1. What is the basic form of a sonnet?
six lines plus a rhyming sestet
2. In Spenser's Sonnet 75, the speaker writes his love's name in the sand. What is his main message to his love in this poem? (1 point)
He will love her forever.
His poem will make their love immortal.
Their love has survived great suffering.
The pleasures of love end with death.
3. These lines are from Spenser's Sonnet 1:
When ye behold that angel's blessed look, / My soul's long lacked food, my heaven's bliss.
Restating this thought in a simpler way is an example of what?
4. Which is the best paraphrase of this line from Spenser's Sonnet 35?
All this world's glory seemeth vain to me . . .
The greatest things in life seem meaningless to me.
The world is a great place to live.
I have not received the glory and honor I have earned.
The wonders of this world are too great to enjoy in a short life.
5. In Sidney's Sonnet 39, the speaker asks sleep to “make in me those civil wars to cease.” What does he mean by “civil wars”?
a quarrel between the speaker and Stella
the speaker's anger toward society
the war going on in England between the common people and the king
the conflict and despair he feels because of his love for Stella
6. How is a Spenserian sonnet different from a Petrarchan sonnet?
A Spenserian sonnet was always written as part of a sequence.
A Spenserian sonnet deals with love and the natural world.
A Spenserian sonnet has a different rhyme scheme.
A Spenserian sonnet has a different number of lines.
7. Which characteristic of Shakespearean sonnets is found in Sonnets 29, 106, 116, and 130?
fourteen lines plus a rhymed couplet
an idealized view of love and life
a conclusion in the final two lines
an irregular rhyme scheme
8. What is the theme of Sonnet 29?
The speaker must learn to live with his disappointments.
The memory of the speaker's beloved makes up for all of life's troubles.
Life's greatest disappointment is to live alone.
Even a hopeless love is better than any other experience.
9. In Sonnet 106, Shakespeare talks about his beloved's beauty. What does he mean when he says we “lack tongues to praise”?
We do not like to make compliments.
We do not have the skill to describe her beauty.
We are no longer able to say romantic things.
We do not say certain things out loud.