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. In 'Blackwater Woods', what is on the other side of the black river of loss?

2. What does the narrator of 'The Honey Tree' love as she climbs the honey tree?

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

4. What kills the fish in the poem, 'Fish'?

5. What does the narrator describe at the beginning of 'Little Sister Pond'?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Tecumseh mean?

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

4. What is said to have happened to Tecumseh's body?

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

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

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

8. What three things does the narrator of 'In Blackwater Woods' say all men must do?

9. What does the narrator of 'Little Sister Pond' compare the moon to?

10. How does the narrator say a person would know Tecumseh if they saw him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What role does symbolism play in these poems and where does it appear? How is the tone and meaning of the poems altered by the presence of these symbols?

Essay Topic 2

Diversity was a major theme in this book as many different lifestyles and ranks in society were described. How was this theme shown in this book, and why do you think the author felt it was so important?

Essay Topic 3

Despair was a theme that was placed in a number of sensitive places in these poems. What are some of these places, and what role did despair play in this book?

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