When You Are Old Quiz

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How well do you know the poem “When You Are Old” by W. B. Yeats? This short quiz will test your knowledge on this classic poem. Answer these 10 questions and see if you can get a perfect score!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What is an Alliteration?
    • A. 

      When two or more words used closely together in a poem (often in the same line) begin with the same letter or constant sound

    • B. 

      A person, place, thing, or idea

    • C. 

      When two things are compared without using "like" or "as"

    • D. 

      Shows action

  • 2. 
    Explain the Imagery of When You Are Old.
  • 3. 
    Who is the author of this poem?
    • A. 

      Maya Angelou

    • B. 

      Chris Tucker

    • C. 

      W.B. Yeats

    • D. 

      Shakespeare

  • 4. 
    You would compare this poem to_______________.
  • 5. 
    How can you compare W.B. Yeats poem with Shakespeare's Shall I compare to Thee?
  • 6. 
    What is the major image in the poem?
    • A. 

      A flower

    • B. 

      An old woman

    • C. 

      Life

    • D. 

      A bee

  • 7. 
    Which is the best alliteration in the poem?
    • A. 

      Old and full of sleep

    • B. 

      When Yeats was 28 he loved her even when her spirit was low and sorrowful

    • C. 

      A beautiful, poignant poem about enduring love

    • D. 

      .....And bending down beside the glowing bars

  • 8. 
    This poem is written in...
    • A. 

      First person

    • B. 

      Second person

    • C. 

      Third person

    • D. 

      I don't know person

  • 9. 
    Which of these questions were asked in the Points to Ponder section?
    • A. 

      Shall I compare to Thee?

    • B. 

      Would the poem be more effective in 3rd person?

    • C. 

      Should the old woman be excuded from the poem?

    • D. 

      Uhhhh nothing

  • 10. 
    Who is the poem truly based on?
    • A. 

      The poet, Yeats

    • B. 

      The old lady

    • C. 

      One of the old woman's men that she loved

    • D. 

      No one, just a poem