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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. How does Bishop tend to portray caves and shores in North and South?
(a) Dismissively.
(b) Reverently.
(c) Objectively.
(d) Symbolically.

2. Where does Micucu hide in "The Burglar of Babylon"?
(a) In a ditch.
(b) In a church.
(c) In the hills.
(d) In a barn.

3. What does the older character teach the younger in "Manners"?
(a) One must honor one's parents.
(b) Table manners.
(c) How to behave as a guest in someone's home.
(d) All people deserve respect.

4. In what year does Questions of Travel begin?
(a) 1942.
(b) 1952.
(c) 1962.
(d) 1953.

5. To what does Bishop devote three poems to in North and South?
(a) Midnight.
(b) Weekends.
(c) Morning.
(d) Evening.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the tone of the Four Poems?

2. What is involved in the resolution of Four Poems?

3. What does the man in "The Gentleman of Shalott" believe about being only part of a man?

4. To what topic do many of Bishop's observations in the poems in North and South pertain?

5. In what Southern state are some of the poems in North and South set?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of the trees capturing the music in "View of the Capitol from the Library of Congress"?

2. How do the poet's descriptions in "Arrival at Santos" reflect her dual state of mind?

3. Why does "Arrival at Santos" end with the tour group heading toward the interior of Brazil?

4. Does Bishop see the ocean as ever-changing or never changing in the poems in Cold Spring?

5. Why does Bishop use the structure of building each line upon the last in "Visits to St. Elizabeth's"?

6. How does Bishop feel about winter in "The Colder the Air"?

7. In what way does the language contrast with the emotional situation in "Songs for a Colored Singer?"

8. Why does Bishop chose the word "flying" in "Invitation to Miss Marianne Moore"?

9. What is the relationship between the fisherman and the fishhouse in "At the Fishhouses"?

10. How does Bishop portray the hermit's loneliness in "Chemin de Fer"?

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