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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. According to "Rhyme Against the Living," who is lucky?
(a) Young lovers.
(b) Widows.
(c) The living.
(d) The dead.

2. Why does Hazel purchase the bottles of veronal?
(a) To help her commit suicide.
(b) To help her deal with the pains in her back.
(c) To help her sleep at night.
(d) To help her lose weight.

3. During what year is the story "Just a Little One" set?
(a) 1932.
(b) 1925.
(c) 1919.
(d) 1928.

4. To what story does "The Maid-Servant at the Inn" allude?
(a) Romeo and Juliet.
(b) The Odyssey.
(c) The birth of Jesus.
(d) Pilgrim's Progress.

5. How does Mrs. Murdock feel about her dress as she leaves her visit with Miss Noyes and Lily Wynton?
(a) She wants to alter it to look more like Lily Wynton's dress.
(b) She is embarrassed by the plain style and color.
(c) The dress makes her feel like an actress on stage.
(d) She feels a tenderness toward her clothes because they are her own.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the girl in "The Last Tea" think about girls who drink alcohol.

2. How long have Mr. and Mrs. Weldon been married in the story "Too Bad"?

3. What does Mona say is wrong with her?

4. Who is Mrs. Hofstadter who lives on Josephine Street?

5. For what is the narrator of "Sonnet For the End of a Sequence" grateful?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the narrator's tone in the story "Just a Little One."

2. In the short story "The Last Tea," why does the girl brag about the evening that she had the night before?

3. In the poem "The Last Question," what is the purpose of the italicized lines?

4. What is the cause of Mr. and Mrs. Weldon's divorce in the short story "Too Bad"?

5. Compare the poems "Star Light, Star Bright--" and "Purposely Ungrammatical Love Song." How are they similar?

6. How does the narrator of "Lady With a Lamp" make Mona feel worse rather than better?

7. Compare the poems "Ultimatum" and "Requiescat." How are they similar?

8. What story is told through the poem "There Was One"?

9. Describe Mr. Cruger's attitude toward his daughter in the story "Horsie."

10. In "Mrs. Hofstadter on Josephine Street," how is Horace the exact opposite of what the narrator and her husband are looking for?

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