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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Sonnet XLI, what does Neruda hint will bring an end to the "rough times" he describes?
(a) Spring.
(b) Wind.
(c) Sleep.
(d) Love.

2. In Sonnet VII, what does Neruda say he can see in Matilde's life?
(a) The past.
(b) Everything that lives.
(c) The future.
(d) Everything that is good.

3. 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) Sand.
(b) Silver.
(c) Flowers.
(d) Wood.

4. In Sonnet XLIII, where does Neruda look for similarities to Matilde and her appearance?
(a) In other women.
(b) In the sea.
(c) In nature.
(d) In himself.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In Sonnet X ,what word does Neruda use to describe Matilde's beauty?

2. In Sonnet XXXIX, which of Matilde's skills does Neruda admire?

3. In Sonnet VII, Neruda's lover finally returns his love. What image does Neruda use to describe his feelings after his love is returned?

4. In Sonnet XIV, what does Neruda say Italians call Matilde?

5. In Sonnet XL, what month does Neruda say "trembled like a butterfly?"

Short Essay Questions

1. In his dedication, how does Neruda compare his poems to those of other poets?

2. Why does Neruda's description of Matilde's laugh contrast so strongly with her physical appearance in Sonnet L?

3. List some examples of earth imagery Neruda uses to describe Matilde in Sonnet XXX.

4. What are some ways Neruda describes Matilde and her house using images related to sound in Sonnet XXXVIII?

5. In Sonnet XXIX, why does Neruda say he chose Matilde? How does her background influence his decision?

6. How does Neruda describe Matilde's hands in Sonnet XL?

7. What are some aspects of Matilde's ugliness and beauty does Neruda list in Sonnet XX?

8. In Sonnet VII, what causes Neruda's emotions to burst forth like "geysers flooding from deep in its vault?"

9. How is Neruda affected by the "bitter love" he experiences in Sonnet III?

10. List some examples of how Neruda compares Matilde's body to the universe in Sonnet XVI.

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