American Primitive: Poems Test | Final 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. What does the rising sun in 'Morning at Great Pond' make the night do?

2. In 'The Honey Tree', what is found in the honey tree?

3. What kind of animal is featured in 'Happiness'?

4. What does the narrator not want to do in 'White Night'?

5. What does the narrator of 'The Honey Tree' compare herself to as she climb's the honey tree?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the narrator of 'The Plum Trees' say happiness must be tempted?

2. What does the narrator say mankind is nourished by in 'The Fish'?

3. What does the narrator of 'Tecumseh' say is worse than risking death?

4. What happens in the fifth part of 'Little Sister Pond'?

5. What sad event happens in the second part of 'Something'?

6. How does the narrator of 'Crossing the Swamp' feel when she gets covered in the mud from the swamp?

7. What does the narrator of 'Honey at the Table' say the taste of honey is composed of?

8. What does the narrator in 'Something' learn the worth of after her lover dies?

9. What does the narrator of 'Morning at Great Pond' say the coming morning renews in her at the Great Pond?

10. What is the question asked at the end of 'The Garden'?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Who was John Chapman, and how did he change the history and landscape of America?

Essay Topic 2

What are some of the different natural settings included in this collection, and what did they each indicate about Oliver's personality?

Essay Topic 3

In 'Crossing the Swamp' Oliver talks about how trials and hardships have shaped her life. What are some of the ways her life was shaped by these things, and how did she present these ideas in this poem.

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