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The New Colossus (Grade 7)

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The New Colossus

"The New Colossus" is inscribed on what famous statue?
  1. The Eiffel Tower
  2. The Vietnam Memorial
  3. The Statue of Liberty
  4. The Washington Monument
The poem is an example of a
  1. villanelle.
  2. sonnet.
  3. haiku.
  4. epitaph.
Which characteristic of Emma Lazarus most likely influenced her decision to write the poem?
  1. Her elite social status
  2. Her desire to write poetry
  3. Her Jewish heritage
  4. Her mentor, Ralph Waldo Emerson
What is the meaning of the word "beacon" in line six?
  1. Light
  2. Waving
  3. Freedom
  4. Beckoning
The speaker calls the Statue of Liberty the "Mother of Exiles." What is an exile?
  1. An immigrant
  2. Someone who has spent years abroad
  3. An American citizen
  4. Someone forced from his country
Which word is not a synonym of "wretched" as it is used in the poem?
  1. Cheap
  2. Deplorable
  3. Pitiful
  4. Worthless
What is the rhyme scheme of the poem?
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How does the author use personification in the poem?
  1. Referring to the statue as "her" and "she"
  2. Having the statute speak
  3. Saying her eyes command
  4. All of the above
In the poem, the word "teeming" in line 12 most likely means
  1. full.
  2. dirty.
  3. rich.
  4. dangerous.
What is the main idea of the poem?
  1. To speak out against immigration
  2. To show how great American is
  3. To welcome immigrants to America
  4. To offer hope to those leaving America
Sally's "wanderlust" took her traveling all over the world. What does wanderlust mean?
  1. a large car
  2. urge to travel
  3. courage
  4. a fast train
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