AP English Literature and Composition Practice Test 26

Questions 1-15 refer to the following information.

He never asked her whether she had seen
Morris again, because he was sure that if this
had been the case she would tell him. She had,
in fact, not seen him; she had only written him
05a long letter. The letter, at least, was long for her;
and, it may be added, that it was long for Morris;
it consisted of five pages, in a remarkably neat
and handsome hand. Catherine's handwriting
was beautiful, and she was even a little proud of
10it; she was extremely fond of copying, and possessed
volumes of extracts which testified to this
accomplishment; volumes which she had exhibited
one day to her lover, when the bliss of feeling
that she was important in his eyes was exceptionally
15keen. She told Morris, in writing, that her
father had expressed the wish that she should not
see him again, and that she begged he would not
come to the house until she should have 'made
up her mind.' Morris replied with a passionate
20epistle, in which he asked to what, in Heaven's
name, she wished to make up her mind. Had not
her mind been made up two weeks before, and
could it be possible that she entertained the idea
of throwing him off? Did she mean to break down
25at the very beginning of their ordeal, after all
the promises of fidelity she had both given and
extracted? And he gave an account of his own
interview with her father—an account not identical
at all points with that offered in these pages.
30'He was terribly violent,' Morris wrote, 'but you
know my self-control. I have need of it all when
I remember that I have it in my power to break
in upon your cruel captivity.' Catherine sent him,
in answer to his, a note of three lines. 'I am in
35great trouble; do not doubt my affection, but let
me wait a little and think.' The idea of a struggle
with her father, of setting up her will against his
own, was heavy on her soul, and it kept her quiet,
as a great physical weight keeps us motionless. It
40never entered into her mind to throw her lover
off; but from the first she tried to assure herself
that there would be a peaceful way out of their
difficulty. The assurance was vague, for it contained
no element of positive conviction that her
45father would change his mind. She only had an
idea that if she should be very good, the situation
would in some mysterious manner improve. To
be good she must be patient, outwardly submissive,
abstain from judging her father too harshly,
50and from committing any act of open defiance.
He was perhaps right, after all, to think as he did;
by which Catherine meant not in the least that
his judgement of Morris's motives in seeking to
marry her was perhaps a just one, but that it was
55probably natural and proper that conscientious
parents should be suspicious and even unjust.
There were probably people in the world as bad
as her father supposed Morris to be, and if there
were the slightest chance of Morris being one
60of these sinister persons, the Doctor was right
in taking it into account. Of course he could not
know what she knew—how the purest love and
truth were seated in the young man's eyes; but
Heaven, in its time, might appoint a way of bringing
65him to such knowledge. Catherine expected a
good deal of Heaven, and referred to the skies the
initiative, as the French say, in dealing with her
dilemma. She could not imagine herself imparting
any kind of knowledge to her father; there
70was something superior even in his injustice,
and absolute in his mistakes. But she could at
least be good, and if she were only good enough,
Heaven would invent some way of reconciling all
things—the dignity of her father's errors and the
75sweetness of her own confidence, the strict performance
of her filial duties, and the enjoyment
of Morris Townsend's affection.

1. The description of Catherine's father in lines 1–3 implies that

2. The comment that Catherine's letter to Morris "was long for her" (line 5) is most likely intended to

3. The "accomplishment" mentioned in line 12 refers to

4. In lines 13–15, "when the bliss of feeling that she was important in his eyes was exceptionally keen" implies that

5. The phrase "in Heaven's name" (lines 20–21) is meant to show

6. The description of Morris's exchange of letters with Catherine (lines 15–36) suggests that this passage most probably comes after

7. Which of the following best describes the shift in the tone of Morris's words between lines 19–29 (beginning with "Morris replied...") and lines 30–33 (beginning with "He was terribly violent...")?

8. Grammatically, the word "note" (line 34) serves as

9. By comparing the "idea of a struggle with her father" (lines 36–37) with "a great physical weight keeps us motionless" (line 39) the narrator invites the thought that

10. The main obstacle that keeps Catherine from resolving the issue between her and her father is

11. The structure of the sentence beginning in line 51 and ending on line 56 achieves which of the following?

12. In context, the phrase "referred to the skies" in line 66 is best interpreted to mean

13. Catherine's primary dilemma consists mainly of a conflict between

14. Catherine's feelings for her father might best be described as a combination of

15. The passage is chiefly concerned with a