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 'Humpbacks', what does the narrator say holds the most allure for people?

2. In 'Fish', where is the fish when he dies?

3. What kind of life would the narrator of 'The Meeting' like to live?

4. What does the listener drown in in 'Music'?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Many of these poems dealt with Oliver's thoughts about the treatment of Indians. What are some of the main incidents of this, and how was her tone and opinion presented in these poems?

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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