Meter, Rhyme Scheme, and Forms of Poetry Quiz

How much do you know about poetic forms? Take this quiz and find out!

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How much do you know about poetic forms? Take this quiz and find out!

1.

There once was a man from Peru
Who dreamt he was eating his shoe.
He awoke in a fright
In the middle of the night
And found it was perfectly true.

What kind of poem is this?

  • Haiku.
  • Limerick.
  • Sonnet.
  • Ballad.

2. A typical Emily Dickinson poem goes like this:

I felt a cleaving in my mind
   As if my brain had split;
I tried to match it, seam by seam,
   But could not make them fit.

The thought behind I strove to join
   Unto the thought before,
But sequence ravelled out of reach
   Like balls upon a floor.

What kind of meter is this?

  • Iambic pentameter.
  • Trochaic septameter.
  • Sprung rhythm.
  • Common meter.

3.

Five syllables start
Seven syllables follow
Five syllables end

What kind of poem is this?

  • Haiku.
  • Limerick.
  • Triolet.
  • Sonnet.

4.

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

These lines, from Joyce Kilmer's "Trees," are an example of what?

  • A quatrain.
  • A tercet.
  • A couplet.
  • Ottava rima.

5.

I do not like green eggs and ham.
I do not like them, Sam-I-Am.

What kind of meter is used in these lines by Dr. Seuss?

  • Iambic pentameter.
  • Iambic tetrameter.
  • Iambic hexameter.
  • Trochaic tetrameter.

6.

I love this website more than collard greens;
It tells me everything I'd like to know
About the world, the history of jeans,
Each country, city, mountain, and plateau.
Their homework center has some nifty stuff.
The periodic table's pretty cool.
It's not just useless filler, mindless fluff;
It helps me with the things I learn in school.
The quizzes that it has are lots of fun!
On holidays, and books on Harry Potter.
I'm working on one now-- I'm halfway done!
I'll be a credit to my alma mater.
But just as I am looking up "commuter,"
My bedtime comes. I'll shut off my computer.

What kind of poem is this?

  • Haiku.
  • Limerick.
  • Sonnet.
  • Terza rima.

7.

Since I've stopped completing dinner,
My waist has slowly gotten thinner.
I think this diet is a winner!

What are these lines an example of?

  • A tercet.
  • A triolet.
  • A triangle.
  • A tricorder.

8. Which of the following poetic forms has the most lines?

  • Haiku.
  • Limerick.
  • Triolet.
  • Sonnet.

9.

Criseyde was this lady name a-right;
As to my dome, in al Troyes citee
Nas noon so fair, for passing every wight
So aungellyk was hir natyf beautee,
That lyk a thing immortal semed she,
As doth an hevenish parfit creature,
That doun were sent in scorning of nature.

In what form is this stanza by Chaucer?

  • Rhyme royal.
  • Quatrain.
  • Septrain.
  • Blank verse.

10. In what way does an Italian (or Petrarchan) sonnet differ from the English (Shakespearean) form?

  • Length.
  • Language.
  • Rhyme scene.
  • All of the above.

Your Results:

1.

There once was a man from Peru
Who dreamt he was eating his shoe.
He awoke in a fright
In the middle of the night
And found it was perfectly true.

What kind of poem is this?
Limerick.

2. A typical Emily Dickinson poem goes like this:

I felt a cleaving in my mind
   As if my brain had split;
I tried to match it, seam by seam,
   But could not make them fit.

The thought behind I strove to join
   Unto the thought before,
But sequence ravelled out of reach
   Like balls upon a floor.

What kind of meter is this?
Common meter.

3.

Five syllables start
Seven syllables follow
Five syllables end

What kind of poem is this?
Haiku.

4.

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

These lines, from Joyce Kilmer's "Trees," are an example of what?
A couplet.

5.

I do not like green eggs and ham.
I do not like them, Sam-I-Am.

What kind of meter is used in these lines by Dr. Seuss?
Iambic tetrameter.

6.

I love this website more than collard greens;
It tells me everything I'd like to know
About the world, the history of jeans,
Each country, city, mountain, and plateau.
Their homework center has some nifty stuff.
The periodic table's pretty cool.
It's not just useless filler, mindless fluff;
It helps me with the things I learn in school.
The quizzes that it has are lots of fun!
On holidays, and books on Harry Potter.
I'm working on one now-- I'm halfway done!
I'll be a credit to my alma mater.
But just as I am looking up "commuter,"
My bedtime comes. I'll shut off my computer.

What kind of poem is this?
Sonnet.

7.

Since I've stopped completing dinner,
My waist has slowly gotten thinner.
I think this diet is a winner!

What are these lines an example of?
A tercet.

8. Which of the following poetic forms has the most lines?
Sonnet.

9.

Criseyde was this lady name a-right;
As to my dome, in al Troyes citee
Nas noon so fair, for passing every wight
So aungellyk was hir natyf beautee,
That lyk a thing immortal semed she,
As doth an hevenish parfit creature,
That doun were sent in scorning of nature.

In what form is this stanza by Chaucer?
Rhyme royal.

10. In what way does an Italian (or Petrarchan) sonnet differ from the English (Shakespearean) form?
Rhyme scene.

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