CLEP English Literature: Study Guide & Test Prep Final Exam

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Use this material to answer questions #1 through #2

Now therefore, while the youthful hue

Sits on thy skin like morning dew,

And while thy willing soul transpires

At every pore with instant fires,

Now let us sport us while we may,

And now, like amorous birds of prey,

Rather at once our time devour

Than languish in his slow-chapped power.

Let us roll all our strength and all

Our sweetness up into one ball,

And tear our pleasures with rough strife

Through the iron gates of life:

Thus, though we cannot make our sun

Stand still, yet we will make him run.

Question 1 1. In this passage, ''the youthful hue / Sits on thy skin like morning dew'' is an example of what literary device?

Use this material to answer questions #1 through #2

Now therefore, while the youthful hue

Sits on thy skin like morning dew,

And while thy willing soul transpires

At every pore with instant fires,

Now let us sport us while we may,

And now, like amorous birds of prey,

Rather at once our time devour

Than languish in his slow-chapped power.

Let us roll all our strength and all

Our sweetness up into one ball,

And tear our pleasures with rough strife

Through the iron gates of life:

Thus, though we cannot make our sun

Stand still, yet we will make him run.

Question 2 2. What is the main point the speaker is trying to get across to his lover?

Question 3 3. Jonathan Swift's portrayal of politics and the world in Gulliver's Travels in an intentionally ridiculous manner acts as a form of what literary device?

Question 4 4.

What is the order, from earliest to latest, in which the following movements of English literature occurred?

I. Age of Reason

II. Modernism

III. Romanticism

Question 5 5. Which of the following authors is famous for his satirical poem that describes Fermor stealing a lock of Arabella's hair?

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Question 6 6. All of the following literary works were written in the 17th century EXCEPT:

Question 7 7. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Lord George Gordon Byron are writers associated with which literary period?

Question 8 8. Which of the following novels tells the story of the passionate love affair between Heathcliffe and Cathy?

Question 9 9. Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray was written during which time period?

Question 10 10. The novella that tells the story of Charles Marlow's trip down the Congo River was written by which of the following authors?

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Question 11 11. Which of the following is an Old English epic poem that features the monster Grendel and his mother?

Question 12 12. What is the type of poem that is composed of 14 lines in iambic pentameter with an ABAB CDCD EFEF GG rhyme scheme?

Use this material to answer question #13

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

Question 13 13. This passage appears in which of the following novels?

Question 14 14. Samuel Beckett's tragicomedies are referred to as ''theatre of the _____.''

Question 15 15. All of the following are novels or writings by Virginia Woolf EXCEPT:

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Question 16 16. Morality is a central theme in Dickens' Great Expectations. Which of the following is an example of a character exhibiting moral behavior?

Question 17 17. What is one accolade for which Tennyson is well-known?

Question 18 18. Hopkins's poem Pied Beauty consists primarily of which of the following?

Question 19 19. Regarding William Wordsworth, which of the following statements is NOT true?

Question 20 20. Who narrates Coleridge's 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner'?

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Question 21 21. Why hadn't Keats fully experienced Homer's language before?

Question 22 22. Why does Juliet ask, 'Wherefore art thou Romeo?'

Question 23 23. In Shakespeare's Othello, which of the following is NOT a reason for Iago's villainy?

Question 24 24. In Shakespeare's Othello, Iago convinces Othello that Desdemona is having an affair with _____.

Question 25 25. What is one of the primary interests of postmodern literary theory?

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Question 26 26. A Marxist theorist analyzes literary works through the lens of _____.

Question 27 27. Why did magical realism originate in Latin America?

Question 28 28. How does the end of A Passage to India reflect Forsters' view of colonialism?

Question 29 29. London, Africa, and the Thames are the settings for Joseph Conrad's _____.

Question 30 30. Heart of Darkness makes use of a device known as a frame narrative. Which of the following descriptions accurately defines this device?

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Question 31 31. In The Miller's Tale of 'The Canterbury Tales', when Absalon arrives at the window to ask for a kiss, Alisoun presents her _____.

Question 32 32. In The Wife of Bath's Tale in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, as a punishment for _____ the knight is charged with figuring out what women most want in the world.

Question 33 33. In 'The Nun's Priest's Tale' from Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, how do Chauntecleer and the fox's actions depict the moral of the story -- Don't trust a flatterer?

Question 34 34. Which of the following did Shakespeare add to his plays?

Question 35 35. Which of the following is NOT a famous literary author?

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Question 36 36. Why should you study English literature?

Question 37 37. In Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, who torments Jane while she is at Lowood?

Question 38 38. How do Jane Austen's novels, including Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice have a similar type of plot?

Question 39 39. In Jane Eyre, the lives of the author and protagonist seem to parallel one another; both Charlotte Bronte and Jane Eyre experienced all of the following EXCEPT:

Question 40 40. Why is Sidney's Astrophel and Stella noteworthy?

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Question 41 41. What is Ruskin's ideal social system, as described in Unto the Last?

Question 42 42. What did Mary Wollstonecraft principally argue in A Vindication of the Rights of Woman?

Question 43 43. Which of the following lines from The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock best exhibit T. S. Eliot's use of internal and half-rhymes?

Question 44 44. In Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Stephen's encounter with the 'bird girl' on the beach is an example of which typically Joycean technique?

Question 45 45. How was 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' unique compared to the rest of Eliot's work?

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Question 46 46. In Swift's Gulliver's Travels, why is Gulliver exiled by the Houyhnhnms?

Question 47 47. What did Enlightenment thinkers emphasize?

Question 48 48. Why is Pamela considered to be an epistolary novel?

Question 49 49. Both Charles Dickens and _____ are well-known for their satirical compositions.

Question 50 50. Why did Keats consider his sonnet, 'O Solitude,' to be his first breakthrough?

CLEP English Literature: Study Guide & Test Prep Final Exam Instructions

Choose your answers to the questions and click 'Next' to see the next set of questions. You can skip questions if you would like and come back to them later with the yellow "Go To First Skipped Question" button. When you have completed the practice exam, a green submit button will appear. Click it to see your results. Good luck!

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