The American Tradition, Grade 11
Unit 1 Genres and Techniques of Literature
Unit 2 Origins of the American Tradition
Unit 3 The American Revolution
Unit 4 The New England Renaissance
Unit 5 Slavery and the Civil War
Unit 6 Frontiers
Unit 7 The Modern Era
Unit 8 The Harlem Renaissance
Unit 9 Modern Drama
Unit 10 Postwar Literature
Unit 11 Early Contemporary Literature
Unit 12 Contemporary Literature
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The American Tradition, Grade 11 : Unit 4 The New England Renaissance : The Raven / Edgar Allen Poe : Test Practice

The Raven / Edgar Allen Poe

Test Practice

Use Context Clues

With your partner, discuss how to answer these vocabulary questions.

1. Read these lines from the poem.
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore
What does the word pondered mean?
a. slept
b. yawned
c. thought
d. worried


What is the correct answer to the question above? How did the information you gathered while reading help you eliminate the incorrect answers?

2. Which of the following words would be the best synonym for the word gaunt as used in the line “this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore”?
a. glorious
b. desolate
c. heavenly
d. giant


What is the correct answer to the question above? Explain how you chose that answer.

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