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 do they walk by?

2. Which of the following is not a place where the boy searches for solace?

3. What color is used to describe fate?

4. Which is not a main theme of the poem?

5. What is the final wish?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In what room in his apartment does the poet talk about his needs? What is his condition?

4. What is one of the main things that Ginsberg opposes during this time?

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

6. What is the poet's feeling about physical passion and the enjoyment of it?

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

8. Aside from housing personal baggage, what does Ginsberg believe is the purpose of the racks?

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

10. What path of thought does the item inspire?

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

Examine the Beat Generation and Ginsberg's part in it. How did it start? Who was involved? What were the basic tenets? How did it change the arts/social/political climate in the US? How long did it last? When did it end? What became of the influential members of the Beat Generation after the next new wave of artists hit the scene?

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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