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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 Goblin Market, with what does Laura's sister attempt to purchase the goblin fruit?

2. In the final stanza of A Summer Wish, where are the birds said to rejoice?

3. What emotion does the man in After Death feel for the poem's speaker in the latter's posthumous condition?

4. With what exclamation does the poem's speaker respond to her auditor's curiosity in the first stanza of Winter: My Secret?

5. At what hour do the lives of those yet living stand full in At Home?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is "the one certainty," as proposed in the poem of the same name?

2. What is a possible interpretation of the meaning of the last four lines of Dream Land?

3. Why would the speaker not plant summer flowers and wait, as described in the first stanza of Another Spring?

4. Why does the great lord cast aside the poem's speaker in Cousin Kate?

5. What does it mean to say that the life of the speaker in A Better Resurrection is like a broken bowl which cannot hold a drop of cordial?

6. Why is Thomas loathe to have married Nell in Maude Clare?

7. What revenge is given to the poem's speaker in Cousin Kate?

8. What appears to be the speaker's assumption about life after death in the final poem entitled Song?

9. For what is the speaker of Echo in longing?

10. What is the "it" of May?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A constant theme in Rossetti's poetry is the struggle of a speaker against despair. Compose an analytical essay which examines this theme overall. How is it portrayed in individual poems? How is it portrayed overall? What shapes does the struggle take? What prompts the feelings of despair? In what ways, if any, is the despair overcome? With what does the speaker struggle against despair; in other words, how does she try to conquer it? Give specific examples.

Essay Topic 2

Compose an essay which investigates the Christological allegory presented in Goblin Market. Such an allegory, one which relates in its non-literal signification a well-known story or historical occurrence, will not necessarily have direct correlations between the literal and the non-literal significations, but relate the two by universal types of actions, the exemplar of which being found in the non-literally signified story. What are the universal types by which the story of Christ and Goblin Market are related? In what ways does the story parallel that of Christ, or of salvation history in general? Of what are the various characters and actions in the story symbolic? What impact does Goblin Market have on the reader's perception of the story of Christ?

Essay Topic 3

In A Bruised Reed Shall He Not Break, a poetic motif of one part changing the significance of the poem as a whole was unveiled. Where A Bruised Reed Shall He Not Break performs this change on a single word, deprecate, this poetic transformation can be seen in other poems as well, such as the final stanza in Cousin Kate, the last line in Spring, the sestet of any sonnet, and the last line of the second poem entitled Song. Choose a few poems that employ this motif and explicate in a carefully developed essay how they influence the reading of poetry. What do these poems demonstrate about poetry? What relation does the part have to the whole? What relation does the whole have to the part? How do the two effect one another? What do these effects reveal about the reading of poetry?

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