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Upon The Burning Of Our House

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Comprehension quiz on Bradstreet's poem

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  • 1. 
    • A. 

      Losing her faith in God's goodness

    • B. 

      Failing to react quickly in an emergency

    • C. 

      Not taking proper precautions against fire hazards

    • D. 

      Valuing material possessions too much

  • 2. 
    Bradstreet emphasizes both the things she has lost and-
    • A. 

      The people who escaped the fire

    • B. 

      The new home that neighbors are building for her

    • C. 

      Her memories of happy occasions in the house

    • D. 

      The items she has rescued from the flames

  • 3. 
    When Bradstreet writes, "I blest His name that gave and took..." she implies that-
    • A. 

      She is being punished for the sin of vanity

    • B. 

      Material objects are ultimately God's and not her

    • C. 

      She secretly wants all her possessions to vanish

    • D. 

      God will be appeased if she says a prayer to Him

  • 4. 
    When Bradstreet writes, "Thou hast an house on high erect..." she means that
    • A. 

      Whatever is destroyed can soon be rebuilt

    • B. 

      God has prepared an eternal dwelling place for all believers

    • C. 

      She is bitter about those people who still have homes

    • D. 

      One should dwell upon the good things in life

  • 5. 
    Bradstreet's views might be described as spiritual because she-
    • A. 

      Repeatedly refers to God and His will

    • B. 

      Emphasizes that real value cannot be found in earthly things

    • C. 

      Writes movingly of the things she lost

    • D. 

      Clearly explains how a person feels after a disaster

  • 6. 
    What was the "thund'ring noise" that woke Bradstreet?
    • A. 

      A clap of lightning

    • B. 

      The drums of English soldiers

    • C. 

      The burning of her home

    • D. 

      A raging river

  • 7. 
    In this poem, who is the "mighty Architect"?
    • A. 

      Bradstreet's Uncle

    • B. 

      A kindly Puritan

    • C. 

      God

    • D. 

      The man who built Bradstreet's house

  • 8. 
    In the last five lines, what does Bradstreet wish to no longer love?
    • A. 

      Possessions

    • B. 

      Human beings

    • C. 

      Those who set the fire

    • D. 

      Glory

  • 9. 
    Which of the following excerpts is the best example of inversion?
    • A. 

      "My hope and treaseure lies above."

    • B. 

      "And them behold no more shall I."

    • C. 

      "Thou has an house on high erect..."

    • D. 

      "No candle e'er shall shine in thee..."

  • 10. 
    Which of the following word groups is not an example of inversion?
    • A. 

      "In silent night when rest I took..."

    • B. 

      "For sorrow near I did not look..."

    • C. 

      "I wakened was with thund'ring noise..."

    • D. 

      "And piteous shrieks of dreadful voice."

  • 11. 
    Plain style can be distinguished from high style because Plain style-
    • A. 

      Uses specific terminology commonly employed in farming

    • B. 

      Emphasizes uncomplicated sentences and uses words from common speech.

    • C. 

      Was originially employed in the flat, treeless regions of the Great Plains

    • D. 

      Employs a profound spiritual or religious tone

  • 12. 
    In the last part of this poem, Bradstreet uses house as a metaphor for -
    • A. 

      The afterlife

    • B. 

      The things she has lost

    • C. 

      God

    • D. 

      Friends and family