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 is pasted on the ceiling of the room mentioned in the Introduction?

2. Which character in Poem 5 is happy to see the the Man in the Marmalade Hat?

3. Which characters play gongs and drums during Poem 5?

4. How does the Frontispiece differ from the other poems?

5. How many verses does Poem 1 contain and what is the rhyming pattern?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the bear comfort the boy in Poem 3?

3. Is the boy comforted during Poem 3?

4. Why are the tiger and boy afraid in Poem 4?

5. Describe Nancy Willard as a child.

6. Describe the little boy's appearance in the Frontispiece.

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

8. What happens outside the inn when it snows?

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

10. What does the Frontispiece accomplish?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Marmalade Man motivates the other characters to make amends, become friends again, and to dance.

Part 1) The Marmalade Man is similar to the Pied Piper in getting people to follow him when he plays the flute. How is he different? What is his goal?

Part 2) What would happen if the Marmalade Man did not exist? Show how his presence has a direct and good influence on the characters.

Part 3) When the Marmalade Man calls himself a needle, he symbolically is leading the people. How is his leadership different from that of the Rabbit?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the concept of making amends and forgiveness for wrongdoing that is illustrated in Poem 15, "Blake Tells the Tiger the Tale of the Tailor." What has the Tiger done that requires forgiveness? How does Blake explain the tailor's experience?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the gifts William Blake gives each of the travelers who accompany him to the Milky Way. Explain what each character does and what the gift represents.

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