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 emotion is O'Hara feeling at the start of "In Memoir of Sergei O"?

2. What is O'Hara's emotional state in "At Kamin's Dance Shop"?

3. What does O'Hara claim will come to an end at the end of ''For the Chinese New Year & For Bill Berkson"?

4. To what state does the other person in "St. Paul and All That" want to move?

5. To whom is "Down at the Canal" addressed?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "For the Chinese New Year & For Bill Berkson," why does O'Hara compare and contrast America to Old Europe?

2. Describe O'Hara's vision of his New York in "Steps."

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

4. What are some of the pleasures O'Hara discusses in "Five Poems"?

5. In the poem "For the Chinese New Year & For Bill Berkson," where does O'Hara take comfort?

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

7. Why does O'Hara think the world is coming to an end in "For the Chinese New Year & For Bill Berkson"?

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

9. What is the poem "Cornkind" about?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain how O'Hara uses setting in the poem "Alma" and in another poem of your choice. How are his descriptive terms different and similar in each poem?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the technique of free-writing. Choose one poem of O'Hara's that demonstrates this technique. Provide examples of how the message of the poem is or is not effectively conveyed to the reader through free-writing.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss O'Hara's relationship with Sally in "Galanta." What is the significance of O'Hara comparing Sally to America?

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