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As a preacher, Edwards uses his sermon to
a) raise money for his church. b) frighten his congregation into seizing the opportunity of salvation. c) persuade his congregation to have faith in God. d) rouse his congregation to revolt against England.
What does the apparel at the end of “Huswifery” stand for?
a) the poet’s soul b) Paradise c) the poet’s body d) God’s grace
To paraphrase either poem, which would you do first?
a) Rewrite the poem in your own words. b) Read the information in the footnotes. c) Find the subject of each sentence. d) Analyze the metaphors in the poem.
Which of these details is the best example of the references to everyday objects typical of the Puritan Plain Style?
a) the whole mines of gold “To My Dear and Loving Husband” b) the riches of the East in “To My Dear and Loving Husband” c) the Lord’s ordinances in “Huswifery” d) the spinning wheel in “Huswifery”
When the speaker says “Then clothe therewith mine understanding, will, / Affections, judgment, conscience, memory / My words, and actions,” he is
a) asking God to guide his thoughts, words, and deeds. b) requesting that God hide him from the rest of the world. c) confessing that he does not always follow God’s rules. d) reminding God that he needs help understanding his own faith.
In his first stanza, Taylor develops his elaborate metaphor by
a) creating an image of God as an eternal spool of thread. b) comparing parts of his being with parts of a spinning wheel. c) addressing his spinning wheel as if it could supply him with God’s glory. d) drawing parallels between God and a spinning wheel.
In “Huswifery,” what is Taylor’s most likely reason for using vivid and elaborate images not typical of the Puritan Plain Style?
a) He wants his poetry to reflect his elegant lifestyle. b) He wants his words to shine with God’s glory. c) He believes that poets should dazzle their audiences. d) He wants to be different from other writers of his time and place.
The speaker in “Huswifery” addresses
a) a housewife. b) housework. c) a spinning wheel, a loom, and the fabric produced on them. d) the Lord.
Around what task or tasks does “Huswifery” center?
a) spinning and weaving. b) getting dressed. c) all the tasks of houekeeping. d) dyeing cloth.
The central idea of “Huswifery” expresses the speaker’s desire to
a) become godlike. b) have beautiful clothes. c) receive God’s grace. d) find a heavenly reward here on earth.
Which statement below is the best paraphrase of the following lines? If ever wife was happy in a man, Compare with me ye women if you can.
a) If ever a wife brought happiness to her man, then I do. b) Compared to all other wives, I am the best. c) If another woman were married to my husband, she would not be as happy. d) No woman could be happier with her husband than I am.
The lines “If ever two were one, then surely we. / If ever man were lov’d by wife, then thee” illustrate the Puritan Plain Style because they
a) rhyme. b) make references to everyday objects. c) use simple, common words. d) focus on the love between a man and a woman.
What chief emotions does the speaker in Bradstreet’s poem express?
a) respect and admiration for her husband b) concern and anxiety about the permanence of her marriage c) love for and happiness with her husband d) fear of death
Since his love is too great for her to repay, the speaker wishes that
a) her husband acquire mines of gold. b) her husband experience the riches of the East. c) the heavens reward her husband. d) she could learn to love her husband as much as he loves her.
The speaker of “To My Dear and Loving Husband” addresses
a) her husband b) herself c) the puritan leadership council d) the Lord
The central idea of “To My Dear and Loving Husband” is that
a) other women cannot possibly be as happy as the speaker. b) the speaker loves her husband more than she loves God. c) heaven will repay the speaker’s loving husband with eternal life. d) the love the speaker shares with her husband is deep and lasting.
What is the central message of the sermon?
a) There is no hope for salvation. b) The only hope for salvation is in good deeds. c) The only hope for salvation is through Christian rebirth. d) Sinners can save their souls through constant prayer.
Edwards’s vivid descriptions of Hell are meant to
a) frighten his audience. b) amuse his audience. c) fascinate his audience. d) make his audience feel superior.
Which of these people or forces does the sermon indicate is the most powerful?
a) Hell b) God c) the congregations as a whole d) preachers like Edwards
Edwards assumes that the members of his congregation believe that they are
a) righteous. b) aristocratic. c) sinful. d) immortal.
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