A. E. Housman: Poems

Poetry of William Wordsworth help?

1. Which line from “Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey” best

describes Wordsworth’s response to nature when he had visited the abbey five

years earlier?

A. Nature was a passion and intense love.

B. Nature was less appealing than city life.

C. Nature was not interesting to him.

D. Nature was a cold and threatening place.

2. With whom did Wordsworth visit Tintern Abbey?

A. his wife

B. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

C. his sister Dorothy

D. Robert Southey

3. What is the main theme of “Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey”?

A. the glories and triumphs of youth

B. the power of nature to renew the spirit

C. the rewards of the imagination

D. the strength of humans

4. Which characteristic of “Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey”

shows that it is a Romantic poem?

A. the outdoor, natural setting

B. the speaker’s emphasis on the importance of the individual

C. the use of the narrative format

D. the description of the speaker’s emotional response to nature

5. Which lines best state the theme of the excerpt from The Prelude?

A. “But to be young was very Heaven!”

B. “But in the very world . . . the place where, in the end, / We find our

happiness . . .”

C. “I lost / All feeling of conviction. . . .”

D. “They who had fed their childhood upon dreams, / The play-fellows of

fancy. . . .”

6. According to the speaker in The Prelude, why did the French Revolution fail?

A. Other nations entered the war and defeated the revolutionaries.

B. The war of self-defense became a war of oppression.

C. The revolution was poorly organized and soon broke down.

D. The revolutionaries did not know how to run the government.

7. What is the meaning of the title of the poem “The World Is Too Much with Us”?

A. The world is a vast place that we must each face alone.

B. Living is a great trial that can be overwhelming.

C. Our lives are too short, and we do not accomplish much.

D. We spend too much time working for material things.

8. Which of these characteristics of “The World Is Too Much with Us” shows that it

is a lyric poem?

A. It mentions several mythological characters.

B. It has many references to God and religion.

C. It implies that understanding nature leads to self-awareness.

D. It does not follow a regular pattern of end rhymes.

9. What does the speaker in “London, 1802” mean by saying that England is in

need of Milton?

A. England needs manners, freedom, and power.

B. English poetry has become dull and uninspired.

C. The French Revolution has failed to bring freedom.

D. England needs someone to write an epic.

Vocabulary and Grammar

10. Which vocabulary word best completes the following sentence?

The excitement of the revolution people, and they demanded freedoms they

had never before dared to think about.

A. roused

B. confounded

C. anatomized

D. recompensed

11. Which word means the same as sordid in this line from “The World Is Too Much

with Us”?

Little we see in Nature that is ours;

We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!

A. double

B. fortunate

C. dirty

D. reasonable

12. Which line from “Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey” contains a

present participial phrase?

A. “Almost suspended, we are laid asleep in body, and become a living soul.”

B. “These waters, rolling from their mountain springs / With a soft inland


C. “not only with the sense of present pleasure, but with pleasing

thoughts. . . .”

D. “When like a roe / I bounded o’er the mountains.”


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2) his sister Dorothy

3) I could choose A or B, but if i have to go with only one answer it would be A

7) The title "The World is too Much with Us" sounds funny – we usually say "The world is too much for me." Funny-sounding things can often be interpreted in several ways, and this one is no exception. First and foremost, it describes the condition of industrialized society. The experience of the modern city, with all its people and shops, is overpowering; for it to be "too much with" means something like "it's so much I can't handle it." Just think of it as analogous to how you feel when you see a really bright flash and have to close your eyes, or when you scowl because you just bit into something that's way too sour.

Two other possible interpretations depend on "world" referring not to industrialized society but to the natural world itself. From this perspective, the title could mean something like "human beings are a burden on the earth," a parasite that upsets a natural balance. Alternatively, it could mean that the natural world is "too much" for us because we have a lot of other things to worry about, as in "I have things to buy and worrying about nature is just too much for me to deal with right now." All of these different meanings of the title are activated in the poem, which is obsessed with the different ways in which people are too busy for nature and no longer have the time or the ability to experience it.



10) roused

11) dirty