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Alfred Edward Housman (/ˈhsmən/; 26 March 1859 – 30 April 1936), usually known as A. E. Housman, was an English classical scholar and poet, best known to the…

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Posted By erika m #254919 at Jul 17, 2012 8:15 AM

“Dover Beach” by Matthew Arnold “Recessional” and “The Widow at Windsor” by Rudyard Kipling Help?

1. The speaker is comparing what two things in “Dover Beach”?
A. the beach and darkness
B. the ocean and the beach
C. the tides and human life
D. the sea and war

2. Which line from “Dover Beach” best expresses the mood of the poem?
A. “Listen! you hear the grating roar / Of pebbles . . .”
B. “Sophocles long ago / Heard it on the Aegaean . . .”
C. “Find also in the sound a thought, / Hearing it by this distant northern sea.”
D. “But now I only hear / Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar. . . .”

3. What conclusion can you draw from “Dover Beach” about the speaker’s attitude toward
A. He thinks that people no longer have faith in God.
B. He thinks religious faith is growing stronger around the world.
C. He thinks people’s religious faith is powerful, like the tides.
D. He thinks people are looking for faith in the wrong places.

4. What is the speaker’s view of the world in “Dover Beach”?
A. The world is a calm, forgiving, and beautiful home.
B. The world is a place of sadness, misery, and violence.
C. The world is a place of peace and calm for those who seek it.
D. The world is always changing and people should accept it.

5. Who is the speaker addressing in “Recessional”?
A. the English people
B. Queen Victoria
C. the people of the world
D. God

6. What is the main idea of Kipling’s “Recessional”?
A. The British empire will not last forever.
B. The British empire is the most powerful nation in history.
C. The British empire will always be remembered.
D. The British empire has made the world a safer place.

7. What does the speaker mean in these lines from “Recessional”?
For heathen heart that puts her trust in reeking tube and iron shard—
All valiant dust that builds on dust,
And guarding calls not Thee to guard . . .
A. The English people believe their armies cannot protect them.
B. People think they can maintain their empire only through war.
C. People put their faith in their armies and do not ask God to protect them.
D. The English people are uneducated and know only how to wage war.

8. Who is the widow in “The Widow at Windsor”?
A. the speaker’s mother
B. the poet’s mother
C. the British flag
D. Queen Victoria

9. What conclusion can you draw about the speaker from his use of dialect in “The Widow
at Windsor”?
A. He is a member of the royal family.
B. He is a world famous poet.
C. He is a common person.
D. He is well educated.

10. What is the theme of “The Widow at Windsor”?
A. Most British rulers care about the well-being of their people.
B. The queen’s greatness was paid for with the lives of English soldiers.
C. Great rulers achieved greatness through courage and self-sacrifice.
D. Britain owes its greatness to the wisdom and power of the queen.

11. What conclusion can you draw from these lines from “The Widow at Windsor”?
We ‘ave ‘eard o’ the Widow at Windsor,
It’s safest to leave ‘er alone:
For ‘er sentries we stand by the sea an’ the land
Wherever the bugles are blown.
A. The speaker is a farmer.
B. The speaker is in the queen’s military.
C. The queen never forgives her enemies.
D. The queen wants to keep England out of war.

12. Which is the best synonym for the word dominion in this line from “Recessional”?
Beneath whose awful Hand we hold
Dominion over palm and pine. . . .
A. control
B. arms
C. peace
D. location

13. Which sentence incorrectly uses a vocabulary word?
A. In the poem “Dover Beach,” the cliffs look out over a TRANQUIL sea.
B. The TURBID waters of the pounding tides threw sand high up on the beach.
C. The melancholy scene brought a chill CADENCE to the back of my neck.
D. Few English people felt at all CONTRITE over the great power of Britain.

14. Which line from Arnold’s “Dover Beach” is in a tense other than the present tense?
A. “The sea is calm tonight.”
B. “ . . . on the French coast the light / Gleams and is gone. . . .”
C. “Ah, love, let us be true / To one another!”
D. “Sophocles long ago / Heard it on the Aegaean . . .”

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Posted By erika m #254919 at Jul 17, 2012 7:57 AM

"On Making an Agreeable Marriage" and "A Vindiction of the Tights of Women" Help?

1. According to Austen in “On Making an Agreeable Marriage,” what is the most
important reason for marrying someone?
A. wealth
B. personality
C. affection
D. respect

2. What is Jane Austen’s purpose in writing to her niece Fanny in “On Making an
Agreeable Marriage”?
A. to tell her about the success of her book
B. to advise her on marriage
C. to share news of the family
D. to discuss their interest in music

3. According to Austen in “On Making an Agreeable Marriage,” what are Fanny’s
two biggest objections to her suitor?
A. He is poor and lives far away.
B. He is generous but lacks confidence.
C. He is selfish and proud.
D. He is too modest and good.

4. Why does Austen tell Fanny in “On Making an Agreeable Marriage” that “I have
no hope of writing anything to the purpose”?
A. She knows little about the man who wants to marry Fanny.
B. She knows that events will have changed before Fanny gets her letter.
C. She does not want to appear to tell Fanny what to do about marriage.
D. She realizes that Fanny will ignore anything she says.

5. As social commentary, what does Austen accomplish in “On Making an Agreeable
A. She consciously analyzes marriage customs of the period.
B. She unconsciously depicts society’s expectations for marriage.
C. She consciously points out the flaws in how society treats women.
D. She unconsciously criticizes how women allow themselves to be treated.

6. What was Wollstonecraft’s purpose in writing A Vindication of the Rights of
A. to call attention how society has limited women’s potential
B. to complain about the lack of education she was given
C. to criticize the education and intelligence of men
D. to discourage women from rebelling against a social system

7. To what does Wollstonecraft compare the minds of women in A Vindication of
the Rights of Woman?
A. the impression of being too frivolous to learn
B. flowers that are planted in soil that is too rich
C. men who have never had the benefits of education
D. children before they go to school

8. What does Wollstonecraft mean in A Vindication of the Rights of Woman when
she says women should “become more masculine”?
A. They should learn to compete with men as equals.
B. They should try hard to make themselves beautiful.
C. They should educate themselves and exercise their bodies.
D. They should not hesitate to use their beauty to gain power.

9. Which vocabulary word correctly completes this sentence?
It took great to speak out for women’s rights as Mary Wollstonecraft did in
the 1700s.
A. scruples
B. vindication
C. fortitude
D. gravity

10. Which definition best fits the italicized vocabulary word in this sentence?
Wollstonecraft compares women to flowers that at first appeal to a fastidious eye
but lose their appeal as age makes their beauty fade.
A. generous; willing
B. thoughtful; wondering
C. false; unearned
D. particular; hard to please

11. In which sentence are commas in a series used incorrectly?
A. Women were made to appear weak, dull, and useless due to social attitudes.
B. With opportunities for education, they became intelligent, self-assured, and
C. They spent their time in dressing, making themselves up, and seeking
D. Men did not appreciate their strengths, their abilities, and their judgment.

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Posted By erika m #254919 at Jul 17, 2012 8:51 AM

Essay help on The poety of John Keats

12. In an essay, explain the meaning of “Ode on a Grecian Urn.” First, identify and
explain the main idea of the poem. Then, identify at least three images from the
poem, and explain how they support the main idea.

13. In an essay, compare “Ode to a Nightingale” to “Ode on a Grecian Urn.” In your
essay, answer these questions: What are the subjects of the two odes? How are the
subjects alike? How does the speaker respond to these two subjects? Give examples
from the poems to support your answers.

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