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Poetry of William Wordsworth Selection Test A Critical Reading Identify the letter of the choice that best answers the question. 1. Which line from â€œLines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbeyâ€ best describes Wordsworthâ€™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 â€œLines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbeyâ€? 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 â€œLines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbeyâ€ shows that it is a Romantic poem? A. the outdoor, natural setting B. the speakerâ€™s emphasis on the importance of the individual C. the use of the narrative format D. the description of the speakerâ€™s emotional response to nature 5. Which lines best state the theme of the excerpt from The Prelude? A. â€œBut to be young was very Heaven!â€ B. â€œBut in the very world . . . the place where, in the end, / We find our happiness . . .â€ C. â€œI lost / All feeling of conviction. . . .â€ D. â€œThey who had fed their childhood upon dreams, / The play-fellows of fancy. . . .â€ Name Date Unit 4 Resources: Rebels and Dreamers Â© Pearson Education, Inc., publishing as Pearson Prentice Hall. All rights reserved. 72 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 â€œThe World Is Too Much with Usâ€? 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 â€œThe World Is Too Much with Usâ€ 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 â€œLondon, 1802â€ 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 Name Date Unit 4 Resources: Rebels and Dreamers Â© Pearson Education, Inc., publishing as Pearson Prentice Hall. All rights reserved. 73 11. Which word means the same as sordid in this line from â€œThe World Is Too Much with Usâ€? 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 â€œLines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbeyâ€ contains a present participial phrase? A. â€œAlmost suspended, we are laid asleep in body, and become a living soul.â€ B. â€œThese waters, rolling from their mountain springs / With a soft inland murmur.â€ C. â€œnot only with the sense of present pleasure, but with pleasing thoughts. . . .â€ D. â€œWhen like a roe / I bounded oâ€™er the mountains.â€ Essay 13. Write an essay in which you summarize Wordsworthâ€™s feelings toward nature as expressed in â€œLines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey.â€ First, explain the feelings he had five years earlier. How did his feelings change in the years since then? Is nature still important to him? In what way? Use examples from â€œLines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbeyâ€ to support your response. 14. Choose one or more of the poems. In an essay, explain how Wordsworthâ€™s poems demonstrate some of the qualities of Romanticism. Discuss at least two of these qualities of Romanticism: simplicity and directness of language; expression of spontaneous, intensified feelings; profound responses to nature; and diction. Give examples from the poems to support your discussion.