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Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

The following sample questions do not appear on an actual CLEP examination. They are intended to give potential test-takers an indication of the format and difficulty level of the examination and provide content for practice and review. For more sample questions and information about the test, see the CLEP Official Study Guide.

Question 1 of 9

My Sorrow, when she's here with me, 
  Thinks these dark days of autumn rain 
Are beautiful as days can be; 
She loves the bare, the withered tree; 
  She walks the sodden pasture lane.5
Her pleasure will not let me stay. 
 She talks and I am fain* to list*: 
She's glad the birds are gone away, 
She's glad her simple worsted grey 
  Is silver now with clinging mist.10
The desolate, deserted trees, 
  The faded earth, the heavy sky, 
The beauties she so truly sees, 
She thinks I have no eye for these, 
  And vexes me for reason why.15
Not yesterday I learned to know 
  The love of bare November days 
Before the coming of the snow; 
But it were vain to tell her so, 
  And they are better for her praise.20

The central subject of the poem is

  • A.

    a couple's conversation about which season each prefers

  • B.

    the speaker's dislike of autumn weather

  • C.

    the speaker's desire to spend time with his companion

  • D.

    how sadness helps the speaker appreciate late autumn

  • E.

    why the speaker's companion is looking forward to winter

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