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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 LXXXIX, why does Neruda want Matilde to live on after he has died?
(a) So his poetry will seem more real.
(b) So he can see the world through her eyes.
(c) So his memory will live on.
(d) So the world can understand what he loved so much.

2. In Sonnet LXIV, what malady of Neruda's does Matilde cure?
(a) A cynical mind.
(b) A broken heart.
(c) A crushing loneliness.
(d) A heart of stone.

3. In Sonnet LXXXVII, what does Neruda see in the sky that causes him to write the poem and contemplate its content?
(a) A single star.
(b) The moon.
(c) An airplane.
(d) Three birds.

4. In Sonnet XCV, what does Neruda describe as "the light that endures," and as a "irrevocable delicate thorn?"
(a) The power of death.
(b) The beauty of life.
(c) He and Matilde, and the love they share.
(d) Mortality.

5. In Sonnet LXXXII, what does Neruda say happens to him and Matilde when they dream?
(a) They travel the world together.
(b) They can read the other's mind.
(c) They are allowed to be individuals.
(d) They are united in their dreams.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Sonnet LXIV, love tints Neruda's life what color?

2. In Sonnet LXXI, what human feature does Neruda describe the earth as having?

3. In Sonnet LXXIII, what are the man and woman in Neruda's poem protecting themselves from?

4. In Sonnet LXX, what wounds Neruda?

5. In Sonnet LIII, what does Neruda say "fly and make their white creations?"

Short Essay Questions

1. In Sonnet XCII, what does Neruda choose to contemplate instead of the inevitable death of either himself or Matilde?

2. In Sonnet XCI, what overshadows the life that he gives to Matilde "like a swelling cluster of fruit?"

3. What does Neruda ask of the "four-sided constellation" in Sonnet LXXXVI?

4. In Sonnet XCIII, why does Neruda ask Matilde to leave her mouth half-open if she should die before him?

5. In Sonnet LX, what effect do Neruda's trials and sorrows have on Matilde?

6. Why does Neruda feel sorry for the "poor unlucky poets" in Sonnet LIX?

7. Why has the house in Sonnet LXXV forgotten how to bloom?

8. What does Neruda write are the effects of modern society's infatuation with flying in Sonnet XCVII?

9. In Sonnet LV, what attacks the "honied contentment" Matilde and Neruda share?

10. How does Neruda describe his homeland in Sonnet LXIII?

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