SAT Literature Practice Test 5
Directions: This test consists of selections from literary works and questions on their content, form, and style. After each passage or poem, choose the best answer to each question.
Now try the techniques on this poem.
“There Is No Frigate Like a Book” was written by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886). Her simple poems are filled with imagery.
1. The poem implies
A. boats are unlike books
B. it is better to have a vehicle for the body than for the mind
C. there are more books than boats
D. books are excellent ways to experience the world
E. the author values the practical over the frivolous
2. In line 3, “coursers” most nearly means
A. swift horses
B. slow skiffs
D. ancient chariots
E. poetic devices
3. The diction of the poem is characterized by
A. an abundance of description
B. lofty syntax
C. forceful actions
D. humorous word play
E. awkward contrasts
4. Which of the following does the poem imply?
A. The poor are less likely to travel than the rich.
B. Saved money should be put toward travel.
C. Literature is an inexpensive means of escape.
D. Literature should be free.
E. Literature can touch a person’s soul.
5. It is reasonable to infer that
A. the speaker prefers action to passivity
B. the speaker thinks there is great power in the written word
C. the speaker enjoys travel narratives
D. the speaker has an active fantasy life
E. the speaker values frugality as a virtue
6. In line 5, “This traverse” refers metaphorically to
A. the journey across the river of life
B. the path toward wisdom
C. getting lost in a book
D. the process of education
E. the inevitability of old age
7. The speaker’s tone is best described as
A. cheerfully lecturing
B. forcefully instructive
C. tirelessly proactive
D. gently persuasive
E. selfishly sincere
|Question||Correct Answer||Your Answer||Result||Explanation|
|1||D||0||0||Books are great for learning about other cultures—better than boats and horses, according to the author (D). The author is comparing boats to books, so (A) is not correct. The author prefers books for the mind rather than boats or horses for the body (B). There is no mention of the number of books or boats (C). There is no evidence that the author values the practical or doesn’t value the frivolous (E).|
|2||A||0||0||We know from the fact that they are “prancing” that coursers are probably horses (A). “Skiffs” don’t prance (B). “Textbooks” are not mentioned in the poem (C). “Ancient chariots” cannot prance (D). The coursers are things that carry people, so they can’t be “poetic devices” (E).|
|3||B||0||0||The words in the poem are pretty high falutin’: “coursers,” “frigates” (B). There are not a lot of description words (A) or forceful actions (C). There is no humorous word play (D). The contrasts are not awkward (E).|
|4||C||0||0||Even the poorest can take a journey into a book without having to pay for it (C). There is no mention of which economic group travels more (A). There is no suggestion to how to spend money (B). There is no discussion of how much books should cost (D). The author doesn’t go so far as to talk about readers’ souls (E).|
|5||B||0||0||The speaker thinks reading is better than traveling, so the written word must have great power (B). There is no discussion of action versus passivity (A). We don’t know what kinds of books the speaker likes to read (C). We don’t know for sure that the speaker likes to fantasize (D). There is no mention of virtue (E).|
|6||C||0||0||The poem is about how nothing is quite like the adventure of reading (C). The poem is not about the journey of life (A), nor is it about wisdom (B). There is nothing in the poem about education (D) or about the aging process (E).|
|7||D||0||0||The speaker is trying to gently convince us about how great it is to read (D). There is not a lecture (A), nor is the speaker forceful (B). The speaker is not proactive (C), nor is she selfish (E).|
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