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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 XIX, what is Matilde doing before she returns to "the world full of salt and sun?"
(a) Hiking in the woods.
(b) Walking down a mountainside.
(c) Walking along the beach.
(d) Swimming in the ocean.

2. In Sonnet XL, what month does Neruda say "trembled like a butterfly?"
(a) January.
(b) October.
(c) December.
(d) June.

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

4. In Sonnet VI, Neruda is lost in a forest and breaks off a twig, hoping for some moisture to ease his thirst. What effect does the twig's scent have on him?
(a) The scent of the twig makes him more thirsty.
(b) The scent of the twig wounds him.
(c) The scent of the twig makes him angry.
(d) The scent of the twig makes him homesick.

5. In Sonnet XXXVIII, what historic poet appears wearing his "quiet sandals?"
(a) Euripides.
(b) Aristotle.
(c) Homer.
(d) Virgil.

Short Answer Questions

1. What concept of time does Neruda decide to focus on in Sonnet XLIX?

2. In Sonnet XXXVII, what does Matilde conquer with her love?

3. In Sonnet IX, Neruda contrasts the love between himself and Matilde with what natural formation?

4. In Sonnet V, Neruda relates Matilde's hips to what object?

5. In Sonnet X, what object does Neruda NOT use as a metaphor for Matilde's beauty?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain how Matilde acts as a healer and protector in Sonnet XXIII.

3. What imagery does Neruda use to describe Matilde as he watches her walk by the sea in Sonnet X?

4. What is Matilde's role in the "miniature empire" Neruda describes in Sonnet XXXVI?

5. What obstacles does Neruda and Matilde's love face in Sonnet XXVIII? Does their love survive?

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

7. In Sonnet XI, Neruda is starving and is prowling for sustenance. What "food" is he looking for?

8. What images does Neruda use in Sonnet XLVI to explain how he chose Matilde out of any other alternatives?

9. in Sonnet V, what does Neruda realize after he wanders through the streets "like a man wounded?"

10. What is Neruda looking for when he studies other women in Sonnet XLIII?

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