Form and Structure in 'If We Must Die'

In our fourth lesson on the poem 'If We Must Die', we will look at the sonnet form and see what Claude McKay has in common with William Shakespeare. We'll look at how McKay uses and plays with a tradition of poetry which stretches back over 800 years.

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Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

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Q1.What is imagery?

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Q2.What is a metaphor?

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Q3.Which of these is a simile to describe the treatment of the oppressed in the poem?

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Q4.Which quotation includes brutal bestial imagery?

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Q5.What does it mean to be dignified?

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Q6.What can we call these letters: t, k, p d, g, and b?

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Q7.Which of these words from the poem contains plosives?

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Q8.Why does McKay use plosives in 'If We Must Die'?

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Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Question 1

Question 2

Question 3

Question 4

Question 5

Question 6

Question 7

Question 8

Q1.What is imagery?

1/8

Q2.What is a metaphor?

2/8

Q3.Which of these is a simile to describe the treatment of the oppressed in the poem?

3/8

Q4.Which quotation includes brutal bestial imagery?

4/8

Q5.What does it mean to be dignified?

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Q6.What can we call these letters: t, k, p d, g, and b?

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Q7.Which of these words from the poem contains plosives?

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Q8.Why does McKay use plosives in 'If We Must Die'?

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Form and Structure in 'If We Must Die' - Quiz

Use these questions to test your knowledge of Lesson 4: Form and Structure in 'If We Must Die'. Good luck!

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Q1.What does a sonnet contain?

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Q2.Why did Claude McKay use the sonnet form for 'If We Must Die'?

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Q3.What is iambic pentameter?

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Q4.Why might McKay use iambic pentameter?

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Q5.What is the rhyme scheme of 'If We Must Die'?

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Q6.Why does McKay use the rhyme pairs 'die-defy', 'brave-grave' and 'back-pack'?

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Q7.What is a volta?

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Q8.Which of these lines is the volta in the poem 'If We Must Die'?

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Form and Structure in 'If We Must Die' - Quiz

Use these questions to test your knowledge of Lesson 4: Form and Structure in 'If We Must Die'. Good luck!

Question 1

Question 2

Question 3

Question 4

Question 5

Question 6

Question 7

Question 8

Q1.What does a sonnet contain?

1/8

Q2.Why did Claude McKay use the sonnet form for 'If We Must Die'?

2/8

Q3.What is iambic pentameter?

3/8

Q4.Why might McKay use iambic pentameter?

4/8

Q5.What is the rhyme scheme of 'If We Must Die'?

5/8

Q6.Why does McKay use the rhyme pairs 'die-defy', 'brave-grave' and 'back-pack'?

6/8

Q7.What is a volta?

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Q8.Which of these lines is the volta in the poem 'If We Must Die'?

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Lesson summary: Form and Structure in 'If We Must Die'

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