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8.4 Compare & Contrast The Relationship Between The Purpose/Characteristics Of Different Poetic Forms

Quiz by Texas Education Agency

Grade 8
ELAR (2009)
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

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Grade 8
ELAR (2009)
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

8.4: Reading - Comprehension of Literary Text - Poetry

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  • Q1
    The repetition of the words “my” and “my own” emphasizes the speaker’s desire to —
    make a distinction between scientific facts and personal beliefs
    show appreciation for something that is personal and unique
    express opinions that challenge accepted wisdom
    argue that people share some similar characteristics
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  • Q2
    The poet chose an irregular and unpredictable rhyme scheme most likely to —
    suggest that the speaker is confused
    emphasize the poem’s message
    provide a sense of playfulness
    highlight the speaker’s actions
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  • Q3
    What does line 6 suggest about the “whorls,” “whirls,” and “wheels” on the pad of the speaker’s thumb?
    They symbolize a link to the past.
    They are evidence of her intelligence and emotional depth.
    They reveal her genetic characteristics.
    They represent more than physical identity.
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  • Q4
    How are the train and the speaker similar?
    Like the train that stays on a straight course, the speaker avoids change.
    Like the train that brays and boasts, the speaker acts in an overly proud manner.
    Like the train that travels at midnight, the speaker prefers to work during the night.
    Like the train that has a schedule to keep, the speaker has an approaching responsibility.
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  • Q5
    Which line from the poem best expresses the speaker’s sense of dread?
    Line 2: and it’s midnight,
    Line 8: When I lie in wait
    Line 15: from so many miles away . . .
    Line 7: and needed rest.
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  • Q6
    Dividing the poem into two stanzas allows the poet to —
    ask questions to keep the reader guessing about what will happen
    compare the speaker’s schedule with the train’s schedule
    contrast the speaker’s feelings about weekends and Mondays
    incorporate reminders for the reader about where the action takes place
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  • Q7
    The train is important to the poem because it represents —
    following a planned routine
    visiting distant places
    interrupting peaceful memories
    reflecting on the past
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  • Q8
    The poet likely intends for the last two lines to express the speaker’s —
    regret over the experiences of the weekend
    concern about doing well in school
    anxiety about the coming day
    fear of the arriving train
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  • Q9
    In the poem, the speaker’s mood changes from —
    relaxed to excited
    uncertain to discouraged
    lonely to peaceful
    frustrated to joyous
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  • Q10
    Based on the last stanza, the reader can conclude that the speaker —
    wants to write about winning a race
    hopes to finish writing soon
    has begun expressing ideas freely
    hopes to learn organizational skills
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  • Q11
    Which words from the poem show that the speaker is unsympathetic to the dog’s wish?
    pasture’s high fence
    linking the paired gates
    the lots of desire
    she is denied
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  • Q12
    In the first stanza, the poet uses the words “Over the years” and “From thousands of walks” to —
    show that the dog still finds the walk exciting
    describe the reasons why the pasture is off-limits
    illustrate what the dog enjoys about going on a walk
    suggest that each walk follows the same sequence of events
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  • Q13
    In contrast to line 10, the last line of the poem shows that the dog now feels —
    lonely
    defeated
    relaxed
    confident
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  • Q14
    In lines 20 through 22, the speaker observes that the dog wants to —
    explore new areas beyond the fence
    follow the familiar path around the field
    take breaks during the walk with the speaker
    return to the comfort of her home
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  • Q15
    Read lines 11 and 12 from the poem. Why does the poet compare space travelers to the early settlers of America?
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    To suggest that explorers will overcome the difficulties in space just as explorers in the past overcame their difficulties
    To highlight the difficulties that the early settlers encountered when venturing into new places
    To imply that the obstacles the early settlers faced discouraged them from exploring new lands
    To demonstrate that explorers will encounter the same challenges in space as explorers in the past did in other frontiers
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  • Q16
    What does the final stanza of the poem suggest about the future?
    People who travel to other planets will no longer communicate with people living on Earth.
    Some people will regret their decision to remain on Earth.
    People who travel to other planets will want their family members living on Earth to join them.
    Some people will travel to other planets, while others will choose not to.
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  • Q17
    Read these lines from the poem. The progression from “wayfarers” to “spacefarers” demonstrates that people —
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    select the mode of transportation that is most convenient
    have made scientific discoveries while traveling to new places
    prefer some forms of transportation over others
    have developed ways to explore new regions
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  • Q18
    What do the descriptions of the future throughout the poem suggest about the speaker?
    He feels confident that people will be able to travel easily through space.
    He assumes that living on another planet will be different from living on Earth.
    He believes that people will be intimidated by the challenge of space travel.
    He accepts that space travel likely will be unavailable during his lifetime.
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