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Poem Analysis: The Charge of the Light Brigade (Grade 8)

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Poem Analysis: The Charge of the Light Brigade

The Charge of the Light Brigade
by Alfred Tennyson

Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
"Forward, the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns!" he said:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

"Forward, the Light Brigade!"
Was there a man dismay'd?
Not tho' the soldier knew
Some one had blunder'd:
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why.
Theirs but to do and die:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley'd and thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
Rode the six hundred.

Flash'd all their sabers bare,
Flash'd as they turn'd in air
Sab'ring the gunners there,
Charging an army, while
All the world wonder'd:
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right thro' the line they broke;
Cossack and Russian
Reel'd from the saber-stroke
Shatter'd and sunder'd.
Then they rode back, but not
Not the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volleyed and thundered:
Stormed at with shot and shell,
While horse and hero fell,
They that had fought so well
Came through the jaws of death
Back from the mouth of hell,
All that was left of them—
Left of six hundred.

When can their glory fade?
Oh, the wild charge they made!
All the world wondered.
Honour the charge they made!
Honour the Light Brigade—
Noble six hundred!
1. 
In "The Charge of the Light Brigade," the author uses repetition to
  1. highlight the gravity of the situation
  2. mimic the footsteps of the soldiers
  3. draw attention to thematic elements
  4. introduce new characters
2. 
In "The Charge of the Light Brigade," how many soldiers were left of the six hundred at the end of the battle?
  1. twenty
  2. all of them
  3. three hundred
  4. less than six hundred
3. 
In "The Charge of the Light Brigade," which choice best describes the six hundred soldiers mentioned in the poem?
  1. They won the battle.
  2. They died with honor.
  3. They were cowardly men.
  4. They did not fight very hard.
4. 
In "The Charge of the Light Brigade," the speaker suggests the soldiers are going to die. Which line from the first stanza best supports this idea?
  1. Line 4
  2. Line 5
  3. Line 6
  4. Line 7
5. 
In the second stanza of "The Charge of the Light Brigade," the poem mentions that someone had blundered. Which choice best describes what this phrase means?
  1. A soldier fired early.
  2. A soldier did not know the battle plan.
  3. The soldiers should not have been fighting in the first place.
  4. The soldiers were well-armed and prepared for the battle.
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