Poetry Test

Poetry Test


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1. Which of these lines contains the best example of a cliché?

The bottom feeders were down in the dumps
Mortality gives us something omniscient gods can never know
Her body: braces, pads and paints
She sauntered on as daylight spawned
The moo cow came down the road



2. Which of these lines contains the best example of alliteration?

The bottom feeders were down in the dumps
Mortality gives us something omniscient gods can never know
Her body: braces, pads and paints
She sauntered on as daylight spawned
The moo cow came down the road



3. Which of these lines contains the best example of assonance?

The bottom feeders were down in the dumps
Mortality gives us something omniscient gods can never know
Her body: braces, pads and paints
She sauntered on as daylight spawned
The moo cow came down the road



4. Which of these lines contains the best example of an abstraction?

The bottom feeders were down in the dumps
Mortality gives us something omniscient gods can never know
Her body: braces, pads and paints
She sauntered on as daylight spawned
The moo cow came down the road



5. Which of these lines contains the best example of onomatopoeia?

The bottom feeders were down in the dumps
Mortality gives us something omniscient gods can never know
Her body: braces, pads and paints
She sauntered on as daylight spawned
The moo cow came down the road



6. Who among these should be considered a serious poet?

Kahlil Gibran
Rod McKuen
Jim Morrison
Jewel
None of the above.



7. Which three of these are fundamental aspects of good poetry?

Subtlety
Honesty
Clarity
Emotion
Brevity
None of the above.



8. Which of these are good subjects for novice poets to explore?

Their own feelings
Romance
The meaning of life
Religion
None of the above.



9. What is the principle purpose of critique?

To support and encourage the poet
To help the poet improve
To help the poem improve
None of the above



10. Distinguishing good from bad poetry is merely a matter of taste.

True
False



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