05.00 Module Five Pretest Module 05: Understanding Poetry

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05.00 Module Five Pretest Module 05: Understanding Poetry

I’m working on a English exercise and need support.

1.

(LC)

Helen Grey
By Christina Georgina Rossetti

Because one loves you, Helen Grey,


Is that a reason you should pout,


And like a March wind veer about,


And frown, and say your shrewish say?


Don’t strain the cord until it snaps,


Don’t split the sound heart with your wedge,


Don’t cut your fingers with the edge


Of your keen wit; you may, perhaps.


Because you’re handsome, Helen Grey,
Is that a reason to be proud?
Your eyes are bold, your laugh is loud,
Your steps go mincing on their way;
But so you miss that modest charm
Which is the surest charm of all:
Take heed, you yet may trip and fall,
And no man care to stretch his arm.

Stoop from your cold height, Helen Grey,
Come down, and take a lowlier place;
Come down, to fill it now with grace;
Come down you must perforce some day:
For years cannot be kept at bay,
And fading years will make you old;
Then in their turn will men seem cold,
When you yourself are nipped and grey.

Which text from “Helen Grey” explicitly describes Helen’s behavior? (4 points)

2.

(MC)

Helen Grey
By Christina Georgina Rossetti

Because one loves you, Helen Grey,
Is that a reason you should pout,
And like a March wind veer about,
And frown, and say your shrewish say?
Don’t strain the cord until it snaps,
Don’t split the sound heart with your wedge,
Don’t cut your fingers with the edge
Of your keen wit; you may, perhaps.

Because you’re handsome, Helen Grey,
Is that a reason to be proud?
Your eyes are bold, your laugh is loud,
Your steps go mincing on their way;
But so you miss that modest charm
Which is the surest charm of all:
Take heed, you yet may trip and fall,
And no man care to stretch his arm.

Stoop from your cold height, Helen Grey,
Come down, and take a lowlier place;
Come down, to fill it now with grace;
Come down you must perforce some day:
For years cannot be kept at bay,
And fading years will make you old;
Then in their turn will men seem cold,
When you yourself are nipped and grey.

Which line from “Helen Grey” implies Helen is not as exceptional as she may think? (4 points)

But so you miss that modest charm

Come down, and take a lowlier place

Then in their turn will men seem cold

When you yourself are nipped and grey

3.

(MC)

Evening
By Victoria Mary Sackville-West

When little lights in little ports come out,
Quivering down through water with the stars,
And all the fishing fleet of slender spars
Range at their moorings, veer with tide about;

When race of wind is stilled and sails are furled,
And underneath our single riding-light
The curve of black-ribbed deck gleams palely white,
And slumbrous waters pool a slumbrous world;

Then, and then only, have I thought how sweet
Old age might sink upon a windy youth,
Quiet beneath the riding-light of truth,
Weathered through storms, and gracious in retreat.

Which of the following is true of this text in bold? (4 points)

It explicitly describes night at the ports.

It explicitly states that the ports are damaged.

It implies the dangers of working at sea.

It implies a relationship has ended.

4.

(MC)

Evening
By Victoria Mary Sackville-West

When little lights in little ports come out,
Quivering down through water with the stars,
And all the fishing fleet of slender spars
Range at their moorings, veer with tide about;

When race of wind is stilled and sails are furled,
And underneath our single riding-light
The curve of black-ribbed deck gleams palely white,
And slumbrous waters pool a slumbrous world;

Then, and then only, have I thought how sweet
Old age might sink upon a windy youth,
Quiet beneath the riding-light of truth,
Weathered through storms, and gracious in retreat.

Which words from “Evening” most strongly suggest the theme? (4 points)

When little lights in little ports come out / Quivering down through water with the stars

And all the fishing fleet of slender spars / Range at their moorings

The curve of black-ribbed deck gleams palely white / And slumbrous waters pool

Then, and then only, have I thought how sweet / Old age might sink upon a windy youth

5.

(LC)

Which sentence below shows correct use of em dashes? (4 points)

Before his European travel highlight of his summer, Mickey forced-himself to pay-off his credit cards.

Before his highlight of his summer European travel — Mickey forced himself to pay off his credit cards.

Before his European travel, the highlight of his summer Mickey — forced himself to — pay off his credit-cards.

Before his European travel—the highlight of his summer—Mickey forced himself to pay off his credit cards.

6.

(LC)

Which sentence below shows correct use of an em dash? (4 points)

I just watched The Lord of the Rings—my favorite film trilogy—with my friends.

I just watched The-Lord-of-the-Rings my favorite film trilogy with my friends.

I just watched The Lord of the Rings my favorite film-trilogy with my friends.

I – just watched The Lord of the Rings my favorite film trilogy with – my friends.

7.

(LC)

Which sentence below shows correct use of an em dash? (4 points)

He didn’t hear the doorbell broken – since last week when – the delivery person arrived.

He didn’t hear the door-bell broken since last-week when the delivery-person arrived.

He didn’t hear the doorbell—broken since last week—when the delivery person arrived.

He didn’t hear the door-bell broken since last week – when the delivery person arrived.

8.

(LC)

Which sentence has the most traditional syntax? (4 points)

Chewing a ragged nail and checking her watch, she jiggled her leg up and down.

Jiggling, her leg moving, checking her watch, she chewed her nail.

Checking her watch, her leg jiggling up and down, she chewed a ragged nail.

As her leg jiggled up and down, she chewed a ragged nail and checked her watch.

9.

(MC)

Read the sentence below and answer the following question:

During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens, I had been passing alone, on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country, and at length found myself, as the shades of the evening drew on, within view of the melancholy House of Usher. —Poe, “The Fall of the House of Usher”

What has the author done to create a tone of seriousness in this piece? (4 points)

He has used a long sentence with complex syntax to ask the reader to pay close attention.

He has used a meaningless sentence with broken syntax to make a point about grammar.

He has written a sentence using descriptive syntax about a strange summer day of cold.

He has written a short sentence with traditional syntax to make the reading easy for all.

10.

(MC)

Read the sentence below and answer the following question:

During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens, I had been passing alone, on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country, and at length found myself, as the shades of the evening drew on, within view of the melancholy House of Usher. —Poe, “The Fall of the House of Usher”

Which of the following is true about the author’s syntax in this passage? (4 points)

It emphasizes a minor fear.

It introduces a specific person.

It sets a formal tone.

It suggests a coming storm.

11.

(MC)

A student is revising the sentence below:

Because the study had only a small sampling of test subjects, Melissa reacted to its conclusions with a good deal of _______________.

Which word would suggest the most negative judgment of the study? (4 points)

Concern: a care or worry

Reservation: a doubt or misgiving

Suspicion: a belief that something is wrong

Uncertainty: a state of doubt; not sure

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