100 Love Sonnets = Cien Sonetos de Amor Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Neruda plead with Matilde not to do in Sonnet XLV?

2. In Sonnet XLII, what does Neruda say shields the earth from daylight?

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

4. What does Neruda look for in Sonnet XI?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In Sonnet XLV, what does Neruda say will happen to him if Matilde leaves?

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

5. Neruda says that "everything alive has its two sides," including love. In Sonnet XLIV, what are the two sides of Neruda's love for Matilde? Why are both sides important?

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

7. In what manner does Neruda say he loves Matilde in Sonnet XVII?

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

9. What gives Neruda and Matilde the "eternal life of the Natural" in Sonnet XLVIII?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the significance of sleep to Neruda and Matilde. Why does Neruda urge Matilde to sleep in Sonnets LXXIX and LXXXI? Why is sleep so attractive to the two lovers? What roles do sleep and dreams play in the couple's relationship? Include specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

Neruda includes images of many opposites in his poems, including heat and cold, order and chaos, love and hate, and innumerable others. Very often, the author compares and contrasts those opposites before incorporating both opposites into one unified concept. Analyze at least three poems that contain opposites, and explain how the author reconciles opposite concepts to create one unified idea. Be sure to use specific examples from the sonnets.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the importance of Matilde and Neruda's childhoods throughout the 100 Sonnets. What does the author reveal to the reader about the childhood of each individual? What role does each individual's childhood have on them? What role does childhood play in their relationship with each other? Use quotes from the sonnets to back up all arguments.

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