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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. What does using nature in her poems allow Oliver to do?
2. Why does Oliver like to use her most common literary device?
3. How is the pond in Mysteries, Four of the Simple Ones described?
4. How does Oliver use plants and animals in her poems?
5. What does Oliver try to avoid awkwardness in as she is writing?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Work Sometimes, what does Oliver say happiness truly is?
2. In Mysteries, Four of the Simple Ones, what does Oliver ask about a catbird?
3. What does Oliver think the turtle was heading for in The Measure?
4. 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?
5. 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?
6. In Mysteries, Four of the Simple Ones, what does Oliver ask about a seed grain?
7. At the end of Everything, what does Oliver say she wants her poems to do?
8. What does Oliver state the reader has probably felt before in Work Sometimes?
9. What did Oliver compare the feet of the hawk to in The Real Prayers are Not the Words, but the Attention that Comes First?
10. In Mysteries, Four of the Simple Ones, what does Oliver ask about the blue heron?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What are some of the key examples of gratitude in this book, and how are these instances conveyed?
Essay Topic 2
Which of these poems did you relate most to, and why? What about that poem touched you in a personal way?
Essay Topic 3
Friendship is a strong theme throughout the book. Where are some places that this theme appears, and how do these moments affect the tone of those poems?
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