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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of these is a line from The Real Prayers are Not the Words, but the Attention that comes First?
(a) Where can we turn for peace?
(b) Where does it go and why?
(c) How does one see and turn away.
(d) How can we be as they?

2. Why does Oliver like to use her most common literary device?
(a) It is a symbolic form of writing.
(b) It broadens understanding of humans.
(c) It makes her work unique.
(d) It comes easily to her.

3. Why did Oliver choose the simple titles for her poems?
(a) To leave the interpretation open.
(b) To take the guesswork away from the reader.
(c) To make her thoughts obscure.
(d) To guide the reader.

4. 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.

5. In the Measure, what happens in the pinewoods?
(a) Blueberries ripen early.
(b) The sun shines in happy measures.
(c) Small animals are left alone.
(d) Flowers make perfect cover.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Oliver think people should pay more attention to in life?

2. In Everything, what are we told to do in order to truly grasp the idea of poetry?

3. What belongs to the animal in The Real Prayers are Not the Words, but the Attention that comes First?

4. How does Oliver state we must pray in The Real Prayers are Not the Words, but the Attention that comes First?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. At the end of Everything, what does Oliver say she wants her poems to do?

2. In Mysteries, Four of the Simple Ones, what does Oliver say about the pond?

3. In Everything, what does Oliver say she wants her poems to be able to do?

4. At the beginning of The Real Prayers are Not the Words, but the Attention that Comes First, what does Oliver state the hawk finds joy in?

5. In Mysteries, Four of the Simple Ones, what is personified in the last lines?

6. What did Mary Oliver compare the hawk in The Real Prayers are Not the Words, but the Attention that Comes First to when it was in the grass?

7. What did the turtle in The Measure do when Oliver stopped to help it?

8. What did Oliver compare the feet of the hawk to in The Real Prayers are Not the Words, but the Attention that Comes First?

9. What did the hawk do at the end of The Real Prayers are Not the Words, but the Attention that Comes First?

10. In Work Sometimes, what are some of the things that Oliver lists as NOT leading to happiness?

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