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. In Poem 6, what does the main character's breakfast consist of?

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

3. What is the quality of the place that the reader experience during the first verse of Poem 1?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is unusual about the king's breakfast described in Poem 6?

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

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

4. What does Poem 7 achieve for the reader?

5. What is the whimsical event that occurs during Poem 7?

6. What kind of form does Poem 1 have?

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

8. Why is the inn so appealing to travelers?

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

10. What is different about the dragons?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The point of view in the story is generally that of the reader but sometimes shifts to other characters. Give 3 examples of where it shifts and how that affects the telling of the story.

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

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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