AP English Literature and Composition Practice Test 23

Questions 1-10 refer to the following information.

Berry Picking

Silently my wife walks on the still wet furze1
Now darkgreen the leaves are full of metaphors
Now lit up is each tiny lamp of blueberry.
The white nails of rain have dropped and the sun is free.

05And whether she bends or straightens to each bush
To find the children's laughter among the leaves
Her quiet hands seem to make the quiet summer hush—
Berries or children, patient she is with these.

I only vex and perplex her; madness, rage
10Are endearing perhaps put down upon the page;
Even silence daylong and sullen can then
Enamor as restraint or classic discipline.

So I envy the berries she puts in her mouth,
The red and succulent juice that stains her lips;
15I shall never taste that good to her, nor will they
Displease her with a thousand barbarous jests.

How they lie easily for her hand to take,
Part of the unoffending world that is hers;
Here beyond complexity she stands and stares
20And leans her marvelous head as if for answers.

No more the easy soul my childish craft deceives
Nor the simpler one for whom yes is always yes;
No, now her voice comes to me from a far way off
Though her lips are redder than the raspberries.

—Irving Layton, 1958

1 a low-lying evergreen shrub

1. Which of the following best describes the attitude of the speaker toward his wife?

2. In line 1, the image "the still wet furze" exemplifies which of the following poetic techniques?

3. The woman in the poem is characterized primarily by her

4. Between line 8 and line 9, the speaker shifts from

5. In line 12, the verb "Enamor" is best interpreted as

6. Which of the following best illustrates the notion that "the leaves are full of metaphors" (line 2)?

7. Throughout the poem, the choice of details and images suggests that

8. The woman in the poem is portrayed primarily through her

9. In the course of the poem the speaker discloses that he

10. Which of the following most significantly contributes to the unity of the poem?