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Students,
This is your semester exam study guide. You are responsible for the answers to the questions. I will not provide you with the correct answers. All of the test questions are taken from stories we read in class this semester. What does carpe diem mean?

A. live for tomorrow
B. prepare for death
C. seize the day
D. life is long

Carpe diem is a main theme of “To His Coy Mistress.” Which of these lines best expresses this theme?
A. “. . . though we cannot make our sun / Stand still, yet we will make him run.”
B. “My vegetable love should grow / Vaster than empires, and more slow. . . .” C. “The grave’s a fine and private place, / But none I think do there embrace.” D. “. . . I would / Love you ten years before the Flood. . . .”

What does this line from “To His Coy Mistress” mean?

But at my back I always hear / Time’s wingèd chariot hurrying near:

A. Rivals may soon win his mistress’s heart.
B. He is rushing to meet another woman.
C. Death is approaching quickly.
D. His mistress will soon accept his love.

What attitude is expressed in this line from “To His Coy Mistress”? The grave’s a fine and private place, / But none I think do there embrace. A. eagerness to enjoy in life’s pleasures and confidence in life after death B. acceptance of death but disappointment that it ends love’s pleasures C. desire for death and an end to earthly passions and pains D. belief that life and the pleasures of love will continue after death

What is the speaker’s message to his mistress in “To His Coy Mistress”? A. Love is the most important part of life.
B. Life cannot be enjoyed without his beloved’s love.
C. Life is short, so let us love while we can.
D. Life is ending, so let us prepare for death.

Carpe diem is the theme of “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time.” Which of these lines best expresses that theme?
A. “That age is best which is the first. . . .”
B. “For, having lost but once your prime, / You may forever tarry.” C. “But being spent, the worse, and worst / Times still succeed the former.” D. “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, / Old time is still a-flying. . . .”

What is the meaning of the flower in these lines from “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time”?
And this same flower that smiles today / Tomorrow will be dying. A. death
B. life
C. friendship
D. happiness

In which sentence is the italicized vocabulary word used incorrectly? A. After disappointment in love, he had become prime and sickly. B. In “To His Coy Mistress,” an amorous young man addresses his love. C. Because his love was not returned, the young man languished. D. His beloved’s coyness left him unsure of what to expect.

In which sentence is the italicized vocabulary word used incorrectly? A. Some say that spring is the prime season for falling in love. B. He tried to resist but his wan feelings made him want her love. C. Because his love was not returned, the young man languished. D. The young man felt sure his beloved would prevail over her illness.

Which of the following lines from “To His Coy Mistress” best expresses the carpe diem theme?
A. “Had we but world enough, and time, / This coyness lady were no crime.” B. “Thus, though we cannot make our sun / Stand still, yet we will make him run.” C. “. . . I would / Love you ten years before the Flood. . . .” D. “And the last age should show your heart. / For, lady, you deserve this state, / Nor would I love at lower rate.”

In “To His Coy Mistress,” to what does Marvell allude in the line “Time’s wingèd chariot hurrying near”?
A. a gathering of angels
B. his love’s acceptance of him
C. the approach of death
D. unwanted attentions from his rival

In “To His Coy Mistress,” the lines “The grave’s a fine and private place, / But none I think do there embrace” are an expression of which attitude toward death? A. acceptance of death’s inevitability but disbelief in love’s pleasures there B. denial that life and love end with...