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

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In what year did Charles Simic bring his family to the US?
(a) 1957.
(b) 1961.
(c) 1949.
(d) 1953.

2. Who wrote "The Mad Potter?"
(a) Kinnell.
(b) Sexton.
(c) Hollander.
(d) Levine.

3. Which of the following is a main theme in Amy Clampitt's work?
(a) Death.
(b) Self.
(c) God.
(d) Morality.

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

5. What was the occupation of Kay Ryan's father?
(a) Gas station attendant.
(b) Railroad engineer.
(c) Salesman.
(d) Well driller.

6. Michael Palmer is said to be one of the original ____ poets.
(a) Beat.
(b) Pre-war.
(c) Renaissance.
(d) Language.

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

8. Galway Kinnell wrote about which of the following topics?
(a) Super ID.
(b) Ego.
(c) Mental illness.
(d) Closed self.

9. What was the name of Sylvia Plath's husband?
(a) Wakefield.
(b) Hughes.
(c) Warner.
(d) Milford.

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

11. Yusef Komunyakaa's father was born in which country?
(a) Japan.
(b) Turkey.
(c) Trinidad.
(d) Israel.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Adrienne Rich practiced which religion?

2. Gary Snyder referred to himself as having very ____ values.

3. Which of the poets was born in the south but uses a northern perspective?

4. Which of the following was not a job held by Amy Clampitt?

5. In Sharon Olds' "The Glass," she writes about her father who is dying from a tumor in which part of his body?

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