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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How is "sister in the street" wearing her brassiere in "Junkman's Obbligato"?
(a) On the outside of her clothes.
(b) Around her neck.
(c) Backwards.
(d) Upside down.

2. The poet writes in "I Am Waiting," that he is waiting for the deepest South to just stop what?
(a) Murdering itself.
(b) Castrating itself.
(c) Terrorizing itself.
(d) Reconstructing itself.

3. What does "obbligato" mean?
(a) Opulent.
(b) Ordinary.
(c) Obsequious.
(d) Obligatory.

4. In Chapter 2, the author writes that these poems were conceived specifically to be accompanied by what?
(a) Tambourine.
(b) Blues music.
(c) Beat music.
(d) Jazz music.

5. In "Junkman's Obbligato," the poet writes, "Empty out your pockets and _____."
(a) Fall asleep.
(b) Disappear.
(c) Awaken.
(d) Arouse.

Short Answer Questions

1. The poet uses literary allusion in the line, "I'm tired of waiting for Godot." To which author is he referring?

2. In "Autobiography," who has the poet heard "strained through a sheet"?

3. In "Autobiography," the author writes, "I landed in Normandy/in a rowboat that _______."

4. Who did the poet believe he was, catching crayfish in the Bronx river in "Autobiography"?

5. The poet writes in "I Am Waiting," "I am waiting for the war to be fought which will make the world safe for" what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the poet suggest in "Junkman's Obbligato"?

2. How is the place in the ending of "The Long Street" described?

3. What does the poet suggest to the reader in "Junkman's Obbligato"?

4. What events take place in "Christ Climbed Down"?

5. How is the street described in "The Long Street"?

6. What is the poet's meaning in "The Long Street"?

7. Who is described in "Meet Miss Subways"?

8. In "Autobiography," to what animal does the poet compare himself? What has he seen?

9. What is the underlying meaning of the poem "I Am Waiting"?

10. Why does the author describe the poems of Chapter Two as "oral messages"?

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