Period 5 "When I Have Fears" Quiz

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First published in 1984, 'When I have Fears' is a love poem by John Keats. It has become one of the most celebrated love poems of all times. The quiz below will help gauge how much you understood from it.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    All of these Romantic characteristics are present in the poem EXCEPT:

    • A.

      Feelings

    • B.

      Individualism

    • C.

      Supernatural

    • D.

      Nature

    • E.

      Imagination

    Correct Answer
    B. Individualism
    Explanation
    Although the speaker feels alone, he never mentions how his feelings are different from other people's.

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  • 2. 

    What is the overall meaning of the poem?

    • A.

      Love will be the death of him (the speaker)

    • B.

      The speaker is afraid of the ocean (like Kaelynn)

    • C.

      Grain is king

    • D.

      The speaker is afraid to die because he won’t be able to experience love and fame

    • E.

      The speaker is afraid of his own shadow

    Correct Answer
    D. The speaker is afraid to die because he won’t be able to experience love and fame
    Explanation
    The correct answer suggests that the overall meaning of the poem is that the speaker is afraid to die because he won't be able to experience love and fame. This implies that the speaker values these aspects of life and is fearful of missing out on them in death.

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  • 3. 

    What is meant by the line “think that I may never live to trace their shadows with the magic hand of chance?”

    • A.

      The speaker doesn’t know how to live his life

    • B.

      Everyone’s life is a game of chance

    • C.

      The speaker will not be able to live the life he wants before he dies

    • D.

      Magic controls everyone’s life, not just Harry Potter’s

    • E.

      The speaker won’t be a part of others’ lives once he dies

    Correct Answer
    C. The speaker will not be able to live the life he wants before he dies
    Explanation
    The line "think that I may never live to trace their shadows with the magic hand of chance" suggests that the speaker is expressing a sense of uncertainty and fear that they may not have the opportunity to fulfill their desires and dreams before they die. The phrase "the magic hand of chance" implies that the speaker believes their life and opportunities are governed by unpredictable and uncontrollable forces.

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  • 4. 

    Which one of these occurrences may have influenced this poem?

    • A.

      Keats’ fear of an early death because both of his parents lived short. 

    • B.

      Keats’ dog died

    • C.

      Keats’ died and came back to life

    • D.

      Keats’ being a giant crybaby

    • E.

      Keats’ being a Nazi zombie

    Correct Answer
    A. Keats’ fear of an early death because both of his parents lived short. 
    Explanation
    "When I Have Fears" represents a deeply personal expression of an emotion that became ingrained in Keats' life as early as 1816—the fear of a premature death. The unsettling presence of this fear might be attributed to the brief lifespans of both his parents.

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  • 5. 

    What meter is this poem written in?

    • A.

      Iambic tetrameter

    • B.

      Trochaic pentameter

    • C.

      Iambic pentameter

    • D.

      Trochaic tetrameter

    • E.

      Iambic decameter

    Correct Answer
    C. Iambic pentameter
    Explanation
    This poem is written in iambic pentameter, which means it has lines with five pairs of unstressed and stressed syllables. This poetic meter is commonly used in English poetry and is associated with the works of William Shakespeare. The use of iambic pentameter creates a rhythmic and musical quality to the poem, allowing for a smooth and natural flow of words.

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