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SAT Subject Test Literature: Interpreting Theme & Meaning in Literature Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. In Kate Chopin's novel The Awakening, a caged parrot and mockingbird, a pigeon house, and a broken-winged bird are all symbols representing _____.

Question 2 2. Which of the following is NOT a motif from Sense and Sensibility?

Question 3 3. How does symbolism make writing stronger?

Question 4 4. The sun was bright and the sky was clear. Joan jogged down the path with Rex at her side and smiled about last night's victory. The tone of this excerpt can be best described as _____.

Question 5 5. Which of the following is NOT a symbol commonly used to represent the United States?

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Question 6 6. Which of these is NOT a characteristic of a tragic hero?

Question 7 7. When does the process of analyzing a text begin?

Question 8 8. What should you be able to do once you've finished interpreting a piece of literature?

Question 9 9. What is mood?

Question 10 10. The author's overall attitude toward a subject is called _____.

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Question 11 11. Who was first responsible for describing the characteristics of a tragic hero?

Question 12 12.

Which of the following best describes the tone of this passage:

He gritted his teeth and clenched his fist. He didn't think he could take the sound of the construction crew across the street anymore. The sounds of jackhammers and hammering were driving him insane.

Question 13 13. Which of the following is NOT one of the tools an author can use to reveal tone?

Question 14 14. What emotions are tragic heroes supposed to elicit in an audience?

Question 15 15. Which of the following might you use as a motif if writing a story about unrequited love, and why?

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Question 16 16. What should you NOT focus on when making connections to the text?

Question 17 17. What Greek term often misinterpreted as 'tragic flaw' actually represents the tragic hero's tendency to 'miss the mark' in regards to his judgment?

Question 18 18. What does the imagery in the poem Harlem by Langston Hughes symbolize?

Question 19 19. A dark and gloomy setting, like a graveyard on a rainy winter evening, usually evokes a _____ mood in the reader.

Question 20 20.

How would you describe the mood in this passage:

Nearly in tears, the proud father beamed as he handed his newborn daughter to his mother. The grandmother smiled wide and cradled the baby in her arms.

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Question 21 21. Which of the following terms might be another word for 'motif'?

Question 22 22. Which statement best describes what we can learn about themes from Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'?

Question 23 23. A tragic hero is the protagonist of a:

Question 24 24. Which of the following does NOT describe a theme?

Question 25 25. Which of the following is NOT helpful in identifying mood and tone?

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Question 26 26. What does it mean to interpret literature?

Question 27 27. Which of the following is an example of auditory imagery from the poem Metaphors by Sylvia Plath?

Question 28 28. Why is it important for an author to be able to use mood effectively?

Question 29 29. What is tone?

Question 30 30. How can the initial stages of analysis help you feel connected to a piece of literature?

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