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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. Why does the speaker in "Necessity" finally decide he has to work after all?
(a) Because he has to pay his rent.
(b) Because he doesn't want to go to jail.
(c) Because not working is actually kind of boring.
(d) Because he doesn't want to stay around his girlfriend all day.

2. What does the speaker hope for her child in the poem "Lament over Love"?
(a) That he or she will stop being so bratty all the time.
(b) The he or she will never love a man.
(c) That he or she will go to college.
(d) That he or she will not grow up to be poor.

3. Which of the following is NOT listed as a job Madam has to do in "Madam and Her Madam"?
(a) Do the laundry.
(b) Fetch the groceries.
(c) Take care of the children.
(d) Cook.

4. What does the speaker compare love to in "Lament over Love"?
(a) The ocean.
(b) Alcohol.
(c) Poison.
(d) An earthquake.

5. How many women are helping plan the parade in "Parade"?
(a) Five.
(b) Thirteen.
(c) Seven.
(d) Seventeen.

Short Answer Questions

1. What children's rhyme does the speaker mention in "Children's Rhymes"?

2. What in particular does the speaker need a dime for in "Down and Out"?

3. What does the speaker claim is such a bore in "Ennui"?

4. Which color hands are NOT mentioned in "Daybreak in Alabama"?

5. What place is the speaker trying to avoid in "One-Way Ticket"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do both "Still Here" and "Me and the Mule" celebrate?

2. What is the commonality between all of the poems in "Lament Over Love"?

3. What are three sub-themes that appear in "Note on Commercial Theater"?

4. Why do some of the women in the "Lament Over Love" section claim to still participate in bad relationships with men?

5. How does Madam prefer to handle her suitors?

6. How does the speaker compare his relationship with the South and the North in "The South"?

7. How are men portrayed in the poems in "Lament Over Love"?

8. What does the speaker in "High to Low" accuse the "low" African-Americans of doing?

9. What is the speaker talking about in "Note on Commercial Theater"?

10. What does the speaker in "Hard Daddy" want to be an eagle?

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