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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. Where is the Jain Bird Hospital located?
(a) Moscow.
(b) Delhi.
(c) Prague.
(d) Budapest.

2. Randall Jarrell's poetry is typically centered around which event/era?
(a) Civil War.
(b) The Great Depression.
(c) World War II.
(d) World War I.

3. W.S. Merwin attended which Ivy League school?
(a) Columbia.
(b) Harvard.
(c) Princeton.
(d) Yale.

4. What was A.R. Ammons field of study in college?
(a) Chemistry.
(b) Music.
(c) Mathematics.
(d) Philosophy.

5. Robert Penn Warren is said to have written poetry in a _____ style.
(a) Mercenary.
(b) Melancholy.
(c) Metaphysical.
(d) Minimalist.

Short Answer Questions

1. Richard Hugo taught at which university?

2. Which of the following was not one of Robert Creeley's jobs?

3. Which of Cunningham's poems it the first to appear in his section?

4. Which was not one of Cunningham's jobs?

5. What word is best used to describe Robert Lowell?

Short Essay Questions

1. Dave Smith's work has been compared to which famous poets? Discuss Smith's earlier poems and the evolution of his work.

2. In which regions and countries did Irving Feldman live? What are some of the characteristics of Feldman's work? Name three people that appear in Feldman's poetry.

3. Examine Yusef Komunyakaa's background and influences regarding his work.

4. 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?

5. Discuss Michael S. Palmer's poem "H." what is the main theme of the poem? Does the reader get a clear vision of Palmer's insight? What might the poem mean?

6. What prompted Anne Sexton to begin writing poetry? What was Sexton's style? What are some characteristics of Sexton's style?

7. Who was the biggest influence in Sylvia Plath's life? When did they meet? What type of work is most often related to Plath? Plath is often grouped with which poets?

8. Where was Charles Simic born? How did his youth affect his poetry? What themes are often seen in Simic's work? What technique is often used by Simic?

9. Why is Robert Penn Warren considered to be one of the country's most famous poets? What position did Warren hold in the 1960s?

10. Which major award was won by W. D. Snodgrass? How might Snodgrass' poems be described?

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