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. Instead of using a common set of opposites, the author suggests using something similar to which topic?

2. Who wrote "The Shell Game?"

3. Complete the name of this chapter: ""Matthewsian Invisible ____."

4. Who wrote "Block, Pillar, Slab, and Beam?"

5. What is the purpose of "Index/Table of Contents Exercise?"

Short Essay Questions

1. What should students use as a basis for writing a poem in the section titled "Lyric Poetry"?

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

3. Why does the author choose to use "A Lewis Carroll Carol" as a learning tool?

4. Name two exercises that give students ideas on how to jump start or rewrite a poem that is not working in its present state.

5. What is the "Matthewsian Invisible Hinge?"

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

7. According to the author of this section, what is the most difficult task facing students?

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

9. How is the technique used in "The Party of the Century" valuable as a group exercise?

10. What type of music is suggested in "Shall We Dance"? What should students focus on regarding the beat?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "The Widow" students are required to write through the eyes of a woman whose husband has recently drowned. Explain in detail how you would put yourself in the widow's shoes? What techniques might you employ to create a complete and believable character study of the widow? Would your writing experience be easier or more difficult if you had experienced the same tragedy?

Essay Topic 2

In "Estrangement and Reconciliation: The Self has it Out with the Self" Leslie Ullman requires the poet to have a poetic argument with oneself. What is the purpose of the exercise? Choose one of the following:

1. Write a series of poems featuring the two sides of self involved in an ethical dilemma. Be sure to represent each side equally.

2. Write a series of poems from the perspective of a person with a personality disorder, such as multiple personalities.

Essay Topic 3

Examine and explain the steps used in "Twenty Little Poetry Projects" by Jim Simmerman. Which steps are the most important? Are there any that are redundant or unnecessary? Explain. Create a poem using this technique.

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