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 'Fish', what does the fish refuse to do?

2. What do the trees in the 'Blackwater Woods' turn themselves into?

3. In 'Humpbacks', what do the people do when the humpbacks appear?

4. What does the narrator of 'Humpbacks' compare the jumps of a humpback to?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does the narrator of 'The Plum Trees' say a man must not succumb to?

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

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

6. What does honey fill a person with according to the narrator of 'Honey at the Table'?

7. What happens in the sixth part of 'Little Sister Pond'?

8. What do the fish do in the secret pools in 'Climbing the Chagrin River'?

9. What is the prayer whispered in 'The Garden', and who is it meant for?

10. What does Tecumseh mean?

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 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 3

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?

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