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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. What position did Dickey hold in the army during WWII?
(a) Chaplain.
(b) Fighter pilot.
(c) Mechanic.
(d) Medic.

2. Which of the following words is not used in reference to Howard Nemerov's work?
(a) Ironic.
(b) Light.
(c) Sardonic.
(d) Brooding.

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

4. "Amusing Our Daughters" was written to which of the poet's family members?
(a) Father.
(b) Mother.
(c) Brother.
(d) Sister.

5. "The Tourist from Syracuse" was inspired by the writing of which author?
(a) Miller.
(b) MacDonald.
(c) Mackey.
(d) Mailer.

Short Answer Questions

1. "Mule Team and Poster" was based on a photograph taken by which of the following?

2. In which year did Merrill win the Pulitzer Prize?

3. Merwin, a former expatriate, lives in which US state?

4. Which of the poets wrote a piece titled, "Frederick Douglass?"

5. From which university did Theodore Roethke graduate?

Short Essay Questions

1. What prestigious position did Carolyn Kizer hold? Who greatly influenced Kizer's work? What major award did Kizer receive?

2. Discuss the poets listed in the first section. Examine at least one of the topics two or more of the poets have in common.

3. Describe William Meredith's work and his main focus. Also list some of the poems included in his section.

4. What is unique about Charles Olson's work? What did Olson do to prepare to write about a particular place or era? How did Olson believe work should be paced?

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

6. Give a brief description of Jean Garrigue's life and work.

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

9. 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?

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

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