded SLEEP/ The Kraken SLEEPETH: faintest sunlights FLEE
assonance

According to Tennyson’s poem, what has the Kraken spent his time doing for ages?
sleeping and eating huge seaworms

What action is reflected by the repetition of sound in the following lines from “Reapers”? “Black reapers with the sound of steel on stones/ Are sharpening scythes. I see them place the hones/ In their hip-pockets as a thing that’s done. / And start their silent swinging…
horses driving a mower through the weeds

What happens to the field rat in “Reapers”?
It is cut with the blade of a scythe

what is revealed by actions described in “Reapers”?
the numbing effect on slaves of repetitive work

on what type of journey has the speaker in “Meeting at Night” been?
a journey walking down a long stretch of beach

Which of the following lines from “Meeting at Night” features an example of onomatopoeia? a) and quench its speed i’ the slushy sand b) three fields to cross till a farm appears c) and a voice less loud, through its joys and fears d) the gray sea and the long black land
a

what is the meaning of the following lines from “Meeting at Night”? “and a voice less loud, through its joys and fears, / Than the two hearts beating each to each!
Voices cannot be heard over the couple’s hearts, which are beating together with love and happiness

what musical device is most noticeable in “Prayer of the First Dancers”?
repetition

how would you describe the attitude toward the “you” being addressed in “Prayer of First Dancers”?
welcoming and admiring

What can you say about the Navajo attitude toward nature after reading “Prayer of First Dancers”?
They feel respect and reverence toward nature

What aspect of “Prayer of First Dancers” is most reflective of its ceremonial use?
its repeated words and phrases

Which of the following statements best summarizes what Keats says in “La Belle Dame sans Merci”?
beauty never lasts long, and when it fades it brings sadness

what aspect of “La Belle Dame sans Merci” is characteristic of narrative poetry?
It tells a story

which of the following best describes the lady in “La Belle Dame sans Merci”?
enchanting and mysterious

The setting of “La Belle Dame sans Merci” reflects a world that is…
lifeless

choose the sentence that most clearly reflects the meaning of the following stanza from “La Belle Dame sans Merci.” “I made a garland for her head, and bracelets too, and fragrant zone; she looked at me as she did love, and made sweet moan.
I covered her with blossoms, and she looked at me tenderly

the minor characters (the kings and princes) are significant in “La Belle Dame sans Merci” because they
are victims of the lady

In “La Belle Dame sans Merci” why is the lady “without pity”?
she enslaves the knight with her beauty

in the end, “La Belle Dame sans Merci” is a poem about…
love and loneliness

which of the following makes the two speakers in “Danny Deever” seem more vivid and real?
they speak in dialect

the theme in Kipling’s “Danny Deever” is that
even military men are upset by the execution of a comrade

which character in “Danny Deever” views events as the reader does?
Files-on-Parade

“Danny Deever” creates a mood full of
dread

the fact that Files-on-Parade asks the Color-Sergeant questions throughout most of “Danny Deever” suggests that Files-on-Parade is…
less experienced

In “Danny Deever” why is Files-on-Parade especially disturbed by Danny’s execution?
he was a friend of Danny’s

To what is Kipling referring in the following line from “Danny Deever”? “‘E’s drinkin’ bitter beer alone…”
Danny’s solitary agony

In “Danny Deever,” which of the following best reflects the soldier’s feelings toward Deever? a) “the regiment’s in column, an’ they’re marchin’ us away…” b) “for ‘e shot a comrade sleepin’- you must look ‘im in the face…” c) “the regiment’s in ‘ollow square- they’re hangin’ him today…” d) “O they’re hangin’ Danny Deever in the mornin’!”
b

For the dying man in “Success is counted Sweetest,” why do the “distant strains of triumph/ Burst agonized and clear”?
he is most attuned to victory, the one thing he has longed for above all else

In “Columbus Dying” what can you infer from the lines, “No dragons gnawing on drowned sailors’ brains, / He missed the angels guarding the four corners”?
people in Columbus’s time believed many myths about sea travel

From what evidence would you infer that the speaker of “Uncoiling” admires the power of the wind?
“she spews gusts and thunder,/ spooks pale women who scurry”

the speaker’s preference for possibility over prose implies that the theme of “I Dwell in Possibility-” is
imagination makes life richer

what information can you infer from the images of thorns, lightning, cholla, hawks, tumbleweeds, and sand in “Uncoiling”?
the poem is set in the southwestern United States

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