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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Sonnet XXX, what is the lost object that Neruda says no one will retrieve?
(a) His heart.
(b) His passion.
(c) His spirit.
(d) His voice.

2. In his dedication, Neruda says that poets before him have written sonnets whose rhymes are like crystal or cannon fire. What does Neruda say his poems are made of?
(a) Wood.
(b) Silver.
(c) Sand.
(d) Flowers.

3. In Sonnet XVII, what does Neruda imply about the relationship between himself and Matilde?
(a) Their love is so deep that they are almost the same person.
(b) Their love is so complex that he must study it.
(c) Their love is so simple that he does not think about it.
(d) Their love is fleeting.

4. In Sonnet XI, what predator does Neruda use to describe himself?
(a) A lion.
(b) A hyena.
(c) A puma.
(d) A leopard.

5. In Sonnet XXXII, what starts the morning with "its truths scrambled" and that "drifts like a poor little boat?"
(a) The house.
(b) The city.
(c) The sea.
(d) The sun.

6. In Sonnet XXVII, Neruda says that Matilde is "as blue as the night" of what country?
(a) Cuba.
(b) Colombia.
(c) Guatemala.
(d) Peru.

7. In Sonnet XXXIII, where are Neruda and Matilde going when they traverse "the crackling sea?"
(a) To Chile.
(b) To Germany.
(c) To their home.
(d) To Italy.

8. What object does Neruda use in Sonnet XLVII to describe Matilde?
(a) A simple rose.
(b) A locked door.
(c) A lioness.
(d) A fruit tree.

9. In Sonnet XXXV, what brings morning and night to Neruda's eyes?
(a) Neruda's love.
(b) Neruda's insecurities.
(c) Matilde's hands.
(d) Matilde's moods.

10. In Sonnet XXIII, what does Neruda say will endure even after the end of the world?
(a) The love between himself and Matilde.
(b) Isla Negra and the sea.
(c) Neruda's dreams.
(d) Matilde's beauty.

11. In Sonnet XXII, what image does Neruda NOT use to describe Matilde?
(a) A star.
(b) A queen.
(c) A guitar.
(d) A wildfire.

12. In Sonnet XV, what does Neruda say Matilde is made out of?
(a) Water.
(b) Clay.
(c) Light.
(d) Bronze.

13. In Sonnet V, Neruda relates Matilde's hips to what object?
(a) Lilies in a valley.
(b) Trees in a forest.
(c) Wheat in its fields.
(d) Barley in its fields.

14. What does Neruda plead with Matilde not to do in Sonnet XLV?
(a) Be angry with him.
(b) Leave him.
(c) Cry.
(d) Criticize herself.

15. In Sonnet XV, Neruda says that Matilde is as firm as what two items?
(a) Rock and tree.
(b) Bread and wood.
(c) Flesh and bone.
(d) Mountain and boulder.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Sonnet XIII, what phrase does Neruda insist does NOT describe Matilde?

2. In Sonnet XIX, what insect does Neruda watch and contemplate?

3. In Sonnet II, Neruda laments that his path to Matilde has been long and lonely. What two obstacles does Neruda say divide him and Matilde?

4. What does Neruda look for in Sonnet XI?

5. Which image does Neruda NOT use to describe Matilde in Sonnet XXIX?

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