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. Who is the first character the boy meets in Poem 3?

2. Which character smiles in the illustration at the reader in Poem 5?

3. What does the boy's friend tell him will be as soft as hay in Poem 3?

4. Which character mentioned in Poem 5 wears dancing shoes?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the lesson contained in Poem 15?

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

3. What is special about the poetic form employed in Poem 4?

4. What is a big difference between the rabbit and the cow in Poem 9?

5. When the rabbit requests that everyone make room, what does the cow do in Poem 9?

6. Why does the man in the marmalade hat bring the bottle of starch in Poem 5?

7. What is the inscription in the book of poems mentioned in the Introduction?

8. What are the dangers outside the inn mentioned in Poem 3?

9. What does the poetic form of Poem 8 achieve?

10. What does the scene for the meal in Poem 6 consist of and where does it take place?

Essay 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

As a metaphorical character, the Man in the Marmalade Hat is quite appealing. Choose one of the 3 options below to write about.

1) What are some actions or behaviors that he performs that are of greater significance?

2) How does he appeal to the other characters? What emotions does he evoke in them?

3) How does the Man in the Marmalade Hat reveal that he is a peacemaker?

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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