New and Selected Poems Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 time of day did the poet try to save the animal in The Measure?

2. What does the editor say Oliver is NOT trying to do with the poems in the first section?

3. How does Oliver describe her poetry in Everything?

4. Why does Oliver like to use her most common literary device?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. In The Measure, how does Oliver say the turtle came to choose its course of travel for the day Oliver saw it?

3. In Work Sometimes, what does Oliver say happiness truly is?

4. How did Oliver feel at the end of Work Sometimes?

5. What does Oliver state the reader has probably felt before in Work Sometimes?

6. In The Measure, what does Oliver say happens to the lives that are watched over?

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

8. In The Real Prayers are Not the Words, but the Attention that Comes First, what does Mary Oliver state the real method of praying should be?

9. What does Oliver think the turtle was heading for in The Measure?

10. In Everything, what kind of words does Oliver say she wants to avoid in her poetry, and what examples of good words does she give?

Essay Topics

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

Mary Oliver has an incredible gift for creating touching analogies. What are some of the analogies shared in these poems, and what are their deeper meanings?

Essay Topic 3

What are some of the main places where personification is used in these poems, and what messages are sent in these moments?

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