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The Bells (Grade 9)

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The Bells

What is Poe's primary purpose in "The Bells"?
  1. to describe the emotions of joy, happiness, fear, and grief
  2. to express the deeper meanings of bells that are rung on various occasions
  3. to symbolize the stages of a person's life
  4. to warn people of the constant nearness of death
Which of the following statements about "The Bells" is accurate?
  1. Poe uses very few onomatopoetic words.
  2. There is no repetition in the poem.
  3. Poe ignores the topics of war and despair.
  4. The poem's mood changes markedly.
To which of the five senses do these lines from "The Bells" appeal?
How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle
In the icy air of night!
While the stars, the oversprinkle
All the heavens, seem to twinkle
with a crystalline delight
  1. sight and smell
  2. taste and touch
  3. sight, hearing and touch
  4. hearing and taste
In "The Bells," which of the following emotions does Edgar Allan Poe focus on?
  1. anger and envy
  2. joy, fear, and grief
  3. pity and fear
  4. love and unselfishness
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