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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How old was Gary Snyder when he was laid up for an accident for four months?
(a) Six.
(b) Ten.
(c) Three.
(d) Seven.

2. Which cited Bob Dylan song asks when African Americans will be free?
(a) "Blowin' in the Wind."
(b) "Lay Lady Lay."
(c) "Hard Rain."
(d) "Tarantula."

3. Which poem of Amiri Baraka's describes the black music scene in Newark in the early 1960s?
(a) "In Memory of Radio."
(b) "Three Laments."
(c) "Way Out West."
(d) "The Screamers."

4. Who wrote "Sourdough Mountain Lookout"?
(a) Gregory Corso.
(b) Philip Whalen.
(c) Allen Ginsberg.
(d) Jack Kerouac.

5. How old is William Burroughs Junior when he first smokes marijuana in "Tales of Beatnik Glory"?
(a) 12.
(b) 15.
(c) 16.
(d) 14.

6. Who is a former girlfriend of Jack Kerouac and wrote a book called "Minor Characters" about some of the lesser known people in Beat circles?
(a) Jan Anderson.
(b) Carolyn Cassady.
(c) Joyce Johnson.
(d) Anna Smith.

7. Which author wrote the poem "The Death of Kin Chuen Louie"?
(a) Michael McClure.
(b) Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
(c) Allen Ginsberg
(d) Gregory Corso.

8. In "Tales of Beatnik Glory," William Burroughs Junior writes about his experiences visiting his father in _______________.
(a) Tangiers.
(b) Big Sur.
(c) Tijuana.
(d) Casablanca.

9. Who is the author of the poem "The Canticle of Jack Kerouac"?
(a) Allen Ginsberg.
(b) William S. Burroughs.
(c) Neal Cassady.
(d) Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

10. Baraka's letter to "Evergreen Review" discusses whose rules for writing prose?
(a) Ginsberg.
(b) Corso.
(c) Burroughs.
(d) Kerouac.

11. Which of the founders of Russian anarchism is referred to in the poem "April Fool Birthday Poem for Grandpa"?
(a) Kropotkin.
(b) Krympotin.
(c) Brygatin.
(d) Vrostkin.

12. Who wrote "Dinners and Nightmares"?
(a) Allen Ginsberg.
(b) Carolyn Cassady.
(c) Jack Kerouac.
(d) Diane DiPrima.

13. Who cuts off someone's fingers in the poem "Nova Express"?
(a) A little girl.
(b) A grandmother.
(c) A handicapped man.
(d) A mother.

14. Where is Diane DiPrima from?
(a) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
(b) Brooklyn, New York.
(c) Los Angeles, California.
(d) Sacramento, California.

15. Who "poofed into fat air" in the poem "Columbia U Poesy Reading--1975"?
(a) Gregory Corso.
(b) Jack Kerouac.
(c) Philip Whalen.
(d) Allen Ginsberg.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is "tea" in reference to in the poem "A Poem for the Tea Heads"?

2. What was Amiri Baraka's birth name?

3. Who developed the "cut-up" method of writing used by William S. Burroughs?

4. What poem by Ray Bremser is included in the text?

5. In the poem "Les Luths," Frank O'Hara writes of wondering what _______________ is doing.

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