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Sonnet (Grade 7)

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Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.
In "Sonnet 18," does the beloved fare better or worse than a summer's day?
  1. The beloved fares better; the beloved's beauty declines.
  2. The beloved fares worse; the beloved's wrinkles begin to show.
  3. The beloved fares better; the beloved's beauty is constant.
How many lines are included in the sonnet?
  1. 13
  2. 14
  3. 15
  4. 16
What is the rhyme scheme of the poem?
  1. ababcdcdefefgg
  2. abbaabbacdecde
  3. ababababababab
  4. abcdabcdabcdee
The sonnet is written using iambic pentameter.
  1. True
  2. False
Give an example of figurative language used in the sonnet.

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
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
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
What is the rhyme scheme of the poem?
  1. abab abab abab cc
  2. abba abba cd cd cd
  3. abba abba abba cd
  4. abab abab cd cd cd
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
"Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame" is a reference to the infamous statue the Colossus of Rhodes. This is an example of a(n)
  1. simile.
  2. allusion.
  3. metaphor.
  4. illustration.
In the next to last line, the speaker uses the word TEMPEST. The meaning of the word tempest is most likely
  1. a play by Shakespeare.
  2. a Greek god.
  3. a calm ride on a ship.
  4. a violent, windy storm.
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 meaning of the word "beacon" in line six?
  1. Light
  2. Waving
  3. Freedom
  4. Beckoning
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
The poem is an example of a
  1. villanelle.
  2. sonnet.
  3. haiku.
  4. epitaph.
"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
In the poem, the word "teeming" in line 12 most likely means
  1. full.
  2. dirty.
  3. rich.
  4. dangerous.
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