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. What is the house in Sonnet LXXV doing when Neruda and Matilde return to it?

2. In Sonnet LXIII, what land does Neruda call "savage" and "deadly?"

3. In Sonnet XCIII, how does Neruda say he will die if Matilde dies before him?

4. In Sonnet LXXXIV, what does Neruda say "supports the columns of the heaven's harbor?"

5. What is the season that Neruda describes in Sonnet LXXXV?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who are the man and woman in Sonnet LXXIII, and what do they arm themselves against? Are they successful in fending off their enemy?

2. What effect does Matilde's absence have on Neruda in Sonnet LXV?

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

4. Why does Neruda urge Matilde to sleep in Sonnet LXXXIX?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the importance of the forest in Neruda's poems. Topics one may want to consider include the forest's effect on Neruda, its role in developing Neruda and Matilde as characters, and the concepts or moods the forest symbolizes in various poems. Be sure to include specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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