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. Where is the pain Neruda experiences in Sonnet LXV?

2. What happens to Neruda in Sonnet XC that he says makes him feel "the cold up close?"

3. In Sonnet XCVII, what flower does Neruda say the subject of the poem will be transformed into on another planet?

4. In Sonnet XCI, what does Neruda give Matilde that "fills with years like a swelling cluster of fruit?"

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Neruda and Matilde looking for in Sonnet LXXI?

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

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

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

5. What emotion is symbolized by the "calm slow flower, constantly held out" in Sonnet LXXXVII? What does Neruda see that makes him contemplate that emotion?

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

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

8. In Sonnet LXXXIX, what does Neruda want Matilde to do when he dies? Why does he want her to do this?

9. Where are Neruda and Matilde when they share a kiss in Sonnet C?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The specific imagery in each of Neruda's sonnets creates a definite mood and tone for each poem. Using at least four different poems, provide an in-depth analysis of mood and tone in Neruda's work. For each poem, provide specific examples of words or phrases that contribute to the poem's overarching mood, and explain how each poem's syntax perpetuates the mood established in each sonnet.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the various properties of love described in Neruda's sonnets. How does Neruda view love? What properties does he ascribe to that emotion? Use specific examples from the book.

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