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. How does O'Hara feel at the end of "Poem en Forme de Saw"?

2. What do people not care for in ''For the Chinese New Year & For Bill Berkson''?

3. In ''For the Chinese New Year & For Bill Berkson," what no longer interests us?

4. What does O'Hara use as a metaphor in "Cornkind"?

5. In what shape is "Poem en Forme de Saw" written?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are O'Hara's emotions in "Poem en Forme de Saw"?

3. What is O'Hara convinced his generation is going to do in "For the Chinese New Year & For Bill Berkson"? How is this similar to the previous generation?

4. What are some of the lies O'Hara discusses in "How to Get There"? How do the lies affect people?

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

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

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

8. What is O'Hara trying to understand in "Pistachio Tree at Chateau Noir"?

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

10. What is the message in "Ave Maria"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss how O'Hara's poetry differs from the poetry of his idols, the Russian and German poets. How has poetry evolved over time?

Essay Topic 2

What is visual poetry? Provide an example of visual poetry in O'Hara's collection. How does visual poetry contribute to the writing style of the poem?

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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