Free CLEP English Literature Exam Practice Questions

April is the cruelest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain

1. These lines from T. S. Eliot’s poem “The Waste Land” were written in which of the following eras?
  1. Medieval
  2. Renaissance
  3. Postmodern
  4. Restoration
  5. Modern
2. The Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf is representative of which of the following techniques often found with Old English poetry?
  1. Alliteration
  2. Free verse
  3. Epenthesis
  4. Parallelism
  5. Chiasmus
3. All of the following novels were written in the 19th century EXCEPT
  1. Pride and Prejudice.
  2. Hard Times.
  3. Gulliver’s Travels.
  4. Lorna Doone.
  5. A Study in Scarlet.

But when to Mischief Mortals bend their Will, How soon they find fit Instruments of Ill! Just then, Clarissa drew with tempting Grace A two-edg’d Weapon from her shining Case; So Ladies in Romance assist their Knight, Present the Spear, and arm him for the Fight. He takes the Gift with rev’rence, and extends The little Engine on his Finger’s Ends: This just behind Belinda ‘s Neck he spread, As o’er the fragrant Steams she bends her Head:

4. These lines derive from which of the following poems?
  1. “Imitations of Horace”
  2. “To His Coy Mistress”
  3. “To Lucasta, Going to the Wars”
  4. “The Rape of the Lock”
  5. “A Hue and Cry after Fair Amoret”

Questions 5 and 6 are based on the following lines from John Donne’s poem “A Valediction Forbidding Mourning.”

1. But we by a love so much refined,
2. That ourselves know not what it is,
3. Inter-assured of the mind,
4. Care less, eyes, lips and hands to miss.
5. Our two souls therefore, which are one,
6. Though I must go, endure not yet
7. A breach, but an expansion,
8. Like gold to aery thinness beat.

5. Based on the context of the lines provided, the word “refined” in line 1 of the passage is closest in meaning to which of the following words?
  1. Sophisticated
  2. Elevated
  3. Purified
  4. Processed
  5. Elite
6. Which of the following best summarizes the second stanza?
  1. When apart, we are not separate because our love grows and connects us in separation.
  2. The two of us are one, even when we are apart.
  3. Our love is so pure that it can be compared with the finest gold.
  4. To endure our separation, we must imagine that we are together, and that belief will draw us closer.
  5. The nature of our love is of such purity that it cannot be described in human terms.
7. Which of the following is a style of novel written as a series of records that might include letters, newspaper articles, or diary entries?
  1. Fictional diaries
  2. Epistolary novels
  3. Stream of consciousness
  4. First-person narration
  5. Rhetorical fashion

Enslav’d, the Daughters of Albion weep: a trembling lamentation Upon their mountains; in their valleys. sighs toward America. For the soft soul of America, Oothoon wanderd in woe, Along the vales of heather seeking flowers to comfort her

8. The lines above were composed by which of the following Romantic poets?
  1. Percy Bysshe Shelley
  2. William Wordsworth
  3. George Gordon, Lord Byron
  4. Sir Walter Scott
  5. William Blake
9. John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress is noteworthy for which of the following stylistic techniques?
  1. Liturgy
  2. Allegory
  3. Fable
  4. Realism
  5. Metonymy

There is but little of this faithful dealing with men now-a-days, and that makes religion to stink so in the nostrils of many as it doth; for they are these talkative fools, whose religion is only in word, and who are debauched and vain in their conversation, that (being so much admitted into the fellowship of the godly) do puzzle the world, blemish Christianity, and grieve the sincere. I wish that all men would deal with such as you have done; then should they either be made more conformable to religion, or the company of saints would be too hot for them.

10. In these lines from Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress , the character Christian complains that the religious people of his day manifest which of the following problems?
  1. Vanity
  2. Confusion
  3. Creativity
  4. Hypocrisy
  5. Persistence

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