A Visit to William Blake's Inn Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Nancy Willard
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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 animal is the vehicle mentioned in Poem 2 similar to?

2. Which character is dressed as a sailor outfit?

3. In the Frontispiece, which character says they are already there?

4. What objects are missing in the room described in Poem 3?

5. Which creature mentioned in Poem 3 speaks in italics?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the Basilisk mentioned in Poem 6?

2. Who does the King of Cats compare himself to in Poem 6 and why?

3. Describe Nancy Willard as a child.

4. What is below the cow in the sky in Poem 7?

5. What do the little children do when the Man in the Marmalade Hat arrives in Poem 5?

6. Describe the Man in the Marmalade Hat mentioned in Poem 5.

7. What happens outside the inn when it snows?

8. What magical things happen during Poem 2 when the traveler enters the car?

9. What is different about the dragons?

10. Describe the room mentioned in Poem 3.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The relationship between the Rabbit and the Cow becomes apparent in one poem.

Part 1) Compare and contrast how each character responds to the different expressions of "make way, room, and believe."

Part 2) Why is the Rabbit concerned about the Marmalade Man and what role does the Rabbit play in leading the travelers?

Part 3) How does the poetic form aid and abet in the play on words?

Essay Topic 2

Both the Marmalade Man are the King of Cats are important characters.

Part 1) Compare the Marmalade Man to the King of Cats. How are these two characters similar and how are they different?

Part 2) What metaphorical purpose does the Marmalade Man offer? Elaborate on this.

Part 3) The Marmalade Man offers to clean the inn. What symbolism is inherent in this act and how does it reveal that the journey is a spiritual one?

Essay Topic 3

Certain relationships create a good foundation for the story. When Nancy asks her babysitter to tell her a bedtime story, they both interact in a very convincing manner. Describe why this relationship is believable.

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