SSAT Reading Question 307: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 307

5. Which of the following best describes the main idea of the poem?

  • A. The speaker is distracted by the children's mischievous activities.
  • B. The speaker cherishes the time of day when he can break from his work and play with his children.
  • C. A poet depicts the games of children who inhabit an imaginary fortress.
  • D. The children are scheming of ways to attack their captor and escape the castle.

Correct Answer: B


B The Children's Hour is the time of night when there "comes a pause in the day's occupations." During this time, the children come to play with their father—a time they all enjoy. The poem is not about a story he tells them or a description of an imaginary game the children play.

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