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. Ginsberg believes that America is which of the following?

2. Who is with Ginsberg in the poem?

3. How many packages are left on the cart?

4. How are people's lives described?

5. Which word best describes the child?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the setting and characters featured in the poem? What is the main activity?

2. What is the main theme of this poem? What is the poet's opinion of the theme?

3. How does the theme affect each person? Where does it appear?

4. What is at least one of Ginsberg's comments about the racks and baggage?

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

6. What is the point of the poem? What is the poet's conclusion?

7. What childhood memory of politics does Ginsberg recall? How do those memories affect the present?

8. What is one of the main themes in this poem? To what does Ginsberg compare the flower?

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

10. What is the child's condition and outlook upon his surroundings?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ginsberg refers to Carl Solomon's stint in a mental institution. Examine Ginsberg's tales. Do you think they are true or false? Why? Compare and contrast today's institutions with ones commonly found in the 1950s. Discuss different treatments, effectiveness, facilities, etc. Also discuss the common use of shock treatments as a method of curing insanity.

Essay Topic 2

There was a lot of yearning mentioned in the work. Relate to this yearning to the poetry of Walt Whitman. Write a Whitman-esque poem regarding yearning. Analyze and list at least three other poets or poems in the same vein. Compare and contrast to Ginsberg's work at that time to Whitman's.

Essay Topic 3

William Carlos Williams says that HOWL is much like going through hell. Write a 750 word essay on Williams' opinion, relating it to each part of the poem. Also examine how other famous poems have used the same theme, concept and or imagery. Compare and contrast those poems to Ginsberg's Howl and other poetry.

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