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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. What is the author's relationship with the subject of "Somewhere in Africa"?
(a) Wife.
(b) Friend.
(c) Colleague.
(d) Student.

2. What is the subject of "Again and Again and Again"?
(a) Returning to a lover.
(b) A woman scorned.
(c) Longing for a lover.
(d) Calling specific memories to mind.

3. What is the lover compared to in "Mr. Mine"?
(a) An architect.
(b) A therapist.
(c) A carnival ride operator.
(d) A kitten.

4. "Music Swims Back To Me" presents an irony of the freedom where?
(a) In a hospital room.
(b) Confined to a home.
(c) Parenthood.
(d) In an asylum.

5. Who bathes in the river in "It Is a Spring Afternoon"?
(a) The speaker.
(b) Blind men.
(c) The speaker's husband.
(d) The speaker's lover.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the speaker pledge in "The Fortress"?

2. How many poems are in Part 2 of the author's first book of poetry?

3. "Torn Down From Glory Daily" describes an encounter with a group of what?

4. Who does the author decide to endure the pains of life for in the last poem in Live or Die?

5. What kind of accident is the subject of "Pain for a Daughter"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the crossroads Sexton finds herself at in "The Fortress"?

2. What makes To Bedlam and Part Way Back autobiographical?

3. What is the significance of the title Live or Die?

4. How does Sexton use her poetry as a form of therapy in Live or Die?

5. Compare and contrast "The Double Image" and "The Division of Parts."

6. Explain how Sexton uses religion in All the Pretty Ones.

7. Why do you think Part 2 of To Bedlam and Part Way Back only contains three poems?

8. Explain how Sexton expresses love in All the Pretty Ones.

9. What is the focus of Part 2 of To Bedlam and Part Way Back?

10. Compare and contrast "The Interrogation of the Man of Many Hearts" with "For My Lover, Returning to His Wife."

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