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Read the following poem carefully before you choose your answers.

Passage

     Against that time (if ever that time come)

When I shall see thee frown on my defects,

When as thy love hath cast his utmost sum,

Called to that audit by advised respects—

Against that time when thou shalt strangely pass,

And scarcely greet me with that sun, thine eye,

When love, converted from the thing it was,

Shall reasons find of settled gravity—

Against that time do I ensconce me here

Within the knowledge of mine own desert,

And this my hand against myself uprear,

To guard the lawful reasons on thy part.

To leave poor me thou has the strength of laws,

Since why to love I can allege no cause.
(1609)

Yes

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In lines 1, 5, and 9, "against" is best understood to mean:

in opposition to

Correct Answer: 
No

in repetition of

Correct Answer: 
No

in contrast to

Correct Answer: 
No

in preparation for

Correct Answer: 
Yes

in rejection of

Correct Answer: 
No

Choice D is correct. In lines 1 and 5, the speaker uses "Against that time" to imagine a situation that he anticipates and fears; he uses the phrase again in line 9 to present his preparations for dealing with this situation.

Question Difficulty: 
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