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Down the Drain

April 19, 2010

Did you know that a sonnet has 14 syllables per line?  I didn’t…because they have ten.  Even a first grader can count syllables.  But the Cliff’s Notes Praxis II study guide says it’s 14, as in the number of dollars I spent on the book.

It’s in the answers to the practice test that itt comes up.  It also states that said sonnet is written in iambic pentameter (which they are) but provides an answer that denies this.  Arraagh!!

So what?  One little mistake isn’t that bad, is it?  No, not if it’s one.  Upon reading the Amazon reviews of this book I realized that there is a lot of misinformation in the book, both the study notes and the practice test.  And excuse me for not knowing whether Graymalkin was the cat or the toad in Macbeth.  Really, that’s the type of thing the Praxis will ask.  I hope not.

So I will take my practice test grade with a grain of salt and check my wrong answers with other sources.  Then I’ll double-check the ones I got right but wasn’t sure about.  And somewhere in there I’ll make sure I’m ready for my Pedagogy test.

Are there laws protecting people like me from bad information?  If I fail the Praxis due to answers from this book’s faulty information, can I sue Cliff’s Notes for my eighty bucks (cost of the test)?  Hopefully I won’t have to find out.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 20, 2010 2:07 pm

    14 lines per sonnet. It’s only 10 syllables per line if it is written in iambic pentameter, which not all sonnets are 🙂

    • osomuerte permalink
      April 20, 2010 2:35 pm

      According to this test every sonnet uses iambic pentameter (with some leeway for insignificant syllables). It didn’t occur to me there would be “sonnets” with different metrics, but I’m not surprised.

      But don’t try to confuse me! 😛

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