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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 the poet see in the ocean in "Oceanic South"?
(a) A ray of light.
(b) A school of fish.
(c) A shipwreck.
(d) A lonely island.

2. What are the "black days" in "Bleak System"?
(a) A time of war.
(b) When the poet was ill.
(c) Being in love.
(d) Death.

3. What does the poet say is buried in the sand in "Rapa Nui"?
(a) Feet.
(b) The truth.
(c) Money.
(d) Bodies.

4. In "Being Born in the Woods," what is born again?
(a) A seed.
(b) The poet.
(c) The rain.
(d) A bird.

5. In "The Great Ocean," why does the poet say people cannot harm the ocean?
(a) It is too frightening.
(b) They can harm the ocean.
(c) It is so great.
(d) It is a god.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the last ten lines of "Death Alone," what object does the poet connect to death?

2. In "The Way Spain Was," what does the poet say has affected Spain?

3. What does the poet relate the woman's body to in "Body of a Woman"?

4. What leads to Magellan's end in "The Magellan Heart"?

5. Why does the poet say he wrote "I'm Explaining a Few Things"?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "Walking Around," how does the poet feel about walking?

2. Why does the poet talk about fabric in "Weak with the Dawn"?

3. How does the poet describe communism in "Bleak System"?

4. Who is Lautaro in "Education of the Chieftain"?

5. In "I'm Explaining a Few Things," what answer does the poet give for why he no longer writes love poems?

6. What does the Great Plumed God do in "A Soldier Sleeps"?

7. In "The Way into Wood," how does Pablo Neruda describe nature?

8. How do the last three lines of "I Have Gone Marking" differ from the rest of the poem?

9. In "Love, American (1400)," what does the poet say remains?

10. What is unique about the river in "Death Alone"?

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