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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. In the poem "Skin," what does the narrator call his skin?
(a) His daily dress.
(b) His largest organ.
(c) His life story.
(d) His window to the world.

2. In the poem "Morning Has Spread Again," how many times has the narrator and his subject met?
(a) He has known her his whole life.
(b) Fewer than six times.
(c) More than five times.
(d) Every day.

3. What phrase is italicized in the poem "Next, Please"?
(a) Right to the last.
(b) Till then.
(c) But we are wrong.
(d) How slow they are!

4. In the poem "If Grief Could Burn Out," to what does the narrator compare grief?
(a) Fire.
(b) Passion.
(c) Rain.
(d) Roses.

5. What types of games are long gone in the poem "Cut Grass"?
(a) Bird watching.
(b) Cattle auctions.
(c) Cattle roping.
(d) Horseraces.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the poem "I Put My Mouth," what does the narrator tell the stream and wind they will not find?

2. In the poem "The Dancer," what elements does the dancer contemplate imitating?

3. In the poem "Reasons for Attendance," where is the narrator?

4. Finish this line from the poem "One Man Walking": "One man restlessly waiting ______."

5. In the poem "I See a Girl Dragged," what does the narrator see men doing?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the poem "Within the Dream," of what does the narrator dream? What is his reaction to this dream?

2. In the poem "Faith Healing," what are the women doing? How are they trying to do this?

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

4. In the poem "Broadcast," what popular figure is on television? What does the narrator notice was dropped?

5. Who is the narrator of the poem "Wedding-Wind"? What emotion is the narrator feeling in the poem?

6. In "Friday Night at the Royal Station Hotel," to what does the narrator compare the hotel? What kind of letters do the people write?

7. In "Pigeons," what are the pigeons backing against? What are they doing at the end of the poem?

8. What is the poem "Tops" about? What is the thing that most appalls?

9. What line is repeated in the poem "All Catches Alight"? What purpose does the repeated line serve?

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

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