The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry Test | Final Test - Medium

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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. Michael S. Harper created his work by combining autobiography and ____.
(a) Science.
(b) Myth.
(c) Fiction.
(d) Slang.

2. Which poet works at Johns Hopkins University?
(a) Olds.
(b) Clampitt.
(c) Smith.
(d) Hacker.

3. Rita Dove was named as the ____ Poet Laureate.
(a) 7th.
(b) 8th.
(c) 9th