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Questions 1-5 are based on the following passage from Heart of Darkness How is Marlow like the other seamen? 

"The yarns of a seamen have a direct simplicity, the meaning of which lies within the shell of a cracked nut. But Marlow was not typical (if his propensity to spin yarns be excepted), and to him the meaning of an episode was not inside like a kernel but outside, enveloping the tale which brought it out only as a glow brings out a haze, in the likeness of one of these misty halos that sometimes are made visible by the special illumination of moonshine." 

  1. He tells complicated tales. 
  2. He tells simple tales. 
  3. He tells tales. 
  4. He feels at home in the moonshine. 
  5. He only tells stories at night. 

The point of the metaphor of the "cracked nut" is to emphasize: 

  1. Marlow's intelligence. 
  2. the indirect quality in seamen's stories. 
  3. the simplicity of Marlow's stories. 
  4. the simplicity of the seamen's stories. 
  5. the sea itself. 

In the phrase, "brought it out only as a glow brings out a haze," "it" refers to: 

  1. Marlow. 
  2. the tale. 
  3. the meaning of a tale. 
  4. a kernel. 
  5. a misty halo. 

Which type of figurative language is used in this passage? 

  1. Personification 
  2. Irony 
  3. Simile 
  4. Apostrophe 
  5. Allusion 

This passage characterizes Marlow as 

  1. expedient
  2. perspicacious
  3. eloquent
  4. despondent
  5. erudite

Questions 6-10 are based on the following passage from Heart of Darkness

"But his soul was mad. Being alone in the wilderness, it had looked within itself, and, by heavens! I tell you, it had gone mad. I had—for my sins, I suppose—to go through the ordeal of looking into it myself. No eloquence could have been so withering to one's belief in mankind as his final burst of sincerity. He struggled with himself, too. I saw it—I heard it. I saw the inconceivable mystery of a soul that knew no restraint, no faith, and no fear, yet struggling blindly with itself." 

Which of the following best describes the "inconceivable mystery" referred to in this passage? 

  1. The mystery of why Europeans colonized Africa 
  2. The mystery of why Marlow is attracted to Kurtz 
  3. The mystery of why Kurtz went insane 
  4. The mystery of why the wilderness has such an effect on people 
  5. The mystery of Kurtz's eloquence 

In the phrase, "I had—for my sins, I suppose—to go through the ordeal of looking into it myself," "it" refers to: 

  1. the soul of the wilderness. 
  2. an African's soul. 
  3. mankind's soul. 
  4. Marlow's soul. 
  5. Kurtz's soul. 

Marlow's feelings are best described as: 

  1. gratitude and awe. 
  2. despair and amazement. 
  3. faith and hope. 
  4. cynicism and fear. 
  5. disgust and hatred. 

Which type of figurative language is used in this passage? 

  1. Personification 
  2. Irony 
  3. Simile 
  4. Apostrophe 
  5. Allusion 

What is Marlow referring to when he refers to "my sins"?

  1. his prejudices toward Africans
  2. his awe and admiration of Kurtz
  3. his journey up the Amazon
  4. his association with the "Company"
  5. all of the above

Questions 11-20 are based on the following passage from The Awakening


1 Edna Pontellier could not have told why,

wishing to go to the beach with Robert, she

should in the first place have declined, and in

the second place have followed in obedience

5 to one of the two contradictory impulses

which impelled her.

A certain light was beginning to dawn

dimly within her, ―the light which, showing

the way, forbids it.

10 At that early period it served but to

bewilder her. It moved her to dreams, to

thoughtfulness, to the shadowy anguish

which had overcome her the midnight when

she had abandoned herself to tears.

15 In short, Mrs. Pontellier was beginning to

realize her position in the universe as a

human being, and to recognize her relations

as an individual to the world within and

about her. This may seem like a ponderous

20 weight of wisdom to descend upon the soul of

a young woman of twenty---eight―perhaps

more wisdom than the Holy Ghost is usually

pleased to vouchsafe to any woman.

But the beginning of things, of a world

25 especially, is necessarily vague, tangled,

chaotic, and exceedingly disturbing. How few

of us ever emerge from such beginning! How

many souls perish in its tumult!

The voice of the sea is seductive; never

30 ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring,

inviting the soul to wander for a spell in

abysses of solitude; to lose itself in mazes of

inward contemplation.

The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The

35 touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the

body in its soft, close embrace.

The "it" in line 9 refers to:

  1. "the two contradictory impulses" (line 5)
  2. "a certain light... beginning to dawn" (line 7)
  3. "the way" (line 9)
  4. "that early period" (line 10)
  5. "the shadowy anguish" (line 12)

In line 23, "vouchsafe" can be BEST replaced by:

  1. bestow
  2. inform
  3. refuse
  4. deign
  5. withhold

The final paragraph of the passage (lines 34---36) foreshadows

  1. Edna's affair with Arobin
  2. Robert's shipwreck on his way to Mexico
  3. The suicide at the end of the novel
  4. Doctor Mandalet's disappearance
  5. None of the above

Which of the following lines BEST describes Edna's realization of "her position" (line 16)?

  1. "The voice of the sea speaks to the soul." (line 34)
  2. "This may seem like a ponderous weight of wisdom..." (lines 21---22)
  3. "It moved her to dreams, to thoughtfulness, to the shadowy anguish..." (lines 11---12)
  4. "Of a world especially, is necessarily vague, tangled, chaotic, and exceedingly disturbing." (lines 24---26
  5. "To one of the two contradictory impulses which impelled her." (lines 5-6)

Line 30 contains an example of which literary device?

  1. Polysyndeton
  2. Asyndeton
  3. Anthropomorphism
  4. Metonymy
  5. Allusion

The final two paragraphs depict a sea that is:

  1. Anthropomorphized
  2. Didactic
  3. Dynamic
  4. Foreboding
  5. Personified

The shift in perspective in the sentence beginning on line 26 and ending on line 27 does all of the following EXCEPT

  1. give the reader a direct connection to the emotions Edna is feeling.
  2. imply that the situation is not uncommon.
  3. give the narrator the opportunity to insert her commentary and experiences.
  4. describe a situation for Edna to be a part of something greater than she.
  5. draw the reader into the scene.

The "anguish" in line 12, most likely refers to

  1. Edna's distress over the Creole culture and her lack of understanding with it.
  2. the heartbreak Edna felt when she listened to Madame Ratignolle reveal the intimate details of her delivery, knowing she would never be a "mother---woman".
  3. the torment of wanting to be on the beach with Robert and the moment, though perfect to her, would have repercussions.
  4. the sadness Edna felt when she realized, after being scolded by Leonce and checking in on Raoul, that she is trapped.
  5. the unending desire Edna has to be free of motherhood and its obligations.

The tone of the passage the BEST be described as

  1. sardonic
  2. didactic
  3. solemn
  4. melancholy
  5. reverent

The literary device being used in line 23 is

  1. Assonance
  2. Anthropomorphism
  3. Asyndeton
  4. Allusion
  5. Alliteration

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