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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is the voice of 'The Creation'?
(a) Jesus.
(b) A poor man.
(c) God.
(d) The preacher.

2. In 'Listen, Lord,' what does the speaker ask God to ride past?
(a) The gates of Heaven.
(b) His house.
(c) The mountains.
(d) The gates of Hell.

3. In the poem 'Listen, Lord,' what does the speaker say the preacher's imagination should be cleaned with?
(a) Oil.
(b) Turpentine.
(c) Bleach.
(d) Soap.

4. What is 'Go Down Death' about?
(a) Heaven.
(b) Death.
(c) A funeral.
(d) Hell.

5. In 'The Prodigal Son,' what are the people in the city like?
(a) Pious.
(b) Sinful.
(c) Kind.
(d) Respectful.

6. What does the speaker in 'Listen, Lord' say God rides on?
(a) A cloud.
(b) A lightening bolt.
(c) Air.
(d) A horse.

7. What does Johnson write rests between the sun and the stars in the poem 'The Creation'?
(a) The oceans.
(b) The moon.
(c) The atmosphere.
(d) The world.

8. In 'Go Down Death,' where does the preacher say the dead go?
(a) To Hell.
(b) To God.
(c) To Jesus.
(d) To Heaven.

9. Where does Johnson say in the poem 'The Prodigal Son,' the road away from one's father lead?
(a) To the gates of hell.
(b) To heaven's gates.
(c) Back home.
(d) To freedom.

10. In stanza three of 'The Creation,' what body of water does the author use to describe darkness?
(a) A swamp.
(b) A bay.
(c) An ocean.
(d) A river.

11. What does God create in the fourth stanza of 'The Creation'?
(a) The ocean.
(b) The earth.
(c) The sun.
(d) The moon.

12. In the poem 'The Creation,' where does God walk?
(a) The sky.
(b) The earth.
(c) The mountains.
(d) The oceans.

13. Who else, besides the woman, sees Death in 'Go Down Death'?
(a) No one.
(b) Her mother.
(c) The dying person next to her.
(d) Everyone.

14. How does the father respond to his son's request in 'The Prodigal Son.'.
(a) He sings his praises.
(b) He helps divide the cattle.
(c) He hugs him.
(d) He begs him not to.

15. In 'Listen, Lord,' what does the preacher say the congregation need to be filled with?
(a) Faith.
(b) Water.
(c) Soul.
(d) God.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the 'Listen, Lord' speaker want the preacher cleaned of?

2. What is the boy's new life like in 'The Prodigal Son' ?

3. In 'The Prodigal Son,' how does the father treat his son when he sees him?

4. In the poem 'Listen, Lord,' how does the speaker want the preacher to deliver the word of God?

5. Where is the speaker going in the first stanza of 'Listen, Lord'?

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