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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. Hugo teaches that words love the _____ of people's minds.
(a) Corny inhabitants.
(b) Ridiculous areas.
(c) Malleability.
(d) Sticky problems.

2. What kind of voice does Hugo say that Roethke used in class?
(a) An intellectually seductive voice.
(b) A humphrey Bogart voice.
(c) A W.C. Fields-as-gangster voice.
(d) A high tenor voice.

3. Hugo says that once a language exists only to convey information, it is _____.
(a) Interesting.
(b) Dictating.
(c) Evolved.
(d) Dying.

4. People who hated the town left long ago and are wealthy in ____ in one assumption.
(a) South Africa.
(b) Thailand.
(c) England.
(d) Greece.

5. Hugo thinks it is easier to write when you can ignore relative values and go with the _____ of words.
(a) Didacticism.
(b) Flow and thrust.
(c) Overall concept.
(d) Finer points.

Short Answer Questions

1. One assumption says that the churches are always _____.

2. What is poorly maintained in one assumption, causing only a few people to attend events there?

3. One of Hugo's assumptions states that the name of the triggering town must appear _____.

4. Who says that poets don't take things as seriously as other people?

5. On which day of the week does the wind stop blowing in one assumption?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hugo describe the role of the imagination in poetry?

2. Why does Hugo say that Roethke thinks that young chicks are the best students?

3. Why are people suspicious of Hugo in the assumption about couples?

4. According to Hugo, what can happen to facts when writing a poem?

5. In Hugo's opinion, why do most students respect Roethke as a teacher?

6. Describe the schoolhouse in the triggering town and who teaches there.

7. What happens to Hugo when he lives in New York in one assumption?

8. In the poem "At Stillit's Mouth", what does Hugo say about his own sense of the dramatic?

9. According to Hugo, what happens to words in a news article?

10. How does Hugo describe Hieronymous Bosch's relationship with his paintings?

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