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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is the narrator of the poem "Wedding-Wind"?
(a) A newly married woman.
(b) Larkin himself.
(c) A stable boy.
(d) A newly married man.

2. In the poem "Spring," where is the narrator?
(a) In an airplane.
(b) In the park.
(c) In the woods.
(d) Looking out of his apartment.

3. In "Dawn," what does the poet say is strange?
(a) That each morning is new.
(b) That the cock crows at dawn.
(c) That the heart is loveless.
(d) That the dawn should break.

4. In the poem "Maiden Name," what did marriage do to the woman?
(a) Saved her from spinsterhood.
(b) Helped her become a new woman.
(c) Left her alone.
(d) Erased her old identity.

5. In the poem "This Is the First Thing," what sound does the narrator say time is?
(a) A shout.
(b) A ping.
(c) An echo.
(d) A smack.

Short Answer Questions

1. What would the narrator's darling discover in the poem "If, My Darling"?

2. What is the subject of the poem "I Remember, I Remember"?

3. In the poem "Climbing the Hill," what does the narrator find falling?

4. In the poem "Latest Face," who is the latest face?

5. In the poem "Ugly Sister," how many steps are there to her room?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "This Be the Verse," what does the narrator say "man hands on to man"? What does the narrator say in the last line?

2. Where is the narrator in the poem "Night Music"? What does the poem celebrate?

3. In the poem "Self's the Man," who does the narrator compare himself to? What conclusion does he come to?

4. In "Livings," where is the narrator? Why does he go there?

5. In "Story," where did the narrator move from his hometown? What happened as he grew older?

6. In "Since the Majority of Me," what does "the majority of me" reject? What is the result of this?

7. In the poem "An Arundel Tomb," who are the subjects of the poem? What are they doing?

8. Why does the narrator say that home is sad in the poem "Home is so Sad"? Name at least two household objects the narrator talks about in the poem.

9. In the poem "Talking in Bed," how does the narrator feel about talking in bed? What does he say is hard to do?

10. In "Portrait," to what do the woman's hands devote themselves? What are her enemies?

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