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Poetry Test Study Guide

Name: ______________________________
My test is on March 25th .

My study guide is due March 24th
My test will cover:


  1. speaker- the person who is assumed to be speaking.

  2. rhyme- recurring identical or similar final word sounds within or at the ends of lines of verse (ex. Farm/harm).

  3. lyric- the words of a song.

  4. repetition- repeated use of sounds, words, or ideas for effect and emphasis.

  5. line- a verse of poetry- usually one row.

  6. stanza- One of the divisions of a poem, composed of two or more lines usually characterized by a common pattern of meter, rhyme, and number of lines.

  7. rhyme scheme- the arrangement of rhymes in a stanza or poem- usually aabb, abab, abcb, or abba.

  8. alliteration: the repeating constant sound at the beginning of a sentence. Peter Piper Picked

  9. couplet- a poem that consists of 2 lined stanzas that rhyme.

  10. quatrain- a poem that has 4 lined stanzas and a specific rhyme scheme.

  11. free verse- a poem that does not have a set rhyme or rhythm. Its main focus is on line break and how the poem sounds- using alliteration, assonance, and consonance to create this.

  12. ballad- the lyrics to a song which tells a story. Every ballad should have a chorus and several verses.

Be able to apply the following to a poem:
Figurative language

Vocabulary for literature terms (i.e.: theme, point of view, purpose in writing).

Context clues


Ways to study:

Study Island: poetic structure

Poetry packet

Poetry terms listed above

Practice pages (attached)
In My World”

Wings are made of dreams.

Dreams are made of clouds.

Clouds are made of cotton.

Cotton is made of flowers.

Flowers are made of colors.

Colors are made of butterflies.

Butterflies are made of wings.

Wings are made of dreams.

  1. Which lines uses the device of repetition? _________________________________________________

  2. What type of poem is it? _______________________________________________________________

  3. Based on the poem, how does the poet feel about dreams?

    1. Dreams can cause problems

    2. Dreams can be good, but you have to be careful

    3. Dreams are wonderful to have

    4. Dreams can be had by all animals on Earth.

Deserted Farm”

Mark Vinz

Where the barn stood

The empty milking stalls rise up

Like the skeleton of an ancient sea beast,

Exiled forever on shores of prairie.

Decaying timber moans softly in twilight;

The house collapses like a broken prayer.

Tomorrow the heavy lilac blossoms will open

Higher than the roof beams, reeling in the wind.

4. The first stanza is describing____________________________________
5.What is the mood of this poem?

a. Uncertainty

b. Devastated

c. Cheerful

d. Outgoing
6. Which of the elements are used by the author to enhance the reader’s understanding?





7. What type of poem is “Deserted Farm”


b.Free verse


8. The line “Tomorrow heavy lilac blooms will open” appeals to what sense?

a. smell

b. hear

c. touch

d. taste


Mel always tried to hide my things from me.

My coins, cakes, cashews and candy.

One day she even hid my book from me;

The one with colors and pretty songs.

I bought a little box for my treasures,

And safely kept it underneath my bed.

She stole its keys only for her pleasure.

That girl can find anything I won’t share.

When I gave up and stopped on hiding,

She never touched my things!
9. What kind of figurative language is used in line two ?

a. alliteration

b. simile

c. metaphor

d. onomatopoeia

  1. What caused Melanie to give up? ________________________________________________________

  2. What is the tone of this poem?__________________________________________________________

  3. What point of view is used in this poem?___________________________________________________

  4. Who is the speaker of this poem?

    1. A parent

    2. A sibling

    3. Mel

    4. A friend

The Cattle and the Dark

When all the calves

let their hooves

separate the dust

from the ground,

as if the brown dust

would reach the golden sky,

and meet the yellow sun

that watched them

return home

before it went to sleep,

I breathed as long as I could

to smell the summer soil.

I went home too.

  1. How many lines are in this poem?________

  2. How many stanzas are in this poem?______

  3. Which line from the poem is an example of visual imagery of the beauty of a cattle drive?

    1. To smell the summer soil

    2. Separate the dust

    3. Would reach the golden sky

    4. When all the calves

  1. Which line contains personification?___

  2. What type of poem is this? ____________________________________

Forgot to Slow Down

Between Monday and Friday,

Sunrise and sundown,

Red-light and stop-sign,

Coffee and dinner,

paycheck and pension,

gray suit and khaki pants,

I missed growing old.

Now a wrinkled face

stares at me always

in my mirrors.

I don’t know


he is.

