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Success is counted sweetest
By those who ne'er succeed.
To comprehend a nectar
Requires sorest need. Not one of all the purple host
Who took the flag to-day
Can tell the definition,
So clear, of victory! As he, defeated, dying,
On whose forbidden ear
The distant strains of triumph
Burst agonized and clear!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The alliteration of the first stanza serves to

    • A.

      Soothe the reader

    • B.

      Highlight the envious tone

    • C.

      Complement the assonance in the first stanza

    • D.

      Contrast the consonance in the second stanza

    • E.

      Emphasize the appeal of success by creating an appealing sound

    Correct Answer
    E. Emphasize the appeal of success by creating an appealing sound
    Explanation
    The alliteration in the first stanza creates a pleasing and appealing sound, which helps to emphasize the appeal of success. Alliteration is the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words, and in this case, it adds a musical quality to the stanza. By using alliteration, the poet draws attention to the positive aspects of success and makes it more attractive to the reader. Additionally, the use of alliteration in the first stanza contrasts with the consonance in the second stanza, further highlighting the appeal of success.

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  • 2. 

    The rhythm and beat of the poem as a whole can best be described as consisting of

    • A.

      Three to four feet of iambs

    • B.

      Iambic pentameter

    • C.

      Iambic trimeter

    • D.

      Three to four feet of trochees

    • E.

      Trochaic tetrameter

    Correct Answer
    A. Three to four feet of iambs
    Explanation
    The rhythm and beat of the poem can be described as consisting of three to four feet of iambs. In an iambic meter, each foot consists of two syllables, with the first syllable being unstressed and the second syllable being stressed. The mention of "three to four feet" suggests that the poem may have a variable meter, with some lines having three iambs and others having four iambs. This variation in the number of feet adds variety and interest to the poem's rhythm.

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  • 3. 

    Life 5 is an example of what type of measured beat

    • A.

      Iambic tetrameter

    • B.

      Iambic trimeter

    • C.

      Trochaic tetrameter

    • D.

      Iambic pentameter

    • E.

      Trochaic trimeter

    Correct Answer
    A. Iambic tetrameter
    Explanation
    Iambic tetrameter is a type of measured beat in poetry where each line consists of four iambs, with an iamb being a metrical foot consisting of one unstressed syllable followed by one stressed syllable. In iambic tetrameter, there are eight syllables in each line, with the stress falling on every second syllable. "Life 5" is an example of iambic tetrameter because it has four iambs and eight syllables.

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  • 4. 

    The poem's language can be described as consisting of all the following except

    • A.

      Aphorism

    • B.

      Homilies

    • C.

      Epigrams

    • D.

      Axioms

    • E.

      Chiasmus

    Correct Answer
    B. Homilies
    Explanation
    The poem's language can be described as consisting of all the following except homilies. Homilies are religious or moralistic sermons or speeches, typically delivered by a clergy member. However, the other options - aphorism, epigrams, axioms, and chiasmus - are all literary devices or rhetorical figures commonly found in poetry. Aphorisms are concise statements that express a general truth or observation, epigrams are witty or satirical statements, axioms are self-evident truths, and chiasmus is a rhetorical device where words or phrases are repeated in reverse order for emphasis.

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  • 5. 

    The poem's rhyme scheme is

    • A.

      Abcbdefeghih

    • B.

      Abab abab abab

    • C.

      Abcb abcb abcb

    • D.

      Abcdefghijkl

    • E.

      Aabb ccdd eeff

    Correct Answer
    A. Abcbdefeghih
    Explanation
    The correct answer is abcbdefeghih. The rhyme scheme of a poem refers to the pattern of rhymes at the end of each line. In this case, the poem follows a consistent pattern where the first and third lines rhyme with each other (a), the second and fourth lines rhyme with each other (b), and so on. The rhyme scheme is maintained throughout the entire poem, with each set of four lines following the abcb pattern.

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  • 6. 

    The word "comprehend" in line 3 most likely means

    • A.

      To eat

    • B.

      To figure out

    • C.

      To determine

    • D.

      To analyze

    • E.

      To truly know

    Correct Answer
    E. To truly know
    Explanation
    The word "comprehend" in line 3 most likely means to truly know. This is because "comprehend" refers to understanding something fully and deeply, not just superficially. It implies gaining a complete understanding or knowledge about a subject or concept. The other options, such as "to eat," "to figure out," "to determine," and "to analyze," do not accurately capture the meaning of "comprehend" in this context.

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  • 7. 

    The words "day" and "victory" provide examples of 

    • A.

      Feminine rhyme

    • B.

      Slant rhyme

    • C.

      Double entendre

    • D.

      Oxymoron

    • E.

      Antithesis

    Correct Answer
    B. Slant rhyme
    Explanation
    The words "day" and "victory" provide an example of slant rhyme. Slant rhyme, also known as half rhyme or near rhyme, is a type of rhyme in which the sounds of the words are similar but not identical. In this case, the ending sounds of "day" and "victory" are similar, with both words ending in the "-ee" sound, but they are not an exact rhyme. Slant rhymes are often used to create a subtle or imperfect rhyme scheme in poetry.

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  • 8. 

    The structure of hte poem consists of

    • A.

      A hypothesis, reason, and a solution

    • B.

      A proposition and evidence

    • C.

      One axiomatic sentence and two sentences with images demonstrating the axiom

    • D.

      A theory and examples

    • E.

      A question answered by hypothetical situations

    Correct Answer
    C. One axiomatic sentence and two sentences with images demonstrating the axiom
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "one axiomatic sentence and two sentences with images demonstrating the axiom." This is because the structure of the poem is described as having one sentence that presents an axiom or a self-evident truth, followed by two sentences that provide visual illustrations or examples to support the axiom.

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  • 9. 

    The overall tone of hte poem is

    • A.

      Pedantic

    • B.

      Didactic

    • C.

      Moralistic

    • D.

      Adagelike

    • E.

      Envious

    Correct Answer
    D. Adagelike
    Explanation
    The poem is described as "adagelike" because it has a slow and leisurely pace, similar to the tempo of an adagio musical piece. This suggests that the poem is reflective and contemplative, allowing the reader to savor each line and immerse themselves in the emotions and imagery conveyed. The use of an adagelike tone creates a sense of tranquility and calmness, enhancing the overall mood of the poem.

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  • 10. 

    The poem can be summarized by which of the following sentences

    • A.

      Only those who have achieved success understand its sweetness.

    • B.

      Success is best won through hard work.

    • C.

      Only those who have not achieved success understand its sweetness.

    • D.

      Success comes only to those who risk and persevere.

    • E.

      The victor is always better off

    Correct Answer
    C. Only those who have not achieved success understand its sweetness.
  • 11. 

    Success is counted sweetest  By those who ne'er succeed.  To comprehend a nectar  Requires sorest need. Not one of all the purple host  Who took the flag to-day  Can tell the definition,  So clear, of victory! As he, defeated, dying, On whose forbidden ear The distant strains of triumph Burst agonized and clear!  

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