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Question 9 of 23

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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.
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Yes

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In lines 1-12, which of the following is a main verb?

Correct Answer: 
No
Correct Answer: 
No
Correct Answer: 
No
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No
Correct Answer: 
Yes

Choice E is correct. The verb phrase "do ... ensconce," appearing in a section of the poem (lines 9-12) that functions as a main clause would in a sentence, resolves the tension of the modifying clauses represented in lines 1-8.

Question Difficulty: 
hard