  1. What type of poem is it? ______________________________________________________________

  1. By putting the word “Who” on its own line, the author caused you, the reader, to pause. Why would the author want you to pause right there? _________________________________________________

  1. Circle the correct answers.

Why did the poet write the poem above?

To show how he spent everyday

To show the time goes quickly

To warn people to slow down

To tell people to appreciate life


So precious are true friends who lend their ears

And give their time to wipe away sad tears.

  1. What type of poem is it? _____________________

  2. What is the main idea of the poem?

    1. Friends cry with you

    2. Friends help you through hard times

    3. Friends can’t always help

    4. Friends are nice to have.

Warteena Weere Just Bit My Ear

By Jack Prelutsky
Warteena Weere just bit my ear, ___

She mopped my face with dirt, ____

She popped a glop of bubblegum ____

And dropped it down my shirt. ____

She plopped her ice cream in my hair, ___

She bopped me with her shoe, ___

I think Warteena likes me. ___

I think I like her too! ___

  1. Label the rhyme scheme of this poem.

  2. What type of poem is it? ______________________________________________________________

  3. What is it about the poem that helped you figure out its type? ________________________________

  4. What type of figurative language is in line one? ____________________________________________

  5. Why does the speaker think Warteena likes him? ___________________________________________

Love is a Battlefield
We are strong

No one can tell us we're wrong

Searching our hearts for so long

Both of us knowing

Love is a battlefield
You're begging me to go

Then making me stay

Why do you hurt me so bad

It would help me to know

Do I stand in your way

Or am I the best thing you've had

Believe me

Believe me

I can't tell you why

But I'm trapped by your love

And I'm chained to your side
We are young

Heartache to heartache we stand

No promises

No demands

Love is a battlefield
We are strong

No one can tell us we're wrong

Searching our hearts for so long

Both of us knowing

Love is a battlefield

  1. What type of poem is it? _______________________________________

  1. How many stanzas are in this poem? ________

  1. What type of figurative language is the title? _______________________________________

  1. What is the rhyme scheme of the chorus?

    1. AAABC

    2. AABBAB

    3. AABBC

    4. AAABB

  1. Circle the correct answers

Which of the following are examples of repetition?

Love is a battlefield

Then making me stay

Searching our hearts

And I’m chained to your side

  1. Circle the correct answers

Which lines from the poem contain examples of hyperbole?

Love is a battlefield

But I'm trapped by your love

And I’m chained to your side

We are strong

Because You Are My Friend”

By Joanna Fuchs

Because you are my friend,
my life is enriched in a variety of ways.
Like a cool breeze on a sweltering day,
like a ray of sunshine parting moving clouds,
you lift me up.
In good times, we soar,
we are weightless balloons
over neon rainbows.
In bad times, you are a soothing pool
for my weary soul.
I learn so much from you;
you help me see old things in new ways.
I wonder if you are aware
of the bright seeds you are sowing in me.
I'm a better person for knowing you,
so that everyone I interact with
is touched by your good effect on me.
You relax me, refresh me, renew me.
Your generous heart envelops me
in joy and love and peace.
May your life be filled
with dazzling blessings,
just as I am blessed
by being your friend.

  1. What type of poem is this?

  1. limerick

  2. free verse

  3. quatrain

  4. couplet

  1. What does the word variety mean in line 2 of this poem?

  1. one important thing

  2. a collection of different things

  3. a comedy show

  4. a series of short unrelated performances or acts

38. What poetic device is used in line 4 of this poem?

like a ray of sunshine parting moving clouds”

A. simile

B. metaphor

C. repetition

D. rhyme scheme

39. Choose the best answer that shows the author’s purpose in writing this poem?

A. inform

B. describe

C. entertain

D. persuade

40. Which line in the poem uses a metaphor to describe the friend?

A. “Like a cool breeze on a sweltering day”

B. “we are weightless balloons”

C. “I'm a better person for knowing you”

D. “just as I am blessed”

41. Which of the following expresses the best theme for this poem?

A. Follow your dreams

B. Never be afraid to ask for help

C. Two wrongs don’t make a right

D. Having a good friend makes you a better person
42. Which word from line seven contains a suffix that means “without”? _________________
43. Circle the correct answers

Which words best convey the mood of the poem?





44. In line 9, what two things are being compared?

    1. Bad times … pool

    2. You… pool

    3. Friendship… pool

    4. Soothing … pool

45. In which word is the prefix re- used in the same way as renew from the poem?

a. reappear

b. read

c. reaction


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