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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 XIII, what phrase does Neruda insist does NOT describe Matilde?
(a) "Chilly silver."
(b) "Purple shadow."
(c) "Pale fire."
(d) "Burning gold."

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

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

4. In Sonnet XXXI, what two plants does Neruda use to crown Matilde?
(a) Vines and lilies.
(b) Laurel and roses.
(c) Laurel and oregano.
(d) Orange blossoms and lilies.

5. What does the river in Sonnet XLIX signify?
(a) Fate.
(b) Love.
(c) Sleep.
(d) Time.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Sonnet XI, what predator does Neruda use to describe himself?

2. In Sonnet VII, what does Neruda say reminds him of Matilde's eyes?

3. In Sonnet XXXVI, what does Neruda like watching Matilde do in her "miniature empire?"

4. In Sonnet XXXI, where do Neruda and Matilde wander "like other country people?"

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What brings night and day to Neruda in Sonnet XXXV?

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

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

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

8. In Sonnet I, how does Neruda describe Matilde's name?

9. What does Neruda say about Matilde's hair in Sonnet XIV?

10. What is Neruda looking at in Sonnet XXIV that inspires his phrase, "...so many blues -- heavenly blues, sunken blues --/ our eyes are a little confused?"

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