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. In “Halley’s Comet,” the first two scenes portray the schoolteacher Miss Murphy and the red-headed preacher in the public square. How are these characters similar? a. They both reassure the speaker. b. They both know a lot about comets. c. They both hint that the world may end soon. d. They both talk about religion.

15. After the speaker is sent to his room in “Halley’s Comet,” he says in lines 26–27, “The whole family’s asleep / except for me. They never heard me steal / into the stairwell hall and climb / the ladder to the fresh night air.” What is the speaker planning to do? a. get back at his mother for scolding him b. repent in case the comet comes c. wait for his mother to come and take him away d. wait for the world to end so he can see his deceased father

16. In poems such as “Halley’s Comet,” enjambed lines are lines that do not end with a grammatical break and that do not make full sense without the line that follows. One reason that poets use enjambed lines is a. to make the meter of a line more regular. b. to emphasize important words. c. to produce rhyming sounds. d. to establish an informal tone.

17. How does the tone in “Halley’s Comet” change in the last section of the poem (lines 30–37)? a. The tone becomes more frightened. b. The tone becomes angrier. c. The tone becomes sadder and gentler. d. The tone becomes more humorous.

18. What is Stanley Kunitz’s poem “Halley’s Comet” mostly about? a. a rare event in the night sky b. a boy’s experiences at school c. the speaker’s reflections on childhood and loss d. the speaker’s observations of superstition

19. In “Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper,” what is the connection between the poet’s high-school job and his later experience in law school? a. He now goes to law school. b. He worked with legal pads in both places. c. He worked in the courtroom. d. He got paper cuts in both places.

20. What does the poet feel toward those who are still making legal pads in “Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper”? a. annoyance b. sympathy c. misunderstanding d. curiosity

21. The author of “Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper” believes that a. hard jobs make you a better person. b. hard labor is behind many endeavors. c. legal pads are poorly made. d. students use too much paper in law school.

22. Where is the speaker in the poem “Camouflaging the Chimera”? a. at home in the United States b. on a vacation in Bangkok c. in a doorway d. at war in Vietnam

23. In “Camouflaging the Chimera,” why are the soldiers content to “be a hummingbird’s target?” a. “Hummingbird” is military jargon for an American helicopter. b. They are trying to hide themselves in the foliage of the jungle. c. They are more afraid of the chameleons. d. They are trying to avoid poisonous snakes.

24. Which of these lines from “Camouflaging the Chimera” suggests the idea of soldiers becoming one with their environment? a. “Wrestling iron through grass.” b. “The river ran through our bones.” c. “we held our breath” d. “VC struggled / with the hillside”

25. At the beginning of “Streets,” the poet is referring to someone who has a. moved away. b. died. c. gotten married. d. gone to sleep.

26. What is the setting of “Streets”? a. a country road b. a city c. an apartment building d. a bedroom

27. In “Streets,” which of the following images is used to describe a person’s death? a. “One more window dark” b. “There grows a whole company of us” c. “Overhead loud grackles are claiming their trees” d. “Each thing in its time”

28. Why does the speaker in “Traveling Through the Dark” say it is best to roll dead deer into the canyon? a. To keep people from feeling sad when they see the dead animal. b. To keep other animals from investigating the deer’s body. c. To discourage other drivers from stopping to talk to the speaker. d. To prevent other cars from swerving to miss hitting the deer, which could cause a car wreck.

29. How does the deer, the central image in “Traveling Through the Dark,” change from the beginning of the poem to the middle of the poem? a. It goes from being just a dead deer to being a dead deer with a live fawn. b. It goes from being alive to being dead. c. First it is a deer, then the speaker thinks it is a cow. d. The speaker thinks it is dead but it is alive.

30. The narrator in “One Day, Broken in Two,” compares America to a. a toy truck b. a sandwich c. a tea cup d. a bowl

31. In “Traveling Through the Dark,” as the speaker thinks about what to do with the deer, his thoughts are “swerving,” which means a. he is thinking about driving on curving roads. b. he thinks straight through his problem without wavering. c. his thoughts shift back and forth from one idea to another. d. he barely gives the deer any thought at all.

32. The girls in “The Secret” find the secret of life in a line of poetry but the poet who wrote the line does not know the secret, which suggests that a. the girls are smarter than the poet. b. poems mean different things to different people. c. the poet did not really write the poem. d. poetry has no real meaning.

33. In “The Secret,” the speaker’s flash of understanding is that a. some people think there is a secret of life. b. some people love to read poetry. c. she actually loves her own poetry. d. she meets people who read her poems.

