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. How does the narrator describe her thoughts in the third part of 'Little Sister Pond'?

2. What does the narrator of 'Music' think is accountable for the music?

3. Where does the narrator of 'White Night' want to lose herself?

4. Which of these words does the narrator use to describe the rain in 'Spring'?

5. What does the narrator spend time looking at in the third part of 'Little Sister Pond'?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Tecumseh mean?

2. What do the lovers in 'Something' hear?

3. What is the first big question asked of the reader in 'Tecumseh'?

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

5. What does the narrator do in the second part of 'The Garden'?

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

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

8. What is the narrator's head full of in 'Blackberries'?

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

10. What does the narrator of 'Crossing the Swamp' find in the swamp?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Through these poems, Oliver presented a very interesting and unique philosophy on life. What was this philosophy, and how did this different idealism affect the tone of her literature?

Essay Topic 2

What was the main theme in 'Flying' and what kinds of literary devices were used to present this interesting and unique theme?

Essay Topic 3

There was a lot of interesting advice given and received in these poems. What are some examples of this advice, and what were the consequences of it?

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