The Practice of Poetry Test | Final Test - Hard

Robin Behn
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. "The Party of the Century" reviews what technique?

2. What type of song is "Shall We Dance?"

3. "Cut-and-Shuffle" encourages:

4. This section teaches students about which poetic aspect?

5. What woman's name is mentioned as an example?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the two basic structures used in "Truth in Strangeness: Accidents, Chance and the Non-rational?"

2. How does the exercise on sonnets create a friendly forum and technique for students?

3. What is the goal in the section titled "Stealing the Goods"?

4. What is Free Verse Lineation? What is the purpose of using it in an exercise?

5. What is a nesting rhyme? How does it compare to a diminishing rhyme? Explain the technique.

6. How important is it for students to choose a simple object for a Definition Poem?

7. What is an "imitative fallacy?" How is it used in poetry and by whom?

8. What is the purpose of the exercises in "Cut and Shuffle?" What technique is used?

9. Explain the instructions for "Smash Palace" and its purpose.

10. What is the purpose of "Block, Pillar, Slab, and Beam?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "Dramatic Monologue: Carving the Voice, Carving the Masks," the author requires students to write through the eyes of another, effectively creating or using another voice rather than one's own. Explain how this might be done. What voice would you choose to use? How would you achieve the transformation? Would it be easier or more difficult to choose a fictional character? Would it be easier or more difficult to write through the eyes of the opposite sex?

Essay Topic 2

What is the "Matthewsian Invisible Hinge?" How is it used in Part Five? What will a poet learn by using this technique? Are there any other techniques in the book that would offer the same results? Explain. Also give an example of a famous poem using this method.

Essay Topic 3

Ann Lauterbach introduces students to a new way of looking at language in "First Words." Explain Lauterbach's beliefs regarding beginning poets and their preconceived notions. Do you agree think that preconceived notions of language can be a hindrance? Are the preconceptions more or less difficult when working with a foreign language as opposed to English? How can one overcome these preconceived notions and habits? Give an example of at least three words that may conjure up preconceived notions and create an alternative view for each.

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