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  • 1. 
    What is a stanza?
    • A. 

      A rhyme pattern at the ends of the lines

    • B. 

      A division in a poem, like a paragraph in an essay

    • C. 

      A short, well-worded truth about life

    • D. 

      A type of a comparson

  • 2. 
    Reread the sixth stanza.  What two things does the speaker say you need to live life fully?
    • A. 

      Heart and God

    • B. 

      Acts and thoughts

    • C. 

      The future and the past

    • D. 

      The living and the dead

  • 3. 
    What is the speaker saying in lines 9-12 of the poem?
    • A. 

      Dreams are harmful.

    • B. 

      Life is about making progress.

    • C. 

      Try to avoid struggle and hardship.

    • D. 

      The most important thing is to be happy.

  • 4. 
    The following questions are about "A Psalm of Life."  According to lines 29-32, the speaker would most likely describe life as 
    • A. 

      An ocean

    • B. 

      A shipwreck

    • C. 

      A dream

    • D. 

      A journey

  • 5. 
    The speaker highlights life's difficulties when he says life is like
    • A. 

      A field of battle

    • B. 

      An empty vision

    • C. 

      Dust in a grave

    • D. 

      Muffled drums

  • 6. 
    What does the speaker say you should do in lines 21-23 of "A Psalm of Life"?
    • A. 

      Always live your life with the future in mind.

    • B. 

      Wonder about what tomorrow will bring you.

    • C. 

      Try to remember the lessons of the past.

    • D. 

      Act in the present instead of the past or future.

  • 7. 
    What is the basic meaning of stanza 8?
    • A. 

      Footprints can tell you a lot about history.

    • B. 

      People who survive shipwrecks learn from others.

    • C. 

      Leave behind acts from which others will learn.

    • D. 

      Life can be dangerous and troublesome.

  • 8. 
    According to the last stanza, what are two things we should be doing with our lives?
    • A. 

      Trusting in our fellow man and trusting in ourselves

    • B. 

      Meeting goals and working toward new ones

    • C. 

      Learning from the past and looking ahead

    • D. 

      Showing love and making peace

  • 9. 
    An aphorism is
    • A. 

      A common expression, like a cliche

    • B. 

      A type of an essay

    • C. 

      A short, wise saying about life

    • D. 

      An analogy between two unrelated things

  • 10. 
    The following questions come from "Self-Reliance." The best translation of lines 1-2 is
    • A. 

      Being jealous of someone else is an indication that you are still immature

    • B. 

      It's better to figure something out for yourself than to take someone's word for it

    • C. 

      No man can become truly educated until he gives up ignorance

    • D. 

      Trying to be like someone else is like destroying your own individuality

  • 11. 
    In the context of line 12, a nonconformist is someone who
    • A. 

      Refuses to follow accepted customs

    • B. 

      Wonders how the world was created

    • C. 

      Feels inadequate in a large crowd

    • D. 

      Tries to find meaning in nature

  • 12. 
    According to line 24, the speaker says the only thing he concerns himself with is
    • A. 

      Being selfish and getting what he wants

    • B. 

      Thinking about the best ways to live life and how to show other people how to do it

    • C. 

      What will be best for the majority of people

    • D. 

      What he thinks he should do, not what others think about him

  • 13. 
    The best translation of line 31 is
    • A. 

      Society prefers people who are individuals

    • B. 

      It's hard to be happy when you are living in the world

    • C. 

      The world is unhappy unless we are nonconformists

    • D. 

      People are often "punished" for being different

  • 14. 
    According to lines 28-30, what is easy to do?
    • A. 

      Be yourself when you're in a crowd

    • B. 

      Be yourself when you are by yourself

    • C. 

      Do what the crowd does when you are by yourself

    • D. 

      See the difference between what society wants and what we want

  • 15. 
    According to the last two paragraphs of the essay, we should not be so concerned with
    • A. 

      Always doing the same thing that we've always done

    • B. 

      Politics, religion or philosophy

    • C. 

      Becoming famous like Pythagoras, Socrates, Jesus and others

    • D. 

      Being right all the time

  • 16. 
    The following questions come from Walden.  What is significant about the date he moved into his cabin?
    • A. 

      It represents the day that he completely severed ties with his past

    • B. 

      A long struggle to win personal respect was beginning

    • C. 

      It was an outward expression of his independence from society

    • D. 

      It also coincided with the summer solstice, the longest day of the year

  • 17. 
    Which of the following reasons best expresses why he went to the woods?
    • A. 

      “Our best virtue has for its occasion a superfluous and evitable wretchedness.”

    • B. 

      “If we stay at home and mind our business, who will want railroads?”

    • C. 

      “I wished to live deliberately.”

    • D. 

      “I have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was born.

  • 18. 
    Which of the following reasons does he give for leaving the pond?
    • A. 

      He was taken to jail for not paying his poll-tax and had to continue living in Concord when he was released.

    • B. 

      Emerson had returned from a speaking engagement and needed his assistance at home.

    • C. 

      He had begun to feel lonely and needed the company of society again to cheer and inspire him.

    • D. 

      He had other things he wanted to accomplish and didn’t want to waste anymore time at the pond.

  • 19. 
    After only living by the pond a week, what did Thoreau notice that made him write the following statement?“The surface of the earth is soft and impressible by the feet of men: and so with the paths which the mind travels.”
    • A. 

      The deer trails through the forest

    • B. 

      A solitary gravestone in the middle of the forest

    • C. 

      A beaten, worn shoe he found at the edge of the pond

    • D. 

      The path from his front door to the pond

  • 20. 
    He uses a drummer metaphor to talk about ________________.
    • A. 

      How some people follow different dreams and purposes in life

    • B. 

      How society continues beating and beating people down until they conform

    • C. 

      How each person at heart is really similar to everyone else in the world

    • D. 

      How it is the most important instrument in the band, just like freedom is the most important principle in life

  • 21. 
    He thinks that someone who has “built castles in the air” 
    • A. 

      Is a foolish dreamer

    • B. 

      Should work to make the dream come true

    • C. 

      Is his spiritual brother

    • D. 

      Has completely wasted his life

  • 22. 
    Thoreau’s perspective on poverty is that
    • A. 

      Poverty brings you closer to God

    • B. 

      The wealthy should give their extra money to the poor so that everyone would be equal

    • C. 

      Being wealthy is necessary for fulfillment

    • D. 

      Having a lot of money isn't necessary to live a happy life

  • 23. 
    The bug story at the end of Conclusion is about
    • A. 

      . a new bug species discovered by scientists of his time

    • B. 

      A bug he saw crawling across a leaf by Walden Pond

    • C. 

      A bug that hatched from an egg in a table

    • D. 

      How bugs work together to accomplish tasks instead of working on their own

  • 24. 
    Choose the best translation of the following quote: “I learned this, at least , by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
    • A. 

      If you go for your dreams, you’ll be surprised at how successful you’ll be.

    • B. 

      Just living life is a mark of success, regardless of how society defines it.

    • C. 

      Dreams and imagination are necessary ingredients for contentment.

    • D. 

      Surprisingly, dreams are great but not what real life is all about.

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