AP English Literature and Composition Practice Test 21

Questions 1-10 refer to the following information.

The Broken Heart

He is stark mad, whoever says,
That he hath been in love an hour,
Yet not that love so soon decays,
But that it can ten in less space devour;
05Who will believe me, if I swear
That I have had the plague a year?
Who would not laugh at me, if I should say
I saw a flash of powder burn a day?

Ah, what a trifle is a heart,
10If once into love's hands it come!
All other griefs allow a part
To other griefs, and ask themselves but some;
They come to us, but us love draws;
He swallows us and never chaws;
15By him, as by chain'd shot, whole ranks do die;
He is the tyrant pike,1 our hearts the fry.2

If 'twere not so, what did become
Of my heart when I first saw thee?
I brought a heart into the room,
20But from the room I carried none with me;
If it had gone to thee, I know
Mine would have taught thine heart to show
More pity unto me ; but Love, alas!
At one first blow did shiver3 it as glass.

25Yet nothing can to nothing fall,
Nor any place be empty quite;
Therefore I think my breast hath all
Those pieces still, though they be not unite;
And now, as broken glasses show
30A hundred lesser faces, so
My rags of heart can like, wish, and adore,
But after one such love, can love no more.

—John Donne, 1633

1 predatory fish
2 small fish, easily devoured
3 shatter

1. The speaker in the poem would most likely characterize his experience in love as

2. The purpose of the first stanza (lines 1–8) is primarily to

3. Line 10 includes an example of

4. The imagery in the poem is dominated by

5. Which sentence best paraphrases line 13?

6. The metaphors in lines 14–16 are meant to suggest all of the following about love EXCEPT that

7. Which of the following best describes the function(s) of lines 21–26?

8. The literary device that most significantly contributes to the unity of the poem is its

9. Lines 31–32 most strongly express the speaker's

10. Which of the following best describes the development of the poem?