Spoon River Anthology Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. What saved Alfred Moir's soul?

2. Who returns to Spoon River in The Spooniad?

3. Why did Hannah Armstrong contact President Lincoln?

4. Why did Henry C. Calhoun want to avenge?

5. Who stands against the plan to overthrow the conservative party?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is one theme of the section beginning with Edmund Pollard and ending with Dippold the Optician?

2. Herman Altman and Columbus Cheney introduce the idea of reincarnation to the Anthology. Does this fit in with the Anthology's theme of spiritual evolution? If so, how? If not, why not?

3. Compare and contrast E. C. Culbertson and Hildrup Tubbs.

4. How was Lucinda Matlock able to deal with the deaths of eight of her twelve children?

5. Compare and contrast the village atheist and John Ballard.

6. How does William Goode justify his aimless wandering?

7. What souls are in the section beginning with Zilpha Marsh and ending with Webster Ford?

8. What does Lyman King say about Fate?

9. Give three examples of enlightened souls in the section beginning with Edmund Pollard and ending with Dippold the Optician.

10. Compare and contrast Zilpha Marsh and Lydia Humphrey.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Masters explore ethics in "Spoon River Anthology"? Use the example of at least one resident to support your claims.

Essay Topic 2

Whose story is the most important in "Spoon River Anthology"? Why? How does this person's story affect the rest of the residents?

Essay Topic 3

Explain the importance of Masters's use of point of view in "Spoon River Anthology".

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