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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. Marilyn Hacker spends six months of the year in New York; the other six months in _____.
(a) Vancouver.
(b) Amsterdam.
(c) Paris.
(d) New Orleans.

2. Which of the following was not a job held by Amy Clampitt?
(a) Editor.
(b) Translator.
(c) Researcher.
(d) Librarian.

3. Which poet often used inner city life as a theme?
(a) Oliver.
(b) Lorde.
(c) Williams.
(d) Wright.

4. Which poet wrote the poem titled, "Mock Orange?"
(a) Ryan.
(b) Palmer.
(c) Gluck.
(d) McPherson.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Marilyn Hacker previously worked as a salesperson. Which item did Hacker sell?

2. Philip Levine held which of the following jobs?

3. Jorie Graham's work is often referred to as being _____.

4. Which of the following is a main theme in Amy Clampitt's work?

5. Adrienne Rich practiced which religion?

Short Essay Questions

1. Examine the theme and meaning contained in Rita Dove's "Adolescence - II." How does the theme link to Dove's other work?

2. What is Mary Oliver's style? How does Mary Oliver incorporate nature into her work? What unique gift does Oliver have as a poet?

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

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

5. How does Michael S. Harper incorporate his heritage into his work? What was Harper's biggest influence? What themes commonly appear in his poetry? List some of Harper's poems that appear in this book.

6. Discuss Amy Clampitt's early career. What are some of Clampitt's themes?

7. Who is Robert Pinsky's main influence? What is Robert Pinsky's goal regarding his poetry? What topic most interests Pinsky? How does Pinsky get his point across?

8. Who was Adrienne Rich? What causes did she promote through her work?

9. What first inspired Charles Wright to write poetry? Where was Wright at the time? How can Wright's early work be characterized? How did Charles Wright's work evolve?

10. 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.

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