A Visit to William Blake's Inn Test | Mid-Book 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. Which character signs the dedication on the title page in the Introduction?

2. What is the object mentioned in Poem 7 that shines from above?

3. What does the boy request during Poem 3?

4. Which two characters are dressed in tails in Poem 5?

5. What is the poetic form of Poem 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Blake do during Poem 2?

2. What is the Basilisk mentioned in Poem 6?

3. Describe how the cow makes the cloud into a bed in Poem 7.

4. What kind of journey does the boy embark upon in the Frontispiece?

5. What aspect of the Frontispiece's story appears out of this world?

6. Why is the inn so appealing to travelers?

7. What special features does the car described in Poem 2 have on the outside?

8. Describe Nancy Willard as a child.

9. Why does Blake enjoy the company of the Man in the Marmalade Hat in Poem 5?

10. What does Poem 7 achieve for the reader?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the significance of taking a spiritual journey versus just a physical one? How does this affect the boy in particular?

Part 1) What is the difference in the journeys of the boy versus the Rat?

Part 2) Describe the boy's experience at the end and how it varies greatly from his arrival. What new friends has he made? What fears has he conquered?

Part 3) Of all the travelers, who gains the most knowledge and understanding from this adventure? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the book, there are numerous instances of symbolism. Choose one of the 3 options below to write about.

1) Provide 3 examples of symbolism in the building of the tailor's house. What do these symbols mean?

2) There are numerous references to the Bible and an ongoing discussion of good versus evil. What are some overt examples?

3) What is the possibility that opens up to the tailor and the Tiger, that helps them overcome their wrongdoings?

Essay Topic 3

The King of Cats offers special presents to his friends that reveal his imaginative nature and how he has stepped from the practical to the magical world. Choose one of the 3 options below to write about.

1) What are some examples of gifts he offers? By offering these gifts, what does the King of Cats reveal about himself?

2) How does the King of Cats change from being practical to increasingly mystical in the poem? How does this parallel his relationship with William Blake?

3) The King of Cats also appears more generous and imaginative in his writing. Show 3 examples of this change.

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