AP English Literature and Composition Practice Test 28

Questions 1-10 refer to the following information.

Family Reunion

The week in August you come home,
adult, professional, aloof,
we roast and carve the fatted calf
—in our case home-grown pig, the chine1
05garlicked and crisped, the applesauce
hand-pressed. Hand-pressed the greengage2 wine.

Nothing is cost-effective here.
The peas, the beets, the lettuces
hand sown, are raised to stand apart.
10The electric fence ticks like the slow heart
of something we fed and bedded for a year,
then killed with kindness's one bullet
and paid Jake Mott to do the butchering.

In winter we lure the birds with suet,
15thaw lungs and kidneys for the cat.
Darlings, it's all a circle from the ring
of wire that keeps the raccoons from the corn
to the gouged pine table that we lounge around,
distressed before any of you was born.

20Benign and dozy from our gluttonies,
the candles down to stubs, defenses down,
love leaking out unguarded the way
juice dribbles from the fence when grounded
by grass stalks or a forgotten hoe,
25how eloquent, how beautiful you seem!

Wearing our gestures, how wise you grow,
ballooning to overfill our space,
the almost-parents of your parents now.
So briefly having you back to measure us
30is harder than having let you go.

—Maxine Kumin (1982)

1 backbone, spine2 a kind of plum

1. The "you" that the speaker addresses throughout the poem is most probably

2. The phrase "fatted calf" in line 3 is best understood as

3. One effect of "Nothing is cost-effective here" (line 7) is to emphasize the speaker's feeling of

4. Lines 8–9 ("The peas . . . apart") the speaker's main intention is to

5. Which of the following is a subject treated in the poem?

6. The speaker views the "family reunion" as

7. The speaker gives symbolic significance to which of the following?

I. feeding the birds with suet (line 14)

II. thawing lungs and kidneys for the cat (line 15)

III. a ring of wire (lines 16–17)

IV. the gouged pine table (line 18)

8. In line 20, the words "Benign and dozy" function as which of the following?

9. In the last section of the poem (lines 26–30), the speaker seeks to convey feelings of

10. Which of the following images best conveys the central theme of the poem