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Eleventh Grade English 1: Early American Course - Freshman Essays

Eleventh Grade English 1: Early American Course

Teaching about the human tendency to scapegoat others as found in “The Minister’s Black Veil” is using the literary device of

  1. alliteration.
  2. onomatopoeia.
  3. parable.

The author of “These men all talked so delightfully. For once in my life I listened. That over, business again, In earnest, Governor Means rummaged a sword and red sash from somewhere and brought it for Colonel Chesnut, who has gone to demand the surrender of Fort Sumter” is

  1. Walt Whitman.
  2. Mary Chesnut.
  3. Edgar Allan Poe.

The author of “Soon his steady, ivory stride was heard, as to and fro he paced his old rounds, upon planks so familiar to his tread, that they were all over dented, like geological stones, with the peculiar marks of his walk. Did you fixedly gaze, too, upon that ribbed and dented brow; there also, you would see still stranger footprints–the footprints of his one unsleeping, ever pacing thought” is

  1. Edgar Allan Poe.
  2. Walt Witman.
  3. Herman Melville.

Edgar Allan Poe’s, “A letter, however, had lately reached me in a distant part of the country–a letter from him–which, in its wildly importunate nature, had admitted of no other than a personal reply” can be paraphrased as

  1. “I wrote him a friendly letter, to which he immediately replied.”
  2. “His letter, which was distant in tone, concerned an unfortunate occurrence.”
  3. “I had received a letter so insistent that I had to send a personal reply.”

The following quote was written by ___________. “It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us–that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion–that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain–that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom–and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from this earth.”

  1. Warren Lee Goss
  2. Frederick Douglass
  3. Abraham Lincoln

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Who wrote the following: “One of the phantasmagoric conceptions of my friend, partaking not so rigidly of the spirit of abstraction, may be shadowed forth, although feebly, in his words. A small picture presented the interior of an immensely long and rectangular vault or tunnel, with low walls, smooth, white and without interruption or device. Certain accessory points of design served well to convey the idea this excavation lay at an exceeding depth below the surface of the earth”?

  1. Edgar Allan Poe
  2. Walt Whitman
  3. Herman Melville

Determine what Frederick Douglass means in the following quotation: “My feelings were not the result of any marked cruelty in the treatment I received; they sprung from the consideration of my being a slave at all. It was slavery–not its mere incidents–that I hated.”

  1. Douglass hated the day-to-day aspects of his life as a slave.
  2. Douglass was treated badly by his owners.
  3. Douglass was a proud man who believed himself entitled to freedom.

Spirituals are folk songs that use Biblical allusions and allegory.

  1. true
  2. false

“The Raven” makes use of poetic sound devices.

  1. true
  2. false

Supernatural overtones are typical of Gothic literature.

  1. true
  2. false

Who wrote, “The South, in my opinion, has been aggrieved by the acts of the North, as you say. I feel the aggression and am willing to take every proper step for redress. It is the principle I contend for, not individual or private benefit. As an American citizen, I take great pride in my country, her prosperity and institutions, and would defend any state if her rights were invaded.”

  1. Frederick Douglass
  2. Robert E. Lee
  3. Abraham Lincoln

The author ____________ wrote “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

  1. Frederick Douglass
  2. Abraham Lincoln
  3. Warren Lee Goss

Nature is portrayed as __________ in Moby-Dick.

  1. foolish and vengeful
  2. violent but tamable
  3. majestic and elusive

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What is the best way to express the meaning of the following sentence from “The Raven,” “But the Raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only / That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.”

  1. The Raven expresses all his thoughts with one word.
  2. The Raven has no feelings.
  3. The Raven is afraid to speak to the narrator of the poem.

In Moby-Dick, Starbuck discourages Ahab from trying to kill the whale.

  1. true
  2. false

Based on the excerpt from “A Confederate Account of the Battle of Gettysburg,” McKim’s brigade lost the skirmish because the

  1. attack was poorly planned.
  2. soldiers were poorly equipped.
  3. opposing army was much larger.

“Recollections of a Private,” Goss says he stood before the recruiting office and reread the recruiting advertisement. He says, “I thought I might have made a mistake in considering war so serious after all.” Goss is making a comment on war based on the advertisement that it is

  1. a deadly business.
  2. an unrewarding experience.
  3. a good opportunity.

Warren Lee Goss wrote, “Seized with a determination to learn to read, at any cost, I hit upon many expedients to accomplish the desired end. The plea which I mainly adopted, and the one by which I was most successful, was that of using my young white playmates, with whom I met in the street, as teachers.”

  1. true
  2. false

It is most likely that the line in “Water, is taught by thirst” that pairs birds and snow refers to

  1. birds enjoying winter and playing in the snow.
  2. hunting birds for food in winter because crops cannot be planted in the snow.
  3. realizing how much one appreciates birds when they are gone in wintertime.

Herman Melville clearly distinguishes the goodness and the evilness in his characters.

  1. true
  2. false

“We paused before a House that seemed/A Swelling of the Ground–/ The Roof was scarcely visible–/ The Cornice–in the Ground/ Since then–’tis Centuries–and yet / Feels shorter than the Day / I first surmised the Horses Heads / Were toward Eternity–” was written by

  1. Emily Dickinson.
  2. Mary Chesnut.
  3. Edgar Allan Poe.

A Romantic interpretation of “The Raven” is that the Raven is a good omen who has come to kill the speaker for his mistakes.

  1. true
  2. false

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Grotesque gloomy settings are typical of Gothic literature.

