Iambic Pentameter Practice

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Iambic Pentameter Practice - Quiz


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Is this line written in iambic pentameter?  For soon enough the woods, the hawk, and he

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    Yes -- for SOON | eNOUGH | the WOODS, | the HAWK, | and HE

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  • 2. 

    Is this line written in iambic pentameter?  One must have a mind of winter

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    B. No
    Explanation
    No -- ONE must | HAVE a | MIND of | WINter

    This line has four feet, and uses a DUM-da stress pattern instead of the iambic da-DUM.

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  • 3. 

    Is this line written in iambic pentameter?   who always has advice in these matters

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    B. No
    Explanation
    No -- who AL | ways HAS | adVICE | in these | MATters

    This line has five feet (ten syllables), but does not use the iambic stress pattern.

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  • 4. 

    Is this line written in iambic pentameter?  Go and catch a falling star

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    B. No
    Explanation
    No -- GO and | CATCH a | FALLing | STAR

    This line has only seven syllables, not ten, and does not use the iambic stress pattern.

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  • 5. 

    Is this line written in iambic pentameter?  But if they answered him, we haven't heard

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    Yes -- but IF | they AN | swered HIM | we HAVE | n't HEARD

    Five feet (ten syllables), following the iambic stress pattern.

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  • 6. 

    Is this line written in iambic pentameter?  I only know that summer sang in me

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    Yes -- i ON | ly KNOW | that SUM | mer SANG | in ME

    This has ten syllables (five feet) in the iambic da-DUM stress pattern.

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  • 7. 

    Is this line in iambic pentameter?  I have outwalked the furthest city light

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    Yes -- i HAVE | outWALKED | the FURTH | est CI | ty LIGHT

    Ten syllables (five feet) in the iambic da-DUM stress pattern.

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  • 8. 

    Is this line in iambic pentameter?  I know that I shall meet my fate

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    B. No
    Explanation
    No -- i KNOW | that I | shall MEET | my FATE

    This is a tricky one. It's in the iambic stress pattern -- da-DUM, da-DUM, da-DUM, da-DUM. But there are only eight syllables -- four feet -- instead of five. So it's called iambic tetrameter (four feet), not pentameter.

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  • 9. 

    Is this line in iambic pentameter?  Over the city the moon rides in mist

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    B. No
    Explanation
    No -- OV-er the CI-ty the MOON rides in MIST

    This has ten syllables, but it's in a different stress pattern: DUM da da DUM da da DUM da da DUM.

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  • 10. 

    Is this line in iambic pentameter?  and time has thrown us free under the timeless moon

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    B. No
    Explanation
    No -- and TIME | has THROWN | us FREE | UNder | the TIME | less MOON

    The stress pattern is close to iambic (with the exception of the word under). But the line has twelve syllables, or six feet, so it's not iambic.

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