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31. How would you describe the impact of separation on
the poet's character?
a) She has moved on with some difficulty
b) Her life has remained static
c) She longs for the strength to move on
d) She has successful overcome the loss
32. Identify the figurative device used in line 3, "a million
33. What is the general mood of the poem?
34. In (lines 9 and 10), the poet says "while you weren't
here, I gained some in age". The word "age" refers to:
a) Growing older
b) Increasing in wisdom
c) the passage of time
35. Which stanza speaks of the growth which has oc-
curred in the poet's life?
a) Stanza 3
b) Stanza 6
c) Stanza 4
d) Stanza 7
36. In (line 23 stanza 6) the poet speaks of having "to
stand on my own feet" to suggest
37. All of the following statements are TRUE except
a) The poet is well equipped to deal with life's
b) The poet is learning to deal with the rigors of life.
c) The poet still struggles with the uncertainties
d) The poet has made some strides.
38. Based on your understanding, what has been the
greatest challenge for the poet?
a) Being deprived of a childhood
b) Being responsible for her survival
c) Having to combat loneliness and fear
d) Having to confront indecision
39. The poet has benefitted from the experience of hav-
ing to stand alone in all of the following ways EXCEPT
a) Learning to trust her judgment
b) Providing for her upkeep
c) Having to rely on self
d) Embracing change
40. What is the intention of the last six lines of the poem?
a) To express how much life has changed
b) To convey the poet's longing for a life she once
c) It is a testament of the poet's struggle
d) To show the extent to which the poet's life
hinges on the past
DIRECTION: Read the passage carefully before attempting the questions. Each question has four options, select the
most appropriate answer, based on what is contained or implied in the passage.
THE EIFFEL TOWER
Originally intended as a temporary installation, the Eiffel Tower
has become one of the most enduring symbols of France and
the industrial age.
When Gustave Eiffel's company built Paris' most recognizable
monument for the 1889 World's Fair, many regarded the mas-
sive iron structure with skepticism. Today, the Eiffel Tower,
which continues to serve an important role in television and
radio broadcasts, is considered an architectural wonder and
In 1889, Paris hosted an Exposition Universelle (World's Fair)
to mark the 100-year anniversary of the French Revolution.
More than 100 artists submitted competing plans for a mon-
ument to be built on the Champ-de-Mars, located in central
Paris, and serve as the exposition's entrance. The commission
was granted to Eiffel et Compagnie, a consulting and construc-
tion firm owned by the acclaimed bridge builder, architect and
metals expert Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel. While Eiffel himself
often receives full credit for the monument that bears his
name, it was one of his employees---a structural engineer
named Maurice Koechlin---who came up with and fine-tuned
the concept. Several years earlier, the pair had collaborated on
the Statue of Liberty's metal armature.
Did You Know? The base pillars of the Eiffel Tower are oriented
with the four points of the compass.
Eiffel reportedly rejected Koechlin's original plan for the tower,
instructing him to add more ornate flourishes. The final design
called for more than 18,000 pieces of puddle iron, a type of
wrought iron used in construction, and 2.5 million rivets. Several
hundred workers spent two years assembling the framework
of the iconic lattice tower, which at its inauguration in March
1889 stood nearly 10,000 feet high and was the tallest struc-
ture in the world---a distinction it held until the completion of
New York City's Chrysler Building in 1930. (In 1957, an antenna
was added that increased the structure's height by 65 feet,
making it taller than the Chrysler Building, but not the Empire
State Building, which had surpassed its neighbor in 1931.) Ini-
tially, only the Eiffel Tower's second-floor platform was open
to the public; later, all three levels, two of which now feature
restaurants, would be reachable by stairway or one of eight el-
Millions of visitors during and after the World's Fair marveled
at Paris' newly erected architectural wonder. Not all of the city's
inhabitants were as enthusiastic, however: Many Parisians ei-
ther feared it was structurally unsound or considered it an eye-
sore. The novelist Guy de Maupassant, for example, allegedly
hated the tower so much that he often ate lunch in the restau-
rant at its base, the only vantage point from which he could
completely avoid glimpsing its looming silhouette.
Originally intended as a temporary exhibit, the Eiffel Tower was
almost torn down and scrapped in 1909. City officials opted to
save it after recognizing its value as a radiotelegraph station.
Several years later, during World War I, the Eiffel Tower inter-
cepted enemy radio communications, relayed zeppelin alerts
and was used to dispatch emergency troop reinforcements. It
escaped destruction a second time during World War II: Hitler
initially ordered the demolition of the city's most cherished
symbol, but the command was never carried out. Also during
the German occupation of Paris, French resistance fighters fa-
mously cut the Eiffel Tower's elevator cables so that the Nazis
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And oh how I wish that
Things could be different
That I could go back
To a time in the past
To a time before
You weren't here
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