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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Oliver come to a better understanding of human nature?
(a) She looks to non-human examples.
(b) She talks to people of different ages.
(c) She meditates.
(d) She observes the ocean tides.

2. What is the turtle in Mysteries, Four of the Simple Ones, doing?
(a) Swimming in the lake.
(b) Teaching her babies to swim.
(c) Burying her eggs.
(d) Dying.

3. Which of the following is a line from Work Sometimes?
(a) Desire will consume those who don't care to control.
(b) Sameness can be found in any landscape.
(c) Those who know need not read longer.
(d) You have had days like this, no doubt.

4. How does Oliver describe her poetry in Everything?
(a) Her art.
(b) Her children.
(c) Her message.
(d) Her creation.

5. Which of the following is not a place Oliver says she wants to be while writing her poems in Everything?
(a) A field of daisies.
(b) A spot of grass.
(c) A boat at sea.
(d) Her own house.

6. What were the feet of the animal compared to in The Real Prayers are Not the Words, but the Attention that comes First?
(a) The Sun.
(b) Flowers.
(c) Butter.
(d) Sand.

7. According to Oliver, what is the question mark's bold sister?
(a) The semicolon.
(b) The dash.
(c) The exclamation point.
(d) The comma.

8. What does Oliver want to celebrate in Mysteries, Four of the Simple Ones?
(a) Daily mysteries.
(b) Motivation.
(c) Recognition.
(d) Information.

9. What color were the eyes of the animal in The Real Prayers are Not the Words, but the Attention that comes First?
(a) Brown.
(b) Green.
(c) Blue.
(d) Black.

10. When did the poet say the animal in The Measure had began her journey?
(a) In the early morning.
(b) Shortly before she appeared.
(c) When she was first born.
(d) In the middle of the night.

11. What does Oliver compare picking the right words to in Mysteries, Four of the Simple Ones?
(a) Growing a garden.
(b) Sorting money.
(c) Threading a needle.
(d) Picking fruit.

12. How do the characters in Mysteries, Four of the Simple Ones feel about the events in the poem?
(a) They are unexpected.
(b) They are frightening.
(c) They are miraculaous.
(d) They are commonplace.

13. How does the editor describe the thought put into these poems?
(a) Omniscient.
(b) Effervescent.
(c) Microscopic.
(d) Exuberant.

14. What did the animal in The Measure do when the poet tried to save it?
(a) Bit her.
(b) Looked into her eye.
(c) Ran away.
(d) Hissed at her.

15. What were the eyes of the animal compared to in The Real Prayers are Not the Words, but the Attention that comes First?
(a) Worlds.
(b) Microscopes.
(c) Glass.
(d) Water.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Everything, what are we told to look to for examination?

2. What does Oliver call the things in life that are not human?

3. What tone does Oliver take on at the end of Work Sometimes?

4. What does Oliver say about our lives in The Measure?

5. What does Oliver like to assign to inanimate objects in her poems?

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