© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
To a Mouse

To a Mouse


by Robert Burns

To a Mouse: Poetic Form and All That Jazz Quiz

Think you’ve got your head wrapped around To a Mouse? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. What do you call a rhyme of more than one syllable, like "chase thee" and "hasty"?

masculine rhyme
feminine rhyme
regular rhyme
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Q. What is "catalexis"?

A poetic line missing a syllable
A cat that can't read
A Scottish word for "ploughman"
A kind of poetic rhyme scheme
Q. What language or dialect is most of "To a Mouse" written in?

Middle English
Standard English
Q. Which of the following lines from "To a Mouse" is in iambic dimeter (with catalexis)?

"Gang aft agley"
"Still thou art blest, compar'd wi' me"
"But, Och! I backward cast my e'e."
"That wee bit heap o' leaves an' stibble"
Q. Which of the following is an example of alliteration from "To a Mouse"?

"Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie,"
"I wad be laith to rin an' chase thee,
"An' naething, now, to big a new ane"
"Thou saw the fields laid bare an' waste,"