American Literature II

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American Literature Quizzes & Trivia

The second sample exam for practice in American Literature.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The souse upon me of my lover the sea, as I lie and naked, The merriment of the twin babes that crawl over the grass in the sun, the mother never turning her vigilant eyes from them.   Write the author's name in full, correctly spelled:
  • 2. 
    We paused before a House that seemed A Swelling of the Ground The Roof was scarcely visible The Cornice – in the Ground.   Write the author's name in full, correctly spelled:
  • 3. 
    This is what I want you to do. I want you to hide your disgust, take no heed to you clean clothes, and come right down with me, - here, into the thickest of the fog and mud and foul effluvia. I want you to hear this story. There is a secret down here, in this nightmare fog, that has lain dumb for centuries: I want to make it a real thing to you. Write the author's name in full, correctly spelled:
  • 4. 
    Notwithstanding his special acuteness and ability, he is unable to take a fact out of its merely political relations, and behold it as it lies absolutely to be disposed of by the intellect, - what, for instance, it behoves a man do here in America to-day with regard to slavery, but ventures, or is driven, to make some such desperate answer as the following, while professing to speak absolutely, and as a private man, - from which that new and singular code of consideration, under their responsibility to their constituents, to the general laws of propriety, humanity, and to God… What does acuteness mean?
  • 5. 
    But may I remark, that, if the lineal descendants of Ham are only to be enslaved, according to the scriptures, slavery in the country will soon become an unscriptural institution; for thousands are ushered into the world annually, who – like myself – owe their existence to white fathers, and, most frequently, to their masters, and their master’s sons. Write the author's name in full, correctly spelled:
  • 6. 
    It was market-day. The narrow window of the jail looked down directly on the carts and the wagons drawn up in a long line, where they had unloaded. He could see, too, and hear distinctly the clink of money as it changed hands, the busy crowds of whites and blacks shoving, pushing one another, and the chaffering and swearing at the stalls. Somehow, the sound, more than anything else had done, wakened him up, - made the whole real to him. He was done with the world and the business of it.   Write the title of this work, correctly spelled:
  • 7. 
    Name a writer who worked as a war nurse:
  • 8. 
    Here the fugitive saw nothing but slaves brought in and taken out, to be placed in ships and sent away to the same part of the country to which she herself would soon be compelled to go. She had seen or heard nothing of her daughter while in Richmond, and all hopes of seeing her now had fled. If she was carried back to New Orleans, she could expect no mercy from her master. Write the title of this work, correctly spelled:
  • 9. 
    The eyes glaze once – and that is Death – Impossible to feign The Beads upon the Forehead By homely Anguish strung.. What does feign mean?
  • 10. 
    …it conveyed to my mind in a sense of my entire dependence on the will of somebody I had never seen; and, from some cause or other, I had been made to fear this somebody above all else on earth. Write the title of this work, correctly spelled:
  • 11. 
    We paused before a House that seemed A Swelling of the Ground – The Roof was scarcely visible – The Cornice – in the Ground – What is Cornice?
    • A. 

      Cracks in the ground

    • B. 

      Decorative molding beneath a roof

    • C. 

      Dust

    • D. 

      Stolen goods

  • 12. 
    The catalyst for Wolfe’s downfall is...
  • 13. 
    The name of this singularly unpromising and truly famine stricken district in Tuckahoe, a name well known to all Marylanders, black and white. It was given to this section of the country probably, at the first, merely in derision; or it may possibly have been applied to it, as I have heard, because some one of its earlier inhabitants has been guilty of the petty meanness of stealing a hoe – or taking a hoe – that did not belong to him. What is the meaning of derision?
  • 14. 
    Not one of all the purple Host Who took the Flag to-day Can tell the definition, So clear, of victory..   Write the author's name in full, correctly spelled:
  • 15. 
    Seeing escape impossible in that quarter, she stopped suddenly, and turned upon her pursuers. On came the profane and ribald crew, faster than ever, already exulting in her capture, and threatening punishment for her flight. For a moment she looked wildly and anxiously around to see if there was no hope of escape..   Write the title of this work, correctly spelled:
  • 16. 
    In Talbot county, Eastern Shore, Maryland, near Easton, the county town of that country, there is a small district of country, thily populated, and remarkable for nothing that I know of more than for the worn-out, sandy, deserts-like appearance of its soil, the general dilapidation of its farms and fences, the indigent and spiritless character of its inhabitants, and the prevalence of ague and fever. What does dilapidation mean?
    • A. 

      Hunger or famine

    • B. 

      Decrease

    • C. 

      Derivation

    • D. 

      Neglect or decray

  • 17. 
    In other words, when a sixth of the population of a nation which has undertaken to be the refuge of liberty are slaves, and a whole country is unjustly overrun and conquered by a foreign army, and subjected to military law, I think it is not too soon for honest men to rebel and revolutionize. What makes this duty the more urgent is the fact, that the country so overrun is not our own, but ours is the invading army. Write the author's name in full, correctly spelled:
  • 18. 
    When I was let out the next morning, I proceeded to finish my errand, and, having put on my mended shoe, joined a huckleberry party, who were impatient to put themselves under my conduct; and in half an hour, - for the horse was soon tackled, - was in the midst of a huckleberry field, on one of our highest hills, two miles off; and then the State was nowhere to be seen. What is the meaning of tackled in this context?
  • 19. 
    May stopped, heated, glowing with his own magnanimity. And it was magnanimous. The puddler had drunk in every word, looking through the Doctor’s flurry, and generous heat, and self-approval, into his will, with those slow, absorbing eyes of his. “Make yourself what you will. It is your right.” “I know,” quietly. “Will you help me?” Write the title of this work, correctly spelled:
  • 20. 
    A man, yet by these tears a little boy again, Throwing myself on the sand, confronting the waves, I, chanter of pains and joys, uniter of here and hereafter, Taking all hints to use them, but swiftly leaping beyond them, A reminiscence sing. Write the author's name in full, correctly spelled:
  • 21. 
    Which author was a recluse?
  • 22. 
    Have passed I thought a Whip Lash Unbraiding in the Sun When stooping to secure it It wrinkled And was gone -   Write the author's name in full, correctly spelled:
  • 23. 
    He seldom has to listen to lectures on propriety of behavior, or on anything else. He is never chided for handling his little knife and fork improperly or awkwardly, for he uses none. He is never reprimanded for soiling the table-cloth, for he takes his meals on the clay floor. He never has the misfortune, in his games or sports, of soiling or tearing his clothes, for he has almost none to soil or tear.   Write the title of this work, correctly spelled:
  • 24. 
    I like a look of Agony Because I know it’s true - Write the author of this work, correctly spelled:
  • 25. 
    As they could not reach me, they had resolved to punish my body; just as boys, if they cannot come at some person against whom they have a spite, will abuse his dog. I saw that the State was half-witted, that it was timid as a lone woman with her silver spoons, and that it did not know its friends from its foes, and I lost all my remaining respect for it. Write the author's name in full, correctly spelled: