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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. What does the poem's speaker do in the final stanza in An Apple Gathering?

2. What color blossoms does the poem's speaker pick from her apple tree in An Apple Gathering?

3. When was the deceased of An End born?

4. In Dream Land, towards what direction does the poem's subject face?

5. What adjective is used to describe the door that, "opening, letting in, lets out no more" in the second stanza of Echo?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the poem's speaker permanently separated from her once lover in An Apple Gathering?

2. What is the meaning of the phrase, "The bright hues vanish and the odors fly, / The grass hath lasting worth" in Sweet Death?

3. How does Maude betray her sister, the speaker in Sister Maude?

4. What sort of descriptions does the poem's speaker give to her mood and what characterizes these descriptions in A Birthday?

5. What is the attitude of the speaker in No Thank You, John towards John?

6. What is significant about the doves, lilies, and butterflies listed being in pairs in the second poem entitled Song?

7. For what reason is the poem's speaker in a celebratory mood in A Birthday?

8. Who is the "she" of The World, and what indicates this interpretation?

9. For what reason does the speaker ostensibly envy the rose and bird in A Summer Wish?

10. What does the coldness in Winter: My Secret symbolize?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Goblin Market and Other Poems contains two poems which can definitively be identified as dramatic monologues: Winter: My Secret and No Thank You, John. Compose an analytical essay which examines these two works. How are they identified as dramatic monologues? Who are the speakers, and who are their auditors? What is the tone of the speakers towards their auditors? What do the speakers unwittingly reveal about themselves? What is the overall significance of each poem?

Essay Topic 2

Compose an analytical essay on the theme revealed in the last poem of the collection, The World, namely that of struggling with the World's two-faced transformation, its false beauty and true ugliness. How is this theme portrayed throughout Rossetti's poems? In which poems does the World appear seductively beautiful? In which poems is its hideousness revealed? What does this help the reader to see about the World in which he lives? What do the poems overall seem to suggest as a contrary way of living? What other beauties can and should a person pursue? How should one react to both faces of the World?

Essay Topic 3

Oftentimes the exact meaning of a poem can be difficult to discern by simply reading what is present on the page; the literal text demands that the reader make an inference based on what is written, without explicitly making it clear. This is perhaps most evident in The One Certainty, but can also be seen in Sweet Death, Dream Land and many others. Using examples from Rossetti's poetry, write an analytical essay on the process of valid inference of meaning from a poem in which the literal meaning obscures the deeper significance. What are some examples of this inference? How is this inference made? What validates such inference? What are the difficulties of making such an inference? How should such an inference be portrayed?

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