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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. What does Oliver call the things in life that are not human?
2. What does Oliver try to provide multiple avenues for in her poems?
(b) Thought provocation.
3. How does Oliver state we must pray in The Real Prayers are Not the Words, but the Attention that comes First?
(a) We must listen and obey.
(b) We must ask and wait.
(c) We must observe and meditate.
(d) We must desire and pursue.
4. In Everything, what are we told to look to for examination?
(a) Our surroundings.
(b) Our God.
(c) Our goals.
5. How are the poems in this book grouped together?
(a) By subject matter.
(b) By publishing date.
(c) By random order.
(d) By length.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is Oliver's most commonly used literary device in these poems?
2. What does Oliver say about our lives in The Measure?
3. What had stacked up on the table in Work Sometimes?
4. What does Oliver say she wants readers of Everything to look beyond?
5. Which of these words is used by the editor to describe Oliver's style?
Short Essay Questions
1. In The Measure, how does Oliver say the turtle came to choose its course of travel for the day Oliver saw it?
2. In Mysteries, Four of the Simple Ones, what does Oliver ask about the blue heron?
3. In Work Sometimes, what does Oliver say happiness truly is?
4. In The Real Prayers are Not the Words, but the Attention that Comes First, what is the bird doing at the beginning of the poem?
5. What is the main question Oliver asks in Work Sometimes?
6. What parts of grammar does Oliver say she wants to cherish in Everything, and why?
7. In The Measure, what does Mary Oliver say her watched over life resulted in and why?
8. In Mysteries, Four of the Simple Ones, what does Oliver ask about a seed grain?
9. In Mysteries, Four of the Simple Ones, what does Oliver ask about a turtle?
10. In The Measure, what does Oliver say happens to the lives that are watched over?
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