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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the strange man call "cake" in "Cake"?
(a) A slice of pie.
(b) None of the answers is correct.
(c) A piece of bread.
(d) A cake.

2. What does the narrator drop on the glazier in "The Bad Glazier"?
(a) A book.
(b) A picture frame.
(c) A brick.
(d) A flowerpot.

3. In "The Widows", who does the narrator say visits public parks?
(a) Women who can no longer think.
(b) Men who long for nature.
(c) People who are crippled by life.
(d) Children who need to breathe free.

4. In "A Hemisphere in Her Hair", what color hair does the poet focus on?
(a) Blonde.
(b) Red.
(c) Brown.
(d) Black.

5. Where does the poet glimpse men in "A Hemisphere in Her Hair"?
(a) A port.
(b) Market.
(c) Church.
(d) A school.

6. How does the narrator feel at the end of "Cake"?
(a) Excited.
(b) Confused.
(c) Disappointed.
(d) Proud.

7. How does the tradesman react to his child's gift in "The Fairies' Gifts"?
(a) He tries to pay the fairy.
(b) He wants the fairy to explain it to him.
(c) He laughs at it.
(d) He demands a better gift.

8. Why does the narrator of "The Temptations: Or, Eros, Plutus, and Fame" turn down the ability to have everything of wealth?
(a) Because he wants a better offer.
(b) Because he does not enjoy making other miserable.
(c) Because he is happy with what he has.
(d) Because he does not trust the demon.

9. In "A Hemisphere in Her Hair", where does the poet see "the languor of long hours"?
(a) In a park.
(b) On her bed.
(c) In a bathtub.
(d) On a divan.

10. In "The Old Mountebank", how do the merchants try to get the customers' attention?
(a) With free samples.
(b) They throw things at them.
(c) With colorful signs.
(d) They yell.

11. Why does the narrator follow the woman around all day in "The Widows"?
(a) She owes him money.
(b) He is fascinated with her.
(c) He thinks he knows her.
(d) She asks him to.

12. How is "The Foreigner" organized?
(a) As a letter.
(b) In alphabetical order.
(c) As a series of questions.
(d) In chronological order.

13. In "The Double Room", what does the narrator describe about the room?
(a) The physical appearance.
(b) The people inside.
(c) The feelings he has about the room.
(d) The nature outside the room.

14. Why does the narrator say the poor children will be wary in "The Toy of the Poor"?
(a) Because they have never known kind adults.
(b) Because they will think they are traps.
(c) Because they won't believe such luck.
(d) Because they fear money.

15. What does the narrator call himself in "The Wild Woman and the Little Mistress"?
(a) Master.
(b) The trainer.
(c) King Log.
(d) His Highness.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "The Bad Glazier", why does the narrator suppose demons take over people?

2. In "The Bad Glazier", why does the narrator's friend start a forest fire?

3. In "The Old Woman's Despair", to what does the old woman compare herself?

4. In "The Old Woman's Despair", why does the woman visit the baby?

5. After the narrator wakes up in "The Double Room", what does he realize he must do?

(see the answer keys)

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