Poetry Test Review Activity Key



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Poetry Test Review Activity Key

Answer the following questions. You may write on this paper.




  1. Identify two examples of perfect or exact rhyme.

    1. Afternoons/ tunes

    2. Scar/ Are

  2. Identify one example of approximate/slant/near rhyme.

    1. Light/ weight; listens/distance

  3. Identify two examples of personification.

    1. The landscape listens

    2. Shadows hold their breath

  4. Identify two similes.

    1. When it goes, ‘t is like the distance/ On the look of death.

    2. That oppresses, like the weight/ of cathedral tunes


There’s a certain Slant of light” by Emily Dickinson

There's a certain slant of light,


On winter afternoons,
That oppresses, like the weight
Of cathedral tunes.

Heavenly hurt it gives us;


We can find no scar,
But internal difference
Where the meanings are.

None may teach it anything,


'Tis the seal, despair,-
An imperial affliction
Sent us of the air.

When it comes, the landscape listens,


Shadows hold their breath;
When it goes, 't is like the distance
On the look of death.

  1. Define personification. Giving human characteristics to a non-human being/thing



  1. Explain the difference between line and stanza. Lines are the basic unit of poetry/ stanzas are collections of lines



  1. What is internal rhyme? Give an example. Rhyming within one line… “I like pie in the sky.”



  1. Explain a possible effect of alliteration on the reader. Include an example in your explanation. Alliteration creates a repetitive sound effect which engages the reader’s attention…in the case of songs, alliteration contributes to the rhythm/flow



  1. Give an example of alliteration. Shining in the starry sky



  1. What are the “rules” of a villanelle?

    1. Total number of lines: ___19____

    2. Number of lines in each stanza, #1-5: __3_____

    3. Number of lines in last stanza, #6: __4_____

    4. Line #1 repeats on lines ___6____, ___12____, and ___18____

    5. Lines #3 repeats on lines ___9____, ___15____, and ___19____

    6. Rhyme scheme is: ABA, ABA, ABA, ABA, ABA, ABAA



  1. What is free verse? What are possible pros and cons in this form? Unrhymed poetry without a set meter…it is more “free” and typically easier to write than other forms, but some poets claim it isn’t truly “poetry” in the classical sense



  1. What is nontraditional poetry? Give an example and explain how to write it. Poetry that breaks the rules/ standards of typical poetry. Found poetry and blackout poetry are examples…In found poetry, poets use words from an existing piece to create a new poem, while in blackout poetry, poets select which words will be used and black out the area on the piece surrounding those words.



  1. Give an example of hyperbole. I am starving!



  1. Give an example of idiom. Break a leg!



  1. What is onomatopoeia? Using words to describe/ imitate sound(s)

Daily Edit Test Review Activity

Edit the sentences below. If the sentence is correct as it is, write “correct.”

  1. Each of the students has a task to be completing.

  2. The student gave his/her pencil to the other student, John.

  3. I know that I will ace this test. I have been studying!

  4. Running laps by the bay, John felt tired.

  5. When I study for tests, I typically do well.

  6. My favorite sport is softball, but I really like basketball, too.

  7. Poetry is the coolest form of literature, but short stories are also really exciting.

  8. John Smith, a student in my fourth period class, has all of his notebook materials in a binder.

  9. My favorite hobbies are running, swimming, and going to the museum.

  10. I want to go to the movies, but I don’t have any money.



  1. Identify the error in # 4. Sentence Fragment

  2. Identify the error in # 6. Comma splice

  3. Identify the error in #3. Run-on sentence

  4. Identify the error in #9. Faulty Parallelism

  5. Identify the error in #5. Missing comma with an introductory element

Sudden Fiction Test Review Activity

Answers vary for #1-6. See notes/ stories for information.

  1. Define sudden fiction as a genre.



  1. At what point in the plot do most sudden stories begin? Why?



  1. Choose one of the stories we read for class. Be able to identify the theme and explain how the author conveys that theme.



  1. What is concision? Why is this concept important in sudden fiction?



  1. Explain the importance of characterization in the genre of sudden fiction. Use an example from one of the stories we read in class to support your claims.



  1. Identify important information about characters from stories we’ve read:

    1. Louise Dear, Olivia Sweet, and Ruth Love from “Turning”

    2. The bank robber/ young woman bank teller from “The Bank Robbery”

    3. Morton and Larry from “Sunday in the Park”

    4. The young man, girl, and mother from “A Fable”

    5. Hershlag from “The Engines of Sodom”


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