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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. In "The Old Mountebank", what does the narrator first notice about the mountebank?
(a) His wares for sale.
(b) His level of poverty.
(c) His tall hat.
(d) His smile.

2. Why does the man throw a chicken in "Evening Twilight"?
(a) He is defending himself against an attacker.
(b) He thinks there is an offensive note in it.
(c) He had had too much to drink.
(d) He dislikes the way the chicken tastes.

3. Why do the fairies in "The Fairies' Gifts" have to work quickly?
(a) They have a time limit.
(b) They naturally move fast.
(c) They will lose their powers if they slow down.
(d) The children they work with age quickly.

4. Why does the narrator not go to speak to the mountebank about his wares in "The Old Mountebank"?
(a) He does not want to embarrass him.
(b) He does not like what he is selling.
(c) He does not have any money.
(d) He starts talking to a woman.

5. How many devils visit the narrator of "The Temptations: Or, Eros, Plutus, and Fame"?
(a) Four.
(b) Six.
(c) Three.
(d) Five.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does the narrator of "The Dog and The Vial" get the perfume?

2. How is the scent of the hair in "A Hemisphere in Her Hair" described?

3. How does the poet describe the words "multitude" and "solitude" in "Crowds"?

4. How is "The Foreigner" organized?

5. In "The Double Room", what does the narrator call the woman on the bed?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "Good Dogs", how does the poet compare dogs to humans?

2. What does the fourth boy in "Vocations" tell the others?

3. In "The Artist's Confiteor", why is the artist upset?

4. In "The Firing Range and the Graveyard", what happens to the man when he enters the graveyard?

5. What is the "Introduction" to this collection of poems?

6. What leads the man in "Let's Beat Up the Poor" to beat the beggar?

7. In "The Double Room", what does the narrator dream about?

8. How does the narrator of "The Toy of the Poor" say poor children are similar to rich children?

9. How does the man in "The Mirror" react to the narrator's question?

10. What are the fairies doing in "The Fairies' Gifts"?

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