  1. true
  2. false

The human potential for evil as the main idea in “The Minister/’s Black Veil” is an example of the literary element of

  1. plot.
  2. theme.
  3. allegory.

Walt Whitman is saying ______________ in the lines, “I celebrate myself, and sing myself / And what I assume you shall assume, / For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.”

  1. He cares only about himself.
  2. celebrating life benefits everyone.
  3. He thinks he is an epic hero.

Determine the meaning of the following quotation from “A Confederate Account of the Battle of Gettysburg:’ “On they pressed to within about twenty or thirty paces of the works–a small but gallant band of heroes daring to attempt what could not be done by flesh and blood.”

  1. The brigade succeeded in its original goal.
  2. Randolph McKim is ashamed of his troops.
  3. The brigade was attempting an impossible mission.

This line contains a slant rhyme: “And Breaths were gathering firm . . . Be witnessed–in the Room–”

  1. true
  2. false

Which of the following is one of the central themes in Moby-Dick?

  1. Human understanding is limited.
  2. Only the strongest survive.
  3. Whaling is indefensible.

The literary element of __________is used in Moby-Dick when Captain Ahab is shown as a proud and stubborn man.

  1. point of view
  2. characterization
  3. theme

The motivation for Ahab wanting to kill the whale is revenge in Moby-Dick.

  1. true
  2. false

Who wrote the following, “The Americans of all nations at any time upon the earth have probably the fullest poetical nature. The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem. In the history of the earth hitherto the largest and most stirring appear tame and orderly to their ampler largeness and stir.”

  1. Herman Melville
  2. Walt Whitman
  3. Mary Chenut

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What type of literary element is used when the reader is given third-person accounts of characters and situations as found in Moby-Dick?

  1. point of view
  2. characterization
  3. theme

Moby-Dick suggests that human beings cannot control nature through force or will.

  1. true
  2. false

Based on “The Minister’s Black Veil,” how would you describe Hawthorne’s view of human nature?

  1. uncaring
  2. pessimistic
  3. naive

Identify the elements of free verse in this passage from “Song of Myself:” “I, now thirty-seven years old in perfect health begin, / Hoping to cease not till death.”

  1. irregular meter, natural speech cadence, irregular line length
  2. irregular meter, exact rhyme, irregular line length
  3. exact rhyme, natural speech cadence, irregular line length

Which of the following describes the larger theme in Moby-Dick when, as the ship is sinking, Ahab’s flag is nailed to the mast by one of the crew members?

  1. nature’s essential evil
  2. the futility of human efforts to dominate nature
  3. America’s loss of innocence

“When the friend shows his inmost heart to his friend, the lover to his best beloved; when man does not vainly shrink from the eye of his Creator, loathsomely treasuring up the secret of his sin, then deem me a monster, for the symbol beneath which I have lived and die! I look around me, and lo! on every visage a Black Veil.” From this, we can infer

  1. love is something not to be valued.
  2. it is sometimes good to hide secrets from other people.
  3. each person hides his or her darkest secrets from others for fear of what others will think.

A parable, as in “The Minister’s Black Veil,” shows the characters, events, and details of setting

  1. are being described in realistic detail.
  2. are being historical in nature.
  3. being simplified to teach a moral lesson.

“The Gettysburg Address” is a persuasive speech that relies on political ideology.

  1. true
  2. false

A Romantic interpretation of “The Raven” is that nature, as represented by the Raven helps the speaker cope with his loss.

  1. true
  2. false

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Who wrote, “Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer, / ‘Sir,’ said I, ‘or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore: / But the fact is I was napping and so gently you came rapping, / And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door, / That I scarce was sure I heard you?’–here I opened wide the door, / Darkness there and nothing more”?

  1. Robert E. Lee
  2. Warren Lee Goss
  3. Edgar Allan Poe

In “The Fall of the House of Usher,” we clearly learn that Roderick had attempted to kill Madeline by burying her alive.

  1. true
  2. false

In “The Minister’s Black Veil,” the reader can infer in the passage, “The next day, the whole village of Milford talked of little else than Parson Hooper’s black veil. That, and the mystery concealed behind it, supplied a topic of discussion between acquaintances meeting in the street, and good women gossiping at their open windows, It was the first item of news that the tavern keeper told his guests. The children babbled of it on their way to school” that

  1. children are the worst gossipers.
  2. most human beings gossip too much.
  3. people should talk about what is happening in their community.

The following paradox is an effect from Douglass’ efforts to educate himself:

  1. Even as he accumulates more facts, he is more uncertain of his principles.
  2. Forbidden to read as a child, he grows up to be an important writer.
  3. The more he learns, the more unhappy with his situation as a slave he becomes.

Which of the following was the most successful strategy for Frederick Douglass to learn to read?

  1. having his white playmates to teach him in exchange for biscuits
  2. buying books from Mr. Knight on Thames Street
  3. memorizing books read by Mrs. Auld

The use of the Pequod to represent the human race throughout Moby-Dick is the literary device of

  1. allegory.
  2. aphorism.
  3. anecdote.

Anti-Transcendentalist literature often shows people as trapped between goodness and evil.

  1. true
  2. false

Macabre events are rarely found in Gothic literature.

  1. true
  2. false

Which of these statements expresses a central theme of “The Raven”?

  1. Hard times will pass.
  2. The dead return from their grave in one way or another.
  3. People look in vain for solace.

____ 50. Anti-Transcendentalist literature often focuses on human limitations.

  1. true
  2. false

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