Carver: A Life in Poems Test | Mid-Book 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 did Carver teach former slaves about in "1905"?

2. What is the name of Carver's brother?

3. What was Pammel's occupation?

4. Who defended Carver when a student tried to insult him?

5. In "Called," what did Carver rattle on about?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was "Drifter" about?

2. What was "My People" about?

3. In "Washboard Wizard," why was Carver not going to college?

4. What is Egyptian Blue?

5. What did Carver discover in "Four a.m. in the Woods"?

6. In "Cafeteria Food," what did Carver say he could always count on?

7. In "Dawn Walk," why did Carver have such a hard time teaching the black students at Tuskagee?

8. What is "Cercospora" about?

9. What made Carver so well-liked in college?

10. What did Carver say there was beauty in in "Clay"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Friendship is a central theme of this book. What were the main friendships, and how did their inclusion in this book affect the tone of the book?

Essay Topic 2

How was Carver's upbringing unique for the time, and how did he respond to this?

Essay Topic 3

Symbolism is a very prevalent literary device used by Marilyn Nelson. What were some of these symbols, and how did their presence affect the course of the plot?

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