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. In "Cornkind," what is the boy's connection to his past?

2. What does the epigram at the start of "For the Chinese New Year & For Bill Berkson" discuss?

3. What is the location of "In Memoir of Sergei O" devoid of according to O'Hara?

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

5. According to O'Hara in "For the Chinese New Year & For Bill Berkson," who exists?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is the significance of tea in "Poem (1)"? What is O'Hara's reaction to tea, and is the tea symbolic for something else?

Essay Topic 3

How does O'Hara use comparison in "For the Chinese New Year and For Bill Berkson"? What statement does he make about the two places or objects through this comparison?

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