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Multiple Choice Questions (Poetry, Part 1)

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Multiple Choice Practice for Poetry (Part 1)

Welcome to the AP English Lit Multiple Choice Questions! Grab some paper and a pencil 📄 to record your answers as you go. You can see how you did on the Poetry (Part 1) Practice Questions Answers and Review sheet once you're done. Don't worry, we have tons of resources available if you get stumped 😕 on a question. And if solo study is not your thing, join a group in Hours!
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Facts about the test: The AP English Lit exam has 55 multiple choice questions and you will be given 1 hour to complete the section. That means it should take you around 10 minutes to complete 9 questions.
The following questions were not written by CollegeBoard and although they cover information outlined in the AP English Literature and Composition Course and Exam Description the formatting on the exam may be different.

1. Which is an example of a connotation?
A. All the descriptions of where different characters are standing in a room
B. The description of a dark setting feeling unsettling
C. A description of a character's physical features
D. Any definition of the word

2. Which is a meaningful shift?
A. The speaker asking philosophical questions, then suddenly answering them
B. A line break where the tone stays the same
C. One character speaking and another responding
D. A series of colorful words, followed by a series of character descriptions

3. What is the mood?
A. The overall feeling the author's POV brings to an excerpt
B. How a character feels in a given scene
C. How the reader reacts to a piece
D. The overall feeling of a work or excerpt

4. What is tone?
A. Two characters in conflict
B. The overall feeling of a work or excerpt
C. A character reacting harshly
D. The overall feeling the author's POV brings to an excerpt

5. What is apostrophe?
A. Three words beginning with the same letter
B. The speaker addressing an inanimate object
C. A piece of punctuation
D. Three rhyming lines

6. What is blank verse? 
A. Unrhymed iambic pentameter
B. Poetry without rhyme or meter
C. The difference between a poem and a novel
D. A poem that rhymes in the final two lines

7. What is foot? 
A. How many lines rhyme in a poem
B. The specific line length of a poem
C. A combination of stressed and unstressed syllables
D. A poem with three stanzas

8. What is hyperbole? 
A. An extended metaphor throughout a poem
B. Exaggeration within a poem
C. A sudden realization in a poem
D. A change from the start to the end of a poem

9. What is ambiguity?
A. A dynamic character in work
B. Two stanzas that mirror one another
C. Something left unknown to the reader
D. When a word has two possible meanings

10. What is free verse? 
A. Poetry with one word per line
B. Poetry without rhyme or meter
C. Poetry with rhymed pentameter
D. Unrhymed iambic pentameter

11. What is a pastoral? 
A. A poem without much spacing, deliberately, between lines
B. An ode to industrialism
C. A religious poem
D. A poem celebrating nature and simplicity

12. Which is an example of a motif?
A. The lesson learned in a poem
B. Different uses of the color red throughout a poem
C. The central purpose of a work
D. The dangers of tradition

13. What is inversion? 
A. In poetry, a deliberate change in word order
B. Use of an em-dash to cause a pause
C. Words offset in a single line
D. When a sentence runs across two lines

14. What is style? 
A. The pace of a poem
B. The feeling of a poem
C. All the distinctive features in a poem
D. The rhyme scheme in a poem

15. What is euphony? 
A. A soft sound followed by a hard sound
B. A jumble of words to create dissonance
C. When a line has all hard consonant sounds
D. A series of words written to develop a pleasing sound


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