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. Sylvia Plath wrote a poem in honor of God's lioness _____.
(a) Bast.
(b) Demeter.
(c) Ariel.
(d) Ilsa.

2. Which poet wrote "Another Life?"
(a) Bidart.
(b) Simic.
(c) Harper.
(d) Pinsky.

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

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

5. In which year did Anne Sexton win the Pulitzer Prize?
(a) 1958.
(b) 1974.
(c) 1962.
(d) 1967.

6. Mary Oliver believed that the majority of her poems were ______.
(a) Awkward.
(b) Epiphanies.
(c) Flawless.
(d) Visionary.

7. Philip Levine was greatly impacted by which war?
(a) World War II.
(b) Spanish War.
(c) War of the Roses.
(d) Korean War.

8. Mark Strand was born in which country?
(a) Brazil.
(b) England.
(c) Mexico.
(d) Canada.

9. Later in his career, Williams changed his style to reflect that of which famous poet?
(a) Emerson.
(b) Whitman.
(c) Longfellow.
(d) Wordsworth.

10. Gary Snyder referred to himself as having very ____ values.
(a) Liberal.
(b) Archaic.
(c) Visionary.
(d) Simple.

11. The reader's ____ are a significant part of Michael Palmer's poetry.
(a) Beliefs.
(b) Dreams.
(c) Preferences.
(d) Perceptions.

12. Rita Dove's work often blends history with which type of poetry?
(a) Quatrain.
(b) Lyric.
(c) Villanelle.
(d) Epigram.

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

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

15. In which year did Anne Sexton die?
(a) 1974.
(b) 1981.
(c) 1978.
(d) 1967.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Anne Sexton lived in which city?

3. Who wrote "Venetian Interior, 1889?"

4. Michael S. Harper created his work by combining autobiography and ____.

5. In what year was Robert Haas named Poet Laureate?

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