100 Love Sonnets = Cien Sonetos de Amor Test | Final 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. In Sonnet LXIV, what does Neruda realize about what he owes Matilde for curing him?

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

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

4. In Sonnet LVII, who is defeated by the love between Matilde and Neruda's love?

5. What does Neruda propose he and Matilde do at the end of Sonnet LXXVIII?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Neruda and Matilde looking for in Sonnet XCV, and what do they plan to do once they find it?

2. How does Matilde's body comfort Neruda in Sonnet LXXXV?

3. What defeats envy and rancor in Sonnet LVI?

4. In Sonnet LXXII, what causes Neruda to exclaim, "Let's go -- get up -- pin back your hair -- take off and land?"

5. How does Neruda feel about himself and his poetry in Sonnet LVIII?

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

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

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

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

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

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

In many poems, Neruda describes both his and Matilde's homelands. How does Neruda describe his homeland? Matilde's? What can the reader infer about each lover based on the descriptions of their homeland? Use specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Summarize Matilde as she appears in Neruda's poems. Use Neruda's poetry to define various aspects of Matilde's person; some aspects one may want to explore include her appearance, her sexuality, her domesticity, her personality and any other aspects from the poems. Use specific examples from the sonnets.

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