A Coney Island of the Mind, Poems 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. The poet writes in "I Am Waiting," that he is waiting for the deepest South to just stop what?

2. In "The Long Street," it is the street of what?

3. Where will "we" be puking in, "wailing for a winter coat," in "Junkman's Obbligato"?

4. Who does the dog not hate but has no use for in "Dog"?

5. With whom did the author create an LP of the poems in Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the pop culture and literary references the author makes in "Autobiography."

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

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

5. What is admirable to the poet about the dog in "Dog"?

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

7. What does the author say of money in the poem, "Autobiography"?

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

9. What are some of the things the poet is waiting for in "I Am Waiting"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss ways the author uses the structure of line breaks and punctuation to express the themes and give a visual aesthetic to his poetry. Cite examples where this takes place.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the animal imagery prominent in Poem 11 of Chapter One. In this poem, the author writes, "The wounded wilderness of Morris Graves / is not the same wild west / the white man found." How does he go one to describe it?

Essay Topic 3

What are the predominant, overriding themes in Chapter Three of the collection. What artistic and literary allusions are used in the poetry of this chapter? How does the artist feel about the references he makes?

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