Collected Poems Test | Final 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. "Antaeus: A Fragment" describes a fight between ______ and Antaeus.

2. "Bold Horatius" is about ____________.

3. When were the soldiers happy, according to "Happiness?"

4. What is set on a track in "This is the Track?"

5. What should the singer use to sing in the evening in "Song of Songs?"

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the woman in "The Imbecile" an imbecile? Who thinks this of her?

2. Into what two phases does Blunden divide Owen's life as a poet? What do these titles mean?

3. What is the contrast in "Six o' clock in Princes Street?"

4. How are "To Eros" and "My Shy Hand" different from the other poems in the section?

5. What is the tone of "The End" and "The Unreturning?" How do you know?

6. Why will the soldiers never be as happy as they were as children in "Happiness?"

7. What are the four gems in "Spells and Incantation?" What does each represent?

8. What is personification? How does Owen use it in "Cramped in that Funnelled Hole?"

9. What does the speaker compare people to in "O World of many Worlds?" What does he compare himself to?

10. Why doesn't the speaker grow old in "To the Bitter Sweet-heart: a Dream?" What does this imply?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What role does sound play in Owen's poetry? Use at least two examples of poems to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Explain Blunden's speculations about Owen's life and career if he had survived World War I. Do you agree with his assessment? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Define allusion and explain how Owen used allusion in his poetry.

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