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. How many snakes are seen by the narrator in 'The Snakes'?

2. What swims in everyone in 'Blossom'?

3. How does the narrator describe a muskrat in 'White Night'?

4. What becomes nameless in the 'Blackwater Woods'?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 were some of the questions asked in 'The Gardens' and how did their unanswered status affect the tone of the poem?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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