Howl, and Other 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. What is the name of the person who pushes the cart?

2. This emotion is always present where?

3. What is constructed in the poem?

4. What emotion is connected to the soul?

5. What is the weapon?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the poem end? What is the inference of things to come?

2. What path of thought does the item inspire?

3. How should one behave in the giving and receiving of love? Where does this habit originate?

4. What item catches Ginsberg's eye? Where is it?

5. When was AN ASPHODEL written and what is the main theme of the poem?

6. What is the burden one must carry? How should one react to this burden?

7. What is Ginsberg's comment about immigrants and their treatment in America?

8. Where does Ginsberg work in this poem? What is his position? What are people waiting for?

9. What is the child thinking about? How does it relate to his family?

10. What is an asphodel? How does it compare to Ginsberg's concept of desire?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In HOWL, Ginsberg talks about sex, drugs, alcohol, etc. as a substitute for something missing in one's life. Examine this theory. Do you agree or disagree? What proof is there to support each side of the argument? What is the basis for addiction? Is there a cure? If so, what is it and how is it administered? What is the "cure" rate for alcoholics and drugs addicts? Is one ever cured?

Essay Topic 2

Compare communism, socialism and capitalism. Use examples of each to illustrate points including pros and cons as well as political and social ramifications. In your opinion which is best? Explain. Using Ginsberg's poetry as a starting point, what do you believe the poet's opinion was of each? Do you agree or disagree? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the political climate of the Northeast or, more specifically, in New Jersey post World War I. Also discuss how the war changed the social outlook of the people in Ginsberg's age range versus those of their parents. How were their views different? What was the general American opinion of World War I? Did Ginsberg agree or disagree with this opinion?

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