Sample Questions

  Questions on the Literature Subject Test are presented as sets of questions about reading selections. The directions that follow are identical to those in the test. All questions on the test are multiple-choice questions in which you must choose the BEST response from the fi ve choices offered. For these sample materials and for the actual test, the date printed at the end of each passage or poem is the original publication date or, in some cases, the estimated date of composition.

  Directions: This test consists of selections from literary works and questions on their content, form, and style. After reading each passage or poem, choose the best answer to each question and fi ll in the corresponding circle on the answer sheet.

  Note: Pay particular attention to the requirement of questions that contain the words NOT, LEAST, or EXCEPT.

  1. After Granny’s “Good mornin” (line 7), the camera man probably behaves as he does because he

  (A) is made to realize that he is intruding

  (B) suspects that he is in physical danger

  (C) hopes to win Granny’s affection by appearing at ease

  (D) is relieved that an adult is present

  (E) realizes that he is disturbing the tidiness of the yard

  2. The tone of “Now, aunty” (line 37) is most accurately described as

  (A) expectant

  (B) patronizing

  (C) accusatory

  (D) obedient

  (E) respectful

  3. Granny’s fi nal comment can best be understood as a

  (A) reluctant confession

  (B) tentative assertion

  (C) witty joke

  (D) surprising revelation

  (E) strong rebuke

  4. The episode reveals a confl ict between

  (A) propriety and impertinence

  (B) virtue and corruption

  (C) kindness and cruelty

  (D) passiveness and aggression

  (E) refi nement and grossness

  Correct Answers:1. A 2. B 3. E 4. A