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 provides spiritual honey to the narrator of 'May'?

2. What wants to join with the narrator's legs in 'The Sea'?

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

4. Who pushes packed leaves in 'Spring'?

5. What does the narrator want to do at the end of 'The Meeting'?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does the narrator of 'The Roses' say there is no end to?

4. What does the narrator of 'The Roses' compare the blooming of the roses to?

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

6. In 'Crossing the Swamp', what does the narrator say she hopes to make of her life?

7. What does Tecumseh mean?

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

9. What do the lovers in 'Something' do?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Oliver puts a huge emphasis on optimism in many of these poems. Which poems presented this idea, and how did they differ in the way each presented this theme?

Essay Topic 2

Foolishness was a very common folly highlighted in this collection of poems. What are some of the main examples of this, and what message was being sent through these examples of blatant foolishness?

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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