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. Where did "Dawn Walk" take place?

2. What did Carver teach former slaves about in "1905"?

3. Who was "1905" about?

4. Where did "The Perceiving Self" take place?

5. How did Carver's colleagues at Tuskagee describe Carver's accent?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Booker T. Washington offend Carver in "The New Rooster"?

2. What did Mary Carver's bill of sale say in "Beside Reading"?

3. What did Carver do in "Chemistry 101"?

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

5. How did Carver honor Ford in "Mineralogy"?

6. What was "Drifter" about?

7. In "Washboard Wizard," what was Carver good at?

8. In "Watkins Laundry and Apothecary," what did Carver say about a flower?

9. What is Egyptian Blue?

10. What caused a student to doubt God in "Goliath"?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Compassion and empathy was a theme present in a number of places in the plot. What were some of the best examples of this theme, and how did the presence of this theme affect the outcome of this book?

Essay Topic 2

This book took place during World War I. How did this historical and world changing event affect this plot and the people in it?

Essay Topic 3

Human nature was a strong symbol and theme in this book. Where did this symbol appear, and what role did it play in the book?

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