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. When Neruda returns to Matilde in Sonnet LXXX, where had he been?

2. In Sonnet LXXXVII, Neruda contemplates the "ceaseless origins" of which human emotion?

3. What time of day is described in Sonnet LXXIX?

4. In Sonnet LXX, what wounds Neruda?

5. In Sonnet LVI, what word does Neruda say fills the world with doves?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Neruda write, "Woe is me, woe is me" at the beginning of Sonnet LXII?

2. What is unusual about the images of winter and cold in Sonnet LXXIV?

3. In Sonnet LXXXIII, where is Matilde as she sleeps -- both in body and in spirit?

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

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

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

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

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

9. What defeats envy and rancor in Sonnet LVI?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine Neruda's opinions on literature as a whole, on poetry, on his own work and talent as a writer and on other poets. How does he feel about each subject? Support all arguments with specific examples.

Essay Topic 2

Neruda's poetry is packed with images from nature, and nature plays a dominant role in most of Neruda's sonnets.

1) Trace the importance of nature through Neruda's 100 Sonnets. What are some concepts that nature symbolizes? Some concepts one may want to consider include the relationship between nature and Matilde, nature and love, nature and Neruda's childhood, etc.

2) Choose at least three concepts or objects discussed in Part 1, and analyze the relationships between those objects and nature. Provide an in-depth assessment of those images and concepts, using specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

In many of Neruda's sonnets, particularly those near the end of the 100 Sonnets, Neruda deals extensively with the concept of death. How does the author view death? What are his wishes for himself if Matilde dies before he does? What are his wishes for Matilde should he die first? What does he believe will happen to the souls of the two lovers after their deaths? Use quotes from the sonnets to support any assertions.

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