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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. Which word is best used to describe the work of Sandra McPherson?
(a) Elegant.
(b) Rough-hewn.
(c) Refined.
(d) Primitive.

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

3. Which of the following was not one of the jobs held by Gary Snyder?
(a) Forester.
(b) Ditch digger.
(c) Logger.
(d) Seaman.

4. Robert Haas earned his Ph.D. from which university?
(a) Stanford.
(b) Columbia.
(c) MIT.
(d) Berkeley.

5. How old was Amy Clampitt when her first book was published?
(a) 58.
(b) 70.
(c) 63.
(d) 67.

Short Answer Questions

1. In which year did Anne Sexton win the Pulitzer Prize?

2. Mark Strand was name as the _____ Poet Laureate.

3. Charles Wright wrote an homage to which famous painter?

4. Who prompted Anne Sexton to start a writing career?

5. Yusef Komunyakaa's father was born in which country?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Discuss the rhyme and tone of "Ballad of Ladies Lost and Found." Who are some of the people mentioned in the poem? What is the rhyme scheme? What form does Hacker use in this poem?

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

4. Heather McHugh's poem, "The Typewriter's the Kind," tells the story of a writer sitting in front of a type writer. Discuss the meaning of the poem and which passage best describes what McHugh is feeling about her work.

5. Jay Wright had a way of combining facts about various cultures and relating them to his heritage. Discuss Wright's heritage and how he celebrated the accomplishments of others.

6. Examine Kay Ryan's opinion on inevitable change. What point is Ryan attempting to make?

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

8. 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?

9. 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.

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

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