Honors British Literature II
Identify the letter of the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question.
Vocabulary and Grammar
In “To An Athlete Dying Young,” Housman refers to “the rout / of lads that wore their honors out.” A rout is a a.|failed plan.|c.|traveled path.|
b.|loud clamor.|d.|disorderly mob.|
Which phrase is the closest in meaning to sinews?
a.|ropes and pulleys|c.|muscular power|
b.|mechanical power|d.|chemical power|
Ague, a fever accompanied by chills and sweating, was one of the early symptoms of the plague. When Pepys writes that he has “apprehensions of an ague,” he means that a.|he feels angry because he may get sick with the plague.|
b.|he thinks that he is already sick with the plague.|
c.|he feels hopeful that he will not get sick with the plague.| d.|he is afraid that he will get sick, infect his family, and die.|
Things that are waning are ____.
Which word best characterizes a situation in which a woman claims a neighbor’s dog destroyed her garden and sues the neighbor? a.|profanation|c.|contention|
Which italicized phrase is not an example of a present participial phrase? a.|“Frenchmen . . . losing sight of all / Which they had struggled for . . .”| b.|“When most intent on making of herself / A prime enchantress . . .”| c.|“till, demanding formal proof, / . . . I lost / All feeling of conviction . . .”| d.|“These waters, rolling from their mountain springs . . .”|
Which of the following words means the opposite of wan? a.|exhausted|c.|shy|
Which words referring to compass points should be capitalized? a.|all|c.|those referring to a direction of travel|
b.|those referring to specific regions|d.|those referring to longitudes only|
Which phrase is most nearly the same in meaning as presumption? a.|the desire to be first|
b.|a guessing at something without having the facts|
c.|a sometimes egotistical assuming of things|
d.|the taking of power or high office|
Which of the following is not an example of inverted word order? a.|“The nymph exulting fills with shouts the sky. . . .”| b.|“Of broken troops an easy conquest find.”|
c.|“On one nice trick depends the general fate.”|
d.|“At this, the blood the virgin’s cheek forsook. . . .”|
Which italicized phrase is an example of a present participial phrase? a.|“As if they had within some lurking right / To wield it . . .”| b.|“betrayed / By present objects, and by reasonings false . . .”| c.|“more like a man / Flying from something that he dreads . . .”| d.|“little lines / Of sportive wood run wild . . .”|
Poets ____ the Brownings were as well-known in their time ____ today’s entertainers. a.|like; like|c.|like; as|
b.|as; as|d.|as; like|
Which is the best meaning of the word dispensation as it is used in the line from “Journey of the Magi”? We returned to our places, these Kingdoms, / But no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation, / With an alien people clutching their gods.
Which of the italicized words is the superlative form of an irregular adjective? a.|John had better luck than Andrew in his relationship.|
b.|Of the three men, Andujar had the worst difficulties in his relationships.| c.|Claire had a greater fear of making a commitment than Helene did.| d.|Julie was taller than the other three women.|
In “On First Looking Into Chapman’s Homer,” what does Keats mean by “the realms of gold”? a.|tropical oceans|c.|literary classics|
b.|foreign countries|d.|ancient civilizations|
Which of the following excerpts from “Meditation 17” expresses the major theme of the poem? a.|“Tribulation is treasure...
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