The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Gary Snyder focuses a lot of his work around which topic?
(a) Love.
(b) God.
(c) Death.
(d) Nature.

2. Kay Ryan and her work are compared to all but which of the following women?
(a) Dickinson.
(b) Swenson.
(c) Sand.
(d) Moore.

3. Philip Levine held which of the following jobs?
(a) Bank teller.
(b) Insurance salesman.
(c) Railroad shipper.
(d) Chicken farmer.

4. Which poet wrote about the "domestic self?"
(a) Levine.
(b) Kinnell.
(c) Hollander.
(d) Sexton.

5. Which of the poets also worked as a playwright?
(a) Wright.
(b) Lorde.
(c) Oliver.
(d) Williams.

6. Which of the following words best describes Sharon Olds' work?
(a) Startling.
(b) Mellow.
(c) Crude.
(d) Simplistic.

7. Jay Wright honored famed black scientist _______ in his work.
(a) Washington.
(b) Banneker.
(c) Lowell.
(d) Woods.

8. Jorie Graham was raised in which country?
(a) Canada.
(b) Pakistan.
(c) Italy.
(d) US.

9. Which president is mentioned in the title of one of Wright's poems?
(a) Hoover.
(b) Washington.
(c) Jefferson.
(d) Truman.

10. Which poet wrote "The Old Cosmologists?"
(a) Palmer.
(b) Ryan.
(c) Gluck.
(d) McPherson.

11. Which poet works at Johns Hopkins University?
(a) Olds.
(b) Clampitt.
(c) Hacker.
(d) Smith.

12. Which poet wrote "The Gas Station?"
(a) Lorde.
(b) Williams.
(c) Wright.
(d) Oliver.

13. In Louise Gluck's "Messengers" which of the following seems to be waiting for the poet?
(a) Fans.
(b) Clouds.
(c) Children.
(d) Animals.

14. Michael Harper was greatly influenced by which type of music?
(a) Swing.
(b) Country.
(c) Asian.
(d) Jazz.

15. Which poet wrote the poem titled, "Mock Orange?"
(a) Gluck.
(b) Ryan.
(c) Palmer.
(d) McPherson.

Short Answer Questions

1. Robert Haas earned his Ph.D. from which university?

2. Heather McHugh's work is often compared to the work of ______.

3. Charles Simic wrote a poem dedicated to which common item?

4. Unlike many poets, Robert Pinsky has no interest in _____.

5. Anne Sexton lived in which city?

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