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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. Who narrated "Odalisque"?

2. In "Chemistry 101," what did Carver want his students to imagine?

3. In "Poultry Husbandry," how many classes was Carver teaching?

4. How did Carver know Sarah Hunt?

5. What society in College did Carver organize?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened in "The Perceiving Self"?

2. How did Carver embarrass someone in "The Nervous System of the Beetle"?

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

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

5. What did Carver do while courting Sarah?

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

7. In "From an Alabama Farmer," what is Carver thanked for?

8. What did Pammel say Carver did for others in "Green-Thumb Boy," and why was this so strange at this time?

9. In "The Prayer of Miss Budd," what was Miss Budd praying for?

10. What was "Drifter" about?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

How did Carver differ from most of the people around him, and how did he deal with these differences?

Essay Topic 3

How did the author use poems to present this life story, and what are some of the good and bad sides to this unique form of narrative?

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