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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. In the poem "The Bottle Is Drunk," what is the narrator sick from?

2. Who is the narrator of the poem "Wedding-Wind"?

3. What question does the narrator ask in "This Was Your Place of Birth"?

4. In the poem "I Dreamed of an Out-thrust Arm," what is the narrator empty of?

5. What is the subject of the poem "Places, Loved Ones"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the poem "Take one Home for the Kiddies" about? What happens to this object?

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

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

4. What is the narrator talking to in the poem "I Put My Mouth"? What is the poem about?

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

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

7. In "Homage to a Government," why are the soldiers coming home? What does the narrator say they can hope to leave them?

8. What is the subject of poem "Next, Please"? What does the ship in the poem represent?

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

10. In the poem "Waiting for Breakfast," what is the female character doing? What does the narrator do to her, and how does he feel about this?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A common topic in Larkin's collection "The Whitsun Weddings" is heartbreak. Write an essay on the theme of heartbreak in this collection, using at least two examples in your argument.

Essay Topic 2

A unique theme in Larkin's collection "The Less Deceived" is photography. Using a minimum of two poems, write an essay on the theme of photography in this collection.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay explaining the symbolism behind Larkin's use of the moon in the collection "The North Ship."

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