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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. One of Randall Jarrell's poems is titled, "The Women at the ____ Zoo."
(a) New York.
(b) Washington.
(c) San Diego.
(d) Toronto.

2. In which year did Merrill win the Pulitzer Prize?
(a) 1983.
(b) 1969.
(c) 1972.
(d) 1979.

3. Carolyn Kizer wrote a poem about man's abuse of which natural resource?
(a) Air.
(b) Oil.
(c) Steel.
(d) Water.

4. At the same time, Frank O'Hara also mourned the death of which musician?
(a) Lanza.
(b) LaTouche.
(c) Lieberman.
(d) Leopold.

5. Which of the following was not one of Robert Creeley's jobs?
(a) Translator.
(b) Chicken farmer.
(c) Publisher.
(d) Ambulance driver.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who served as the first Poet Laureate of the United States?

2. Ammons favored which style?

3. Justice writes a poem about a lone reader waiting in a _____ at dusk.

4. Which poet cites Auden and Frost as his influences?

5. Which of the poets had a Hasidic Russian rabbi for a father?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Richard Hugo's work and possible influence on style and subject.

2. Name at least one of the main themes that can be seen in James Merrill's work. What is Merrill's genre? List some of the poems included in Merrill's section.

3. Discuss the varied activities of James Dickey and the one thing that supposedly changed his life. What are some of the themes involved in Dickey's work?

4. What was Allen Ginsberg's first major success? What made Ginsberg into an iconic poet?

5. What were some of the unusual jobs held by Robert Creeley? Who were Creelye's influenecs? How does Creeley feel about speaking to his readers?

6. Give a brief overview of Robert Lowell's life and work as a poet. What were Lowell's main topics? Which techniques did he favor when writing poetry? Also list at least four of Lowell's poems.

7. Discuss the wide variety of jobs held by Richard Wilbur. Also discuss Wilbur's style and the poems in which the style is exhibited in this collection.

8. What is unusual about W.S. Merwin's choice of career? What are some of the main topics and/or themes often used by Merwin?

9. Discuss some of David Wagoner's influences and inspirations. How is Wagoner's work characterized?

10. What is the purpose of the anthology? Who is involved? What are the criteria for the poets? How do these poets reflect the popularity and talent of twentieth century poets?

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