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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who are the authors of the poems Bishop translated in Translations?
(a) Poets she mentored.
(b) Her colleagues and mentors.
(c) Poets she disliked but respected.
(d) Famous poets she never met.

2. Who marches the mouse to his execution in "The Hanging of the Mouse"?
(a) Raccoons.
(b) Ants.
(c) Beetles.
(d) Rats.

3. In "Lullaby for the Cat," what does the cat not want to do?
(a) Sleep.
(b) Wake up.
(c) Eat.
(d) Go outside.

4. What happens to the man in "Brazilian Tragedy"?
(a) He gets married.
(b) He gets a divorce.
(c) He leaves the woman.
(d) He has a breakdown.

5. What does "Brazilian Tragedy" depict?
(a) Bishop rescuing Bandeira.
(b) Bishop's hard life in Brazil.
(c) Bandeira's sadness in Brazil.
(d) A man rescuing a prostitute.

6. Where might the visitor go next in "The House Guest"?
(a) Military school.
(b) A mental hospital.
(c) A convent.
(d) Paris.

7. Where is the poet located as she composes "The Moose"?
(a) A bus in Alaska.
(b) A train in Alaska.
(c) A bus in Canada.
(d) A train in Canada.

8. Where did the poem "Sunday at Key West" originally appear?
(a) In a letter to Bishop's landlady.
(b) In a letter to Marianne Moore.
(c) In a newspaper.
(d) In an anthology.

9. How does "Brazilian Tragedy" end?
(a) With a drug overdose.
(b) With cutting veins.
(c) With a hanging.
(d) With gun violence.

10. What experience does the reader gain from the poems in Translations?
(a) Poetry from a different time and place.
(b) Bishop's view of the poems.
(c) A sense of Bishop's relationship with the poets.
(d) Poetry from Bishop's time and place.

11. To what does the poet compare love in the third part of Three Valentines?
(a) A baby bird.
(b) A mother bird.
(c) A sea bird.
(d) A feathered bird.

12. What does "For C.W.B." depict?
(a) Sleep.
(b) Nature.
(c) Music.
(d) Food.

13. What memory does the toad in "Giant Toad" recall?
(a) Being chased.
(b) Being forced to smoke a cigarette.
(c) Being dropped in someone's soup.
(d) Being left in someone's bed.

14. What does Bishop's subject matter in the poems in Uncollected Work and Geography III tell us about her?
(a) She focuses on the negative.
(b) She seeks to see beyond the norm.
(c) She is interested in the exotic.
(d) She sees everyday things in typical ways.

15. Why does the toad in "Giant Toad" pity himself?
(a) He is large and helpless.
(b) He is large and ugly.
(c) He is large and lame.
(d) He is large and alone.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the poet explore in "For C.W.B."?

2. What is the subject of many of the poems in Translations?

3. What do the Brothers of the Souls know about the pauper in 'From "The Life and Death of a Severino"'?

4. How does the man treat the woman in "Brazilian Tragedy"?

5. What two things does the poem "Pleasure Seas" compare?

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