Literary Analysis: Poetry

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This is an enrichment activity. If you are up for a challenge, try it! The questions focus on tone, mood, figurative language and other literary devices. You do NOT have to complete this activity to get credit for your remediation session. Take it for additional practice and points!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Refer to Shakespeare's "Sonnet 130" to answer the questions in this enrichment activity.
  • 2. 
    Shakespeare’s sonnet 130 is a (an)
    • A. 

      A. cruel attack on the speaker’s mistress

    • B. 

      B. belittling of a loved one for the amusement of friends

    • C. 

      C. playful expression of faults to irritate the lady

    • D. 

      D. comment on the ordinary beauty of the speaker’s mistress

  • 3. 
     The last two lines of the sonnet
    • A. 

      A. express the true feeling of the speaker

    • B. 

      B. seem out of place in the poem

    • C. 

      C. express a love for someone whose beauty is of the spirit

    • D. 

      D. reveal the speaker as a liar

  • 4. 
    The main purpose of the first 12 lines of the sonnet it to
    • A. 

      A. describe the way the speaker’s love truly looks

    • B. 

      B. give an angry description of the speaker’s love

    • C. 

      C. poke fun at traditional love sonnets

    • D. 

      D. play on metaphors

  • 5. 
    Seemingly, all of the following are criticisms of the mistress EXCEPT
    • A. 

      A. Coral is more red than her lips.

    • B. 

      B. I love to hear her speak.

    • C. 

      C. There are no roses on her cheeks.

    • D. 

      D. Music has a more pleasing sound than her voice.

  • 6. 
    By “false compare” the speaker states that
    • A. 

      A. the traditional praise of mistresses by poets are romantic lies

    • B. 

      B. to win love, one must compare the charms of mistresses with the beauties in nature

    • C. 

      C. love poetry must abound in hyperbole or exaggeration

    • D. 

      D. the women whom men love must be worshipped as goddesses

  • 7. 
    The true intent of the speaker in the sonnet is revealed most by
    • A. 

      A. the outrageousness of his metaphors

    • B. 

      B. the rare words of praise that creep into his statement

    • C. 

      C. his sense of fun

    • D. 

      D. the contrast between the first twelve lines and the last two

  • 8. 
    All of the following are metaphorical comparisons EXCEPT
    • A. 

      A. My mistresses’ eyes are nothing like the sun.

    • B. 

      B. If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.

    • C. 

      C. No roses are her cheeks.

    • D. 

      D. The lady I love is rare.

  • 9. 
    The tone of the sonnet is
    • A. 

      A. happy

    • B. 

      B. sad

    • C. 

      C. satirical

    • D. 

      D. pessimistic

  • 10. 
    The word “false” in line 14 refers to
    • A. 

      A. a lying woman

    • B. 

      B. the lying speaker of the poem

    • C. 

      C. the ideal woman who does not really exist

    • D. 

      D. his mistress

  • 11. 
    The speaker’s mistress, based on his own description, can best be described as
    • A. 

      A. beautiful

    • B. 

      B. ugly

    • C. 

      C. ordinary

    • D. 

      D. intellectual