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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 does "Doctors" criticize?
(a) Modern medicine.
(b) Psychiatric care.
(c) Bedside manner.
(d) Medication.

2. Who is killed the same day that the speaker receives a visitor in "Sweeney"?
(a) The author's brother.
(b) The author's neighbor.
(c) The author's cousin.
(d) The author's sister.

3. Who is an outcast in "One Eye, Two Eyes, Three Eyes"?
(a) The daughter with three eyes.
(b) The daughter with two eyes.
(c) The daughter with one eye.
(d) The son.

4. "The Silence" explains the motivation to write as an attempt to remain occupied so that what remains at bay?
(a) Reminders of dreams forgotten.
(b) Reminders of death.
(c) Reminders of a lost love.
(d) Reminders of responsibilities.

5. What poem personifies death as a hurried traveler?
(a) "The Hex."
(b) "The Assassin."
(c) "Going Gone."
(d) "The Other."

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose quote inspired The Awful Rowing Toward God?

2. What type of conflict is present in "The Civil War"?

3. Who saves the fiddler in "The Wonderful Musician"?

4. Whose Biblical story is retold in "Making a Living"?

5. "Hansel and Gretel" is about whose wild obsession?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Sexton deal with Christianity in "The Jesus Papers"?

2. How is The Book of Folly set up?

3. What inspired The Awful Rowing Toward God?

4. When was The Death Notebooks published? How does this affect the poems in the collection?

5. Why do so many of the poems in The Death Notebooks deal with spirituality and Christianity?

6. Compare and contrast "The Death of Fathers" with "Angels of the Love Affair."

7. Explain Sexton's retelling of the Biblical story of Jonah and the whale in "Making a Living".

8. Explain Sexton's revision of "Rapunzel."

9. What does "Mary's Song" say about Sexton?

10. Why does The Awful Rowing Toward God begin with the poem "Rowing"?

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