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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is thriving at the Boston Hospital?
(a) The children.
(b) Death.
(c) The trees.
(d) The nurses.

2. According to 'John Chapman', what decision must people make when they are in pain?
(a) To feel or ignore.
(b) To heal or fester.
(c) To die or continue.
(d) To prosper or fail.

3. What does the narrator say happens to the woods in the winter in 'A Poem for the Blue Heron'?
(a) They become dangerous.
(b) They grow in silence.
(c) They get empty.
(d) They get noisy.

4. What was Lydia's last name in 'The Lost Children'?
(a) Osborn.
(b) Osmond.
(c) Ossin.
(d) Oslynn.

5. How do men protect themselves when it grows colder, according to 'Cold Poem'?
(a) They go to church.
(b) They kill others.
(c) They gather close to those they love.
(d) They listen to their bodies.

Short Answer Questions

1. In 'The Lost Children', what was near the footprints found of Lydia's?

2. Which of these is used to describe the moles in 'Moles'?

3. How long did it take for Lydia's family to find where she slept in 'The Lost Children'?

4. Who does the narrator feel most sorry for in 'The Lost Children'?

5. How many crows hunt together in 'Crows and Owls'?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the narrator of 'Egrets' say allows them to step without fear?

2. What does the narrator think about while watching nature in Flamingo?

3. What question is asked at the beginning of 'Ghosts'?

4. What is the person in 'Skunk Cabbage' looking for, and what do they find?

5. What is the ironic idea included in 'Mushrooms'?

6. What question does the narrator want to ask the stranger on the plane in 'Flying'?

7. What are the vultures in 'Vultures' compared to in an ironic analogy?

8. What is the main metaphor used in 'Lightning'?

9. What does the narrator see before leaving the hospital in 'University Hospital, Boston'?

10. What does the alligator in 'Postcard From Flamingo' do?

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