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 everyone act in O'Hara's vision of New York in "Steps"?

2. In "In Memoir of Sergei O," why does O'Hara dread going to a certain location?

3. To whom is "Steps" addressed?

4. In ''For the Chinese New Year & For Bill Berkson," to what is America compared?

5. In "Mary Desti's Ass," where has O'Hara never has a bad time?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

5. What does O'Hara think of Georgia in "Memoir of Sergei O"?

6. In what style is "Pistachio Tree at Chateau Noir" written?

7. What is the poem "Cornkind" about?

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

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

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

Select two poems and compare and contrast the titles of each poem. How do the titles relate to the content of the poem? Do the titles have a significant meaning on their own?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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.

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