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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. How does the Frontispiece differ from the other poems?
2. What is the poetic form of verse employed in Poem 5?
3. Which character mentioned during the Introduction died two hundred years ago?
4. Who is the main character?
5. In the Introduction, who explains how the book was born?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does the man in the marmalade hat bring the bottle of starch in Poem 5?
2. Who does the King of Cats compare himself to in Poem 6 and why?
3. What does the Frontispiece accomplish?
4. What do the little children do when the Man in the Marmalade Hat arrives in Poem 5?
5. What kind of journey does the boy embark upon in the Frontispiece?
6. What is unusual about the king's breakfast described in Poem 6?
7. What happens outside the inn when it snows?
8. Describe the Man in the Marmalade Hat mentioned in Poem 5.
9. What does Blake do during Poem 2?
10. What does Nancy think about when she stares at the glowing stars on her ceiling?
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
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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