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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Sonnet 18: Johore Trial exam 2010 - Test yourself

Read the following stanzas of Sonnet 18 and answer the questions that follow.

SONNET 18

                                        Shall I compare thee to a summers’s day?
                                        Thou art more lovely more temperate.
                                        Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
                                        And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
                                        Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
                                        And often is his gold complexion dimm’d;
                                        And every fair from fair sometimes declines,
                                        By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimm’d;
                                        But thy eternal summer shall not fade
                                        Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st;
                                        Nor shall Death brag thou wand’rest in his shade,
                                        When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st;
                                                    So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
                                                    So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

William Shakespeare

a)     What does the persona compare 'a summer's day' to?

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b)      What does the persona refer to 'as darling buds of May' ?

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c)      The word this in line 14 refers to

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d)      'By thy eternal summer shall not fade.'
         In your own words, what does the persona mean by the line above?

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2005
Terengganu Trial [Paper 1]

2007
Johor Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Terengganu Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Pahang Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2] [Answers], Melaka Trial 2007 [Paper 1] [Paper 2], TIMES [Paper 1] [Paper 2] SPB [Paper 1] [Paper 2]

2008

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2009

Terengganu TOV [Paper 1] [Paper 2] Terengganu Mid Year [Paper 1] [Paper 2]
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