Lunch 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 does O'Hara use as a metaphor in "Cornkind"?

2. During the poem "A Little Travel Diary," what does O'Hara pass?

3. In "For the Chinese New Year & For Bill Berkson," what is O'Hara able to ignore?

4. In "Poem en Forme de Saw," where does O'Hara hide?

5. What does O'Hara request at the end of "Down at the Canal"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the poem "Cornkind" about?

2. For whom is "Steps" written? Why does O'Hara want to spend his time with this person?

3. What is the poem "St. Paul and All That" about?

4. Describe the dream O'Hara has in "Kamin's Dance Shop."

5. How does O'Hara explain love at the end of "St. Paul and All That"?

6. What is the symbolism of the snow and fog in "How to Get There"?

7. Describe O'Hara's experience on the train in "A Little Travel Diary."

8. What does O'Hara request at the end of "Down at the Canal"?

9. What does O'Hara write is located behind semblance and order in "For the Chinese New Year & For Bill Berkson"? Where does this true face reside?

10. Describe two of the cities that O'Hara mentions in "Mary Desti's Ass."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss how O'Hara's history as a musician and art critic influences his poetry.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the theme in "Image of the Buddha Preaching" and another poem of your choice. How does O'Hara present the theme to the reader in each poem? Are these themes seen in other poems in this collection?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss O'Hara's relationship with New York city. Choose two poems that convey different emotions about New York. How does O'Hara use words and imagery to convey that relationship?

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