Quiz On The Areopagitica

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  • 1. 
    In the first sentence of the passage, the speaker compares good and evil to
    • A. 

      Children

    • B. 

      Light and darkness

    • C. 

      Plants

    • D. 

      This world and the next

    • E. 

      Fibers

  • 2. 
    In lines 12-13, "of knowing good and evil, that is to say, of knowing good by evil" is suggesting that
    • A. 

      We cannot distinguish between good and evil

    • B. 

      We can understand good by avoiding evil

    • C. 

      Good and evil are simultaneously alike and opposites

    • D. 

      We can know evil only by knowing good

    • E. 

      We can know good only by knowing evil

  • 3. 
    The first sentence of the second paragraph (lines 14-16) is an example of
    • A. 

      An indirect question

    • B. 

      An analogy

    • C. 

      Personification

    • D. 

      Syllogism

    • E. 

      A rhetorical question

  • 4. 
    In lines 22-23, "adversary" refers to
    • A. 

      Monasticism

    • B. 

      Vice

    • C. 

      Hypocrisy

    • D. 

      Virtue

    • E. 

      Trial

  • 5. 
    In lines 20-24, all of the following words contribute to the same metaphor EXCEPT
    • A. 

      "cloistered" (line 21)

    • B. 

      "race" (line 23)

    • C. 

      "garland" (line 24)

    • D. 

      "run for" (line 24)

    • E. 

      "dust" (line 24)

  • 6. 
    The "garland" of line 24 may be best understood to mean
    • A. 

      An elective office

    • B. 

      The prize of immortality

    • C. 

      A circlet of laurel

    • D. 

      A collection of poems

    • E. 

      A fantastic ornament

  • 7. 
    The argument of lines 25-27 ("Assuredly we . . . is contrary.") is that
    • A. 

      No human is ever completely free of guilt

    • B. 

      No human is wholly unfamiliar with vice and its temptations

    • C. 

      The experience of life is like a trial in a court of law

    • D. 

      It is experience, not innocence, which purifies humans

    • E. 

      A child is innocent until he or she has experienced evil

  • 8. 
    In line 27, the phrase "trial is by what is contrary" can best be paraphrased as
    • A. 

      By refusing to fight, we may achieve victory

    • B. 

      A true verdict can be reached only after the careful study of evidence on both sides

    • C. 

      Before we can win a victory, we must first be defeated

    • D. 

      Humans are tested by their experience of conflict

    • E. 

      What a court determines may well be wrong

  • 9. 
    The implication of the comment on Spenser in lines 32-34 is that
    • A. 

      Philosophers are unqualified to teach morality

    • B. 

      Literature may teach better than philosophy

    • C. 

      Comedy may be as effective a teacher as serious writing

    • D. 

      The first function of literature is to teach temperance

    • E. 

      Literature cannot take the place of revealed religion

  • 10. 
    The passage refers to the "bower of earthly bliss" (line 37) as an example of
    • A. 

      An evil recognized and resisted

    • B. 

      The heavenly rewards of the temperate

    • C. 

      The sensual pleasure of literature

    • D. 

      A state of pure innocence

    • E. 

      The Garden of Eden before Adam

  • 11. 
    The central argument of this passage is that
    • A. 

      True virtue must avoid evil

    • B. 

      Good and evil are interdependent

    • C. 

      We must understand evil to be able to resist it

    • D. 

      If we can avoid occasions of sin, we can overcome temptations

    • E. 

      All men and women are equally susceptible to good and evil

  • 12. 
    The style of the passage is characterized by the use of all of the following except
    • A. 

      Colloquial diction

    • B. 

      Literary allusion

    • C. 

      First-person pronouns

    • D. 

      Metaphor and simile

    • E. 

      Balanced compound sentences

  • 13. 
    In developing its thesis, the passage relies on all of the following EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Ethical argument

    • B. 

      Personal anecdote

    • C. 

      Extended definition

    • D. 

      Abstract generalization

    • E. 

      Reference to authority

  • 14. 
    Which of the following best describes the speaker of the passage?
    • A. 

      An impartial observer

    • B. 

      A cautious advisor

    • C. 

      A skeptical commentator

    • D. 

      A wry reporter

    • E. 

      A dedicated partisan

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