AP English Literature and Composition Practice Test 18

Questions 1-11 refer to the following information.

La Belle Dame Sans Merci1

O what can ail thee, Knight-at-arms,
Alone and palely loitering?
The sedge2 is withered from the Lake,
And no birds sing!

05O what can ail thee, Knight-at-arms,
So haggard and so woebegone?
The Squirrel's granary is full,
And the harvest's done.

I see a lily on thy brow,
10With anguish moist and fever dew;
And on thy cheek a fading rose
Fast withereth too.

"I met a Lady in the Meads,3
Full beautiful, a faery's child;
15Her hair was long, her foot was light,
And her eyes were wild.

"I made a Garland for her head,
And bracelets too, and fragrant Zone;4
She looked at me as she did love,
20And made sweet moan

"I set her on my pacing steed,
And nothing else saw all day long,
For sidelong would she bend and sing
A faery's song.
25"She found me roots of relish sweet,
And honey wild, and manna dew;
And sure in language strange she said—
'I love thee true.'

"She took me to her elfin grot,5
30And there she wept and sighed full sore,
And there I shut her wild wild eyes
With kisses four.

"And there she lullèd me asleep
And there I dreamed—Ah woe betide!
35The latest dream I ever dreamt
On the cold hill side.

"I saw pale Kings, and Princes too,
Pale warriors, death-pale were they all;
They cried—'La Belle Dame sans Merci
40Hath thee in thrall!'

"I saw their starved lips in the gloam,
With horrid warning gapèd wide,
And I awoke, and found me here
On the cold hill's side.

45"And this is why I sojourn here,
Alone and palely loitering;
Though the sedge is wither'd from the Lake,
And no birds sing."

—John Keats, 1819

1 The Beautiful Woman Without Mercy
2 grassy marsh plant
3 meadows
4 a belt of flowers
5 grotto

1. The narrator in the poem observes the autumn season primarily through

2. The significant shift in the poem's structure occurs between lines

3. By setting the poem in autumn, the poet is

4. The tone of the poem can be described by all of the following EXCEPT

5. Which of the following literary techniques most significantly contributes to the overall effect of the poem?

6. The metaphors in lines 9–12 are meant to

7. In line 19, "as she did love" means

8. Which of the following best paraphrases the meaning of line 22?

9. The phrase "Ah woe betide!" (line 34) serves primarily to

10. The pronoun "this" in line 45 refers to

11. Which of the following describes the main theme of the poem?