CLEP American Literature Exam Practice Questions
1. Which of the following is NOT a poem by Anne Bradstreet?
A. "Before the Birth of One of Her Children"
C. "Upon the Burning of our House, July 10, 1666"
D. "A Funeral Poem on the Death of C.E."
E. "A Dialogue Between Old England and New
2. The biblical phrase "city upon a hill" is also found in which of the following works?
A. Jonathan Edwards' "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"
B. William Bradford's "History of Plymouth Plantation"
C. John Winthrop's "A Model of Christian Charity"
D. Samuel Sewall's "The Diary of Samuel Sewall"
E. Cotton Mather's "Magnalia Christi Americana"
3. Which of the following authors was dubbed "The Poet of the American Revolution"?
A. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
B. Anne Bradstreet
C. William Cullen Bryant
D. Philip Freneau
E. Ebenezer Cooke
4. Which of the following is NOT an example of a prominent form of Colonial American literature?
A. Pamphlets extolling the benefits of the colonies
B. Journals discussing religious foundations and disputes
C. Writings describing interactions and conflicts with the Indians
D. Patriotic poems and songs
E. Novels depicting regional dialect
"About three o'clock afternoon, I begun my Journey from Boston to New-Haven; being about two Hundred Mile. My kinsman, Capt. Robert Luist, waited on me as farr as Dedham, where I was to meet y Western post."
The above passage is the first excerpt from which of the following works?
A. "The Journal of Madam Knight" by Sarah Kemble Knight
B. "The Narrative of the Captivity" by Mary Rowlandson
C. "Upon the Burning of our House" by Anne Bradstreet
D. "The Gleaner" by Judith Sargent Murray
E. "A Farewell to America to Mrs. S.W." by Phillis Wheatley
6. Which of the following best describes James Fenimore Cooper's fictitious character Natty Bumppo?
A. An outlaw who took part in the kidnapping of two pioneer sisters
B. A desperate, southern character longing to escape from his circumstances
C. A near-fearless warrior who grew up with Native Americans
D. A New England minister who took a stand against slavery
E. A captain in pursuit of an impossible catch
7. "A Pretty Story" by Francis Hopkinson can best be described as which of the following?
A. The making of the American flag
B. A skeptical examination of the relationship between Great Britain and the colonies
C. A compilation of songs composed by Hopkinson
D. Reflections on Hopkinson's life in Philadelphia
E. An allegorical work likening the royal government to a tree
"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
The above passage ends the famous speech delivered by which of the following?
A. Thomas Jefferson
B. Patrick Henry
C. Washington Irving
D. Joseph Galloway
E. John Winthrop
"I prize thy love more than whole Mines of gold
Or all the riches that the East doth hold.
My love is such that Rivers cannot quench,
Nor ought but love from thee give recompense."
The above passage from Anne Bradstreet's "To My Dear and Loving Husband" represents which of the following two literary devices?
A. Paradox and Simile
B. Imagery and Irony
C. Iambic Pentameter and Foreshadowing
D. Hyperbole and Metaphor
E. Personification and Parallelism
"Still was the night, Serene and Bright,
when all Men sleeping lay;
Calm was the season, and carnal reason
thought so 'twould last for ay.
Soul, take thine ease, let sorrow cease,
much good thou hast in store:
This was their Song, their Cups among,
the Evening before."
The above passage from Michael Wigglesworth's "The Day of Doom" best describes which of the following?
A. The security of the world before Christ's coming to judgment
B. A description of man just before he awakens
C. Christ's sheep separated from the goats
D. A full moon on a summer evening
E. The majesty of Christ's appearance on judgment day