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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. Which of the following is a line from Work Sometimes?

2. What is the length of most of Oliver's poems in this collection?

3. What does the editor say is Oliver's signature on her work?

4. Which of the following is NOT a word Oliver says she wants to use often in Everything?

5. What does using nature in her poems allow Oliver to do?

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

3. 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?

4. In Mysteries, Four of the Simple Ones, what does Oliver ask about the blue heron?

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

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

7. What parts of grammar does Oliver say she wants to cherish in Everything, and why?

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

9. 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?

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

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

What are some of the relationships spoken about in these poems, and what do they reveal about Mary Oliver's personality?

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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