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 does the rising sun in 'Morning at Great Pond' make the night do?

2. What is the narrator doing in 'White Night'?

3. Why does the narrator say humpbacks sing?

4. What does the narrator of 'The Snakes' compare the snakes to?

5. In 'The Sea', what spills from the narrator's bones when she is by the sea?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does the narrator in 'Something' learn the worth of after her lover dies?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are some of the key examples of gratitude in this book, and how do these instances affect the tone of the poems that had this as a central theme?

Essay Topic 2

What did Oliver learn from the blue heron, and how did this change her actions?

Essay Topic 3

Some of these poems alluded to Oliver's belief in God and her religious views. How did this this religious center affect the tone of the poems and the messages being presented in them?

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