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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 second stanza of Poem 234, Emily talks about the cost associated with going to heaven. Here she uses _____ terminology in her description.
(a) Medical.
(b) Christian.
(c) Buddhist.
(d) Banking.

2. According to Emily In Poem 103, if she has not seen hidden things in her dreams, what will the birds not do the following day?
(a) Fly.
(b) Visit her.
(c) Sing.
(d) Be quiet.

3. In the final stanza of Poem 507, Emily writes about the cat's dashed hopes for what?
(a) Catching the mouse.
(b) Eating dinner.
(c) Catching the squirrel.
(d) Catching the bird.

4. In Poem 396, Emily writes about a pleasant _____ in life that is closer to occurring than pain.
(a) Vacation.
(b) Sleep.
(c) Love.
(d) Weakness.

5. In Poem 61, Emily writes a humorous epitaph for a mouse that has been killed by a ____.
(a) Cat.
(b) Man.
(c) Owl.
(d) Bird.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Poem 511, what does Emily tell a friend she would do if she knew when the friend was coming?

2. What does the king not do in Poem 103?

3. In Poem 413, Emily writes about displacement and her desire to run away from _________.

4. In Poem 256, Dickinson indicates she believes she is now banished from heaven. She concludes ______ has turned his face away from her.

5. In Poem 536, if none of this is possible, people will generally desire ____ and the ability to be set free from their suffering.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Emily write about Christ and human death in Poem 193?

2. In Poem 256, Emily turns to a different vision of hope. What is this expression?

3. How does Dickinson use the moon and see as imagery in Poem 429?

4. What does the poet "speak to" symbolically in discussing loss in Poem 47?

5. How does the poet describe doom in Poem 475?

6. How does Dickinson compare herself to David of David and Goliath in Poem 540?

7. What does Dickinson write about the "houses" of Heaven in Poem 127?

8. Describe the poet's vision of love in Poem 480.

9. How does Emily describe her feelings of grief in Poem 561?

10. Discuss briefly the poet's use of symbolism from nature.

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