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Poetry BM Prep 2
Reading Comprehension
Read the following poem. Then answer the questions that follow.
A Bird came down the WalkEmily Dickinson
A Bird came down the WalkHe did not know I sawHe bit an Angleworm in halves
And ate the fellow, raw,
And then he drank a Dew
From a convenient GrassAnd then hopped sidewise to the Wall
To let a Beetle pass5
He glanced with rapid eyes
10 That hurried all aroundThey looked like frightened Beads, I thoughtHe stirred his Velvet Head
Like one in danger, Cautious, I
offered him a Crumb
15 And he unrolled his feathers
And rowed him softer homeThan Oars divide the Ocean,
Too silver for a seamOr Butterflies, off Banks of Noon
20 Leap, splashless as they swim.
"A Bird Came Down the Walk-" Emily Dickinson. Reprinted by permission of the publishers and the Trustees of Amherst
College from The Poems of Emily Dickinson, Thomas H. Johnson, ed., Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of
Harvard University Press, Copyright (c) 1951, 1955, 1979 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College.
Comprehension
Answer the following questions about “A Bird came down the Walk—”.
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1. The pause created by the dash in line 2 emphasizes the
A. speaker’s great respect for the bird’s obvious grace
B. bird’s intense concentration while searching for worms
C. speaker’s secret observance of the bird’s actions
D. bird’s short, quick movements down the walk
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2. Which of the following stylistic elements emphasizes the movement of the bird’s eyes?
A. the irregular capitalization in line 3
B. the simile in line 11
C. the slant rhyme in lines 14 and 16
D. the dash in line 16
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3. Emily Dickinson most likely capitalizes the word Cautious in line 13 to
A. emphasize how the bird eats his food
B. stress the movements of the bird
C. show how the speaker threatens the bird
D. illustrate the bird’s small body
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4. The slant rhyme of seam and swim in lines 18 and 20 draws attention to the
A. disappointment of the speaker
B. colors of the bird’s feathers
C. shock of the speaker
D. beauty of the bird’s departure
Read the following poem. Then answer the questions that follow.
from A Song of Joys
Walt Whitman
O to make the most jubilant song!
Full of music-full of manhood, womanhood, infancy!
Full of common employments-full of grain and trees.
O for the voices of animals-O for the swiftness and
5 balance of fishes!
O for the dropping of raindrops in a song!
O for the sunshine and motion of waves in a song!
O the joy of my spirit-it is uncaged-it darts like lightning!
It is not enough to have this globe or a certain time,
10 I will have thousands of globes and all time.
O the engineer's joys! to go with a locomotive!
To hear the hiss of steam, the merry shriek, the
steam-whistle, the laughing locomotive!
To push with resistless way and speed off in the distance.
O the gleesome saunter over fields and hillsides!
The leaves and flowers of the commonest weeds, the moist
fresh stillness of the woods,
The exquisite smell of the earth at daybreak, and all
20 through the forenoon.
15
Comprehension
Answer the following questions about the excerpt from “A Song of Joys.”
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5. What does the parallelism in lines 2–3 suggest about the “most jubilant song”?
A. The song most likely would be very short.
B. It would celebrate every aspect of life.
C. The song would discuss only women.
D. It would contain only one kind of music.
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6. The repetition in lines 4–6 emphasizes the speaker’s
A.
B.
C.
D.
uncontained excitement about nature
vivid description of the animals’ voices
constant questioning of the natural world
musical description of raindrops
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7. Which poetic devices does Walt Whitman use in line 11 to describe the sounds of a train?
A. similes and metaphors
B. repetition and inventive punctuation
C. slant rhyme and repetition
D. cataloging and personification
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8. Whitman’s use of free verse in the poem helps
A. show his appreciation for engineers
B. explain the stages of life
C. describe the appearance of normal weeds
D. express his joy in natural language
Comprehension
Answer these questions about both selections.
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9. How would you best contrast the authors’ tones in the two poems?
A. Whitman uses a mocking tone, and Dickinson uses an indifferent tone.
B. Whitman uses a good-natured tone, and Dickinson uses a pessimistic tone.
C. Whitman uses an exuberant tone, and Dickinson uses a curious tone.
D. Whitman uses a humorous tone, and Dickinson uses an overexcited tone.
____ 10. Dickinson’s tone in lines 1–8 of “A Bird came down a Walk—” and Whitman’s tone in lines 13–15 of “A
Song of Joys” suggest that the authors share
A. a love for the silence of the woods
B. an appreciation for nature
C. a quiet way of observing the world
D. an overwhelming desire to run free
Poetry BM Prep 2
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