Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman
Honors English 10-- Chapter test
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In "I Heard a Fly Buzz--When I died," why is there a stillness in the room?
the people in the room are waiting for the speaker's final moment
In this stanza from "I Heard a Fly Buzz--When I died," which words create slant rhyme?
- air and storm
-room and storm
-died and room
-died and air
room and storm
Which of the following images is the central image in "Because I could not stop for Death--"?
a carriage ride
In "Because I could not stop for Death--," death is personified as
a polite gentleman
In "My life closed twice before its close--," the three closings mentioned in the title refer to
the parting of two loved ones following by the speaker's death
Which statements best express the main message of "My life closed twice before its close"?
parting may be the closest we come to understanding death
In "The Soul selects her own Society--," the soul is compared to
a woman who stays in her house no matter who comes to visit her
What is the chief effect of the slant rhyme in this final stanza from "The Soul selects her own Society--?
I've known her-from an ample nation--
Then-close the Valves of her attention--
It creates a disharmony that echoes the unsociable actions of the soul
Which of these sentences best summarizes "There's a certain Slant of Light"?
a winter day reminds the speaker of her mortality
To which sentences do the images in the stanza appeal?
There's a certain Slant of light,
That oppresses, like the Heft
Of Cathedral Tunes--
sight, sound, and touch
Which statement best paraphrases the central comparison in "There is a solitude of space"?
compared to the solitude of a soul admitted to itself, the solitude of space, sea, and death are like society
"The Brain--is wider than the sky--" compares the physical size of the brain to that of the sky and the sea. What point is Dickinson making when she uses these images?
The brain is infinitely large in understanding
In these lines from "Water is taught by thirst," which words provide slant rhyme?
Water, is taught by thirst.
Land-by the Oceans passed.
Peace-by its battles told--
Love, by Memorial Mold--
Birds, by the Snow.
thirst and passed
In "Water, is taught by thirst," the final image of the birds being taught by the snow most likely refers to
birds suffering when it snows because it is hard for them to find food
Which of the following poems focuses most strongly on a lesson that can be learned from nature?
"There's a certain Slant of light"
Which word below is the best replacement for SURMISED in the lines "I first surmmised the Horses Heads/ Were toward Eternity--"
Where would you most likely find a cornice?
on a building
In the final line of "there is a solitude of space," why is Dickinson's use of the phrase "finite infinity" unusual?
It is contradictory, since infinity is by definition not a finite thing
In "I heard a Fly buzz--when I died--" the words "stumbling buzz" are an example of
In "The Soul selects her own Society--" DIckinson's use of slant rhyme
emphasizes certain words and ideas
When Whitman states, in the preface to the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass, the "The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem." he supports his opinion by citing
the vitality and diversity of Americans
Structurally speaking, what makes "Song of Myself" a typical Whitman poem?
its use of the natural cadences of human speech
In "Song of Myself" when the speaker says "I, now thirty[seven years old in perfect health begin,/ Hoping to cease not till death," what do you think he is beginning?
The phrase "barbaric yawp" in "Song of Myself" is an example of Whitman's
Which of the following elements prevents "Song of Myself" from becoming an exercise in ego and selfishness?
the poem's linking of the individual self to a universal self
Based on the details in "Song of Myself" and "I Hear America Singing," what can you infer about Whitman's attitude toward other people?
he feels affectionate toward other people
"The singing" the speaker hears in "I Hear America Singing" is
the individuality of Americans in different walks of life
In "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer," the speaker moves from
the world of intellect to the world of wonder
The central comparison in "A Noiseless Patient Spider"
the spider and the speaker's soul
Free verse is especially suited to "A Noiseless Patient Spider" because it reflects
the spider's activity of launching forth filament
From the detials in "A Noiseless Patient Spider" you can infer that Whitman admires the spider for its ability to
use its body to explore its surroundings
What situation in "By the Bicouac's Fitful Flame" prompts the thoughts of life, death, and people far away?
being in the midst of war
Which of the following was NOT a prime reason why Whitman chose to write in free verse?
to imitate earlier poets he admired
What does the speaker in "Song of Myself" mean when he says that he holds "creeds and schools in abeyance"?
he has temporarily let go of philosophies he learned in schools
Who seems to be stealthily watching the speaker in these lines from "By the Bivouac's Fitful Flame"?
Like a phantom far or near an occasional figure moving, The shrubs and trees, (as I lift my eyes they seem to be stealthily watching me,) While wind in procession thoughts, O tender and wondrous thoughts....
the shrubs and trees
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