Analyzing Poetry (Grade 8)

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Analyzing Poetry

1. 
What is the difference between tone and mood?



2. 
Describe one way you can find the author's tone?



3. 
Stranded in Highway 2, Northwest Nebraska

The road was a steep forehead
ending in a jungle of hair.

The night was an empty kettle
pouring out sparkling popcorn
dust meeting with the air and
tires screeching in vain,
rolling but going nowhere.

The engine was an old lion
roaring but weak in the core.

In the road as long as the trail
I'd left behind, I was alone with the sky
staring at the moon with antelope eyes.
A. 
Which line shows that the speaker was stranded?
  1. The engine was an old lion roaring but weak in the core.
  2. The road was a steep forehead ending in a jungle of hair.
  3. Tires screeching in vain, rolling but going nowhere.
  4. The night was an empty kettle pouring out sparkling popcorn.
B. 
What is the popcorn the poem describes?
  1. Rocks
  2. Stars
  3. Food
  4. Snow
C. 
Why is the engine described as an old lion?
  1. Because of the sound it makes
  2. Because of the power it has
  3. Because of the massive size
  4. Because of the age it is
D. 
Which literary technique does the poet use most in this poem?
  1. onomatopoeia
  2. metaphor
  3. hyperbole
  4. irony
E. 
Based on the imagery of the poem, where can you infer the poem is set? (Yes, the title says it is in Nebraska, but what is Nebraska like?)



F. 
What is the tone of the poem?
  1. Frustrated
  2. Calm
  3. Worried
  4. Excited

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