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 what shape is "Poem en Forme de Saw" written?

2. How many parts does "For the Chinese New Year & For Bill Berkson" contain?

3. Who is "St. Paul and All That" about?

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

5. In "How to Get There," O'Hara writes that the city is filled with__________.

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. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Who writes the epigram of "For the Chinese New Year & For Bill Berkson"? What does it say?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Explain O'Hara's defense of the city in the poem ''Song." How does O'Hara use art to convey a message about New York?

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