34. What rhetorical question does the narrator ask in “One Day, Broken in Two?” a. What happened? b. Where did it happen? c. Who are we now? d. Who did it?

35. In “Urban Renewal,” why does Ramsay get upset at the sanitation workers? a. He thinks they have taken too long to clean up the walkway. b. He thinks they should be working at Ground Zero, not in Brooklyn. c. He thinks they are cleaning up the tributes to those killed in the 9/11 attacks. d. He thinks they are doing a poor job of cleaning up since there are many objects still on the walkway.

36. Why does Ramsay like the tributes that he sees on the walkway? a. They are valuable works of art. b. They show that people are ready to go to war. c. They distract people from the horror of the 9/11 attacks. d. They help him and others to grieve and to remember what happened.

37. Why is Ramsay’s story valuable? a. It is an example of great literature and should be preserved as such. b. It persuades people not to take down tributes to victims of a tragedy. c. It is a first-person historical record of important events as they happened. d. It requires the listener or reader to have background knowledge about the event.

38. What background knowledge does a listener or reader need to have in order to understand and appreciate Ramsay’s story? a. the full schedules of Brooklyn’s sanitation workers b. that Ramsay won a story slam contest with this story c. the names of the people pictured in the walkway tributes d. that almost 3,000 people died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center

39. In “Playing for the Fighting Sixty-Ninth,” why does Harvey consider his hours playing at the armory to be the most meaningful time he has ever had as a musician? a. because he was able to use his music to help people feel better during a terrible tragedy b. because he played the most technically perfect music he has ever played before in his life c. because he played for more hours straight and more difficult pieces than he has ever played before d. because he realizes that he no longer wants to be a professional musician and would rather join the National Guard instead

40. What form of primary source is William Harvey’s account “Playing for the Fighting Sixty-Ninth”? a. an email b. a transcript c. an oral history d. a journal entry

41. Who was the original intended audience for Harvey’s story about his time with the Fighting Sixty-Ninth? a. his family b. the Colonel of the 69th c. his instructors at Juilliard d. a major New York newspaper

42. How does Tan’s mother’s presence in an audience affect Tan’s awareness of her speech? a. She realizes that she never uses formal, standardized English with her mother. b. She realizes that her mother cannot understand her because her mother speaks only Chinese. c. She slips into “broken English” out of habit because her mother is there. d. She can no longer concentrate on her speech and gives up, apologizing to her audience.

43. How do you know that Tan’s mother understands English better than her spoken English seems to indicate? a. Tan’s transcribed “family talk” shows that her mother is faking her broken English. b. Tan’s mother taught her how to write. c. Tan’s mother can answer word analogies and sentence completion questions. d. Tan’s mother reads business magazines and novels with ease.

44. In “Mother Tongue,” why does Tan’s mother have Tan speak on the phone for her? a. because Tan’s mother is embarrassed about her broken English b. because Tan’s mother gets too angry to speak c. because Tan’s mother can speak only Chinese, so she must rely on Tan’s English to communicate d. because Tan speaks perfect English and gets better results than her mother, who speaks broken English

45. In “Mother Tongue,” Tan posing as her mother on the telephone reveals that Tan a. is dishonest. b. is controlling. c. feels empathy for her mother. d. feels embarrassed by her mother.

46. Why did Tan become a writer, even though her math skills were better than her English skills in school? a. Her mother did not want her to become an engineer. b. Her skill with word analogies convinced her that writing was her calling. c. She has a rebellious nature and enjoys disproving people’s assumptions about her. d. She wanted to show her mother that learning English well leads to success in America.

47. Why does Dove choose to reflect upon how books look, feel, and smell to her? a. because books inspired her love of reading, writing, and stories b. because she realizes that books are becoming less and less important today c. because she never has time to read anymore now that she is a writer d. because she finds the appearance and smell of old books to be unappealing

48. What does Dove’s family’s library in their solarium imply about her family? a. They think having a large collection of books makes them look intelligent and wealthy. b. They feel sorry for their daughter and want her to read a lot because she has no friends. c. They value reading and learning enough to maintain a growing personal library. d. They do not take good care of their belongings and leave their books to get dusty and old.

49. By describing her love of the story in which an outcast boy becomes a hero, what point is Dove making in “For the Love of Books”? a. Books allow readers to identify with others. b. Even science fiction can stir strong emotions. c. We should be considerate of one another’s feelings. d. Writers find inspiration in unlikely places.

50. Which of the following would be a main topic in an outline of Dove’s essay “For the Love of Books”? a. favorite books and stories b. analog science fiction magazine c. leather bindings d. grade school spelling lists

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