AP English Literature and Composition Practice Test 30

Questions 1-10 refer to the following information.

Channel Firing

That night your great guns, unawares,
Shook all our coffins as we lay,
And broke the chancel1 window-squares,
We thought it was the Judgment-day
05And sat upright. While drearisome
Arose the howl of wakened hounds:
The mouse let fall the altar-crumb,
The worms drew back into the mounds,
The glebe cow2 drooled. Till God called, "No;
10It's gunnery practice out at sea
Just as before you went below;
The world is as it used to be:
"All nations striving strong to make
Red war yet redder. Mad as hatters
15They do no more for Christés sake
Than you who are helpless in such matters.
"That this is not the judgment-hour
For some of them's a blessed thing,
For if it were they'd have to scour
20Hell's floor for so much threatening …
"Ha, ha. It will be warmer when
I blow the trumpet (if indeed
I ever do; for you are men,
And rest eternal sorely need)."
25So down we lay again. "I wonder,
Will the world ever saner be,"
Said one, "than when He sent us under
In our indifferent century!"
And many a skeleton shook his head.
30"Instead of preaching forty year,"
My neighbor Parson Thirdly said,
"I wish I had stuck to pipes and beer."
Again the guns disturbed the hour,
Roaring their readiness to avenge,
35As far inland as the Stourton Tower,3
And Camelot4, and starlit Stonehenge.5

—Thomas Hardy (1914)

1 area in a church holding the altar and the choir
2 cow put out to pasture on church land
3 tower built to honor Alfred the Great's victory over the Danes
4 King Arthur's castle
5 prehistoric megalithic circle on Salisbury Plain

1. The dramatic situation of the poem can best be described as

2. In line 14, "Red" metaphorically describes the

3. God's laugh ("Ha, ha") in line 21 is meant to illustrate that

4. In line 27 "sent us under" is best interpreted as

5. In its context, the word "indifferent" (line 28) can best be interpreted as

6. From line 32 to line 33 the tone of the poem shifts from

7. The allusions in lines 35 and 36 serve all of the following purposes EXCEPT

8. The reference to "Christés sake" (line 15) is echoed in

9. The poem's main theme might best be described as

10. Which of the following literary devices is most prominent in the quoted passages found throughout the poem?