New and Selected Poems Quiz | Eight Week Quiz B

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through New Poems (2004 - 2005).

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where did Oliver attend college?
(a) Indiana State University.
(b) Wisconsin State University.
(c) Iowa State University.
(d) Ohio State University.

2. What does Oliver say is NOT praying in The Real Prayers are Not the Words, but the Attention that comes First?
(a) Observing.
(b) Seeing and noticing.
(c) Witnessing with the eyes.
(d) Seeing what has not been seen.

3. What did Oliver say she was outside of while writing Work Sometimes?
(a) Her intended purpose.
(b) Her authentic self.
(c) Her natural setting.
(d) Her usual style.

4. What does Oliver try to avoid awkwardness in as she is writing?
(a) Subject matter.
(b) Format.
(c) Symbols.
(d) Abbreviations.

5. What are most of Oliver's precious poems about?
(a) Plants.
(b) Relationships.
(c) Feelings.
(d) Abstract thoughts.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Oliver use plants and animals in her poems?

2. What does Oliver try to write most of her poems about?

3. How does Oliver come to a better understanding of human nature?

4. What does Oliver observe at the end of Work Sometimes?

5. How is Oliver trying to establish the intimacy she desires in Work Sometimes?

(see the answer key)

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