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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 "I Put My Mouth," what does the narrator tell the stream and wind they will not find?
(a) Love.
(b) Hate.
(c) Rest.
(d) Jealousy.

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) More than five times.
(c) Every day.
(d) Fewer than six times.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the narrator address in the poem "If I Could Free You"?

2. In the poem "To Write One Song," where does the narrator go so that he can write a sad song?

3. In the poem "Is It for Now or For Always," what does the narrator call his lover?

4. What object is the subject of the poem "Whatever Happened"?

5. How many parts compose "The North Ship"?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the poem "Coming," what is coming? How does the narrator feel about this?

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

3. In "Posterity," who is Jake Balokowsky? What did he want to do with his life that he seemingly will no longer be able to?

4. In the poem "The Trees," what does the narrator say the trees' greenness is? What do trees do that humans should follow?

5. Where is the narrator in the poem "Climbing the Hill"? What is the tone of the poem?

6. In "Breadfruit," what do the boys dream of? Where do these visions end?

7. To whom is the poem "Conscript" dedicated? What does the subject of the poem have to defend?

8. In "Femmes Damnes," what is the photograph of? What is the only sound heard?

9. In the poem "Maiden Name," what has marriage done to the subject? What is the result of this?

10. What is the subject of the poem "Wants"? What does the narrator desire at the end?

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