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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. Where does Steve hope to attend college in "Steve Ericson"?
2. In "Self-Portrait: A Poem for my Father," the author writes "Love is not me being who" what?
3. What does Raynard say has always come easier for him than words in "Raynard Patterson"?
4. What did Diondra slip a drawing of into her dad's easy chair before leaving for school in "Diondra"?
5. What does Raynard say is his mother's favorite saying in "Raynard Patterson"?
Short Essay Questions
1. What commentary does Tyrone contribute after the reading of "Private Puzzle"?
2. What kind of poem is performed by Tyrone, Wesley and Sterling in the narrative?
3. How does Porscha learn to express herself in poetry through "A Letter to My Mother"?
4. What does Porscha's character represent symbolically in the narrative? How does her character relate to Chankara's?
5. How has Janelle's self esteem changed in the narrative before she reads "The Door"?
6. What passion motivates Steve in "Steve Ericson"?
7. Who is Amy envious of in "Amy Moscowitz"? Who gives Amy advice about jealousy?
8. What is Sheila caught doing by Wesley in "Sheila"? What is her reaction?
9. What do each of the poets contribute to the poem "News at Five"?
10. What determination is expressed in "Doubtless"? How does this reflect Steve's life?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Describe and discuss the rhyme and meter of "If" and "Bronx Masquerade." Do the poems have a set structure or are they free-form? What effect do the structures have?
Essay Topic 2
Describe the metaphor and symbolism in the poem "Cocoon." How does this poem relate to the character of Janelle?
Essay Topic 3
Describe and discuss the characters of Chankara and Raul in the narrative. What motivations drive each of these characters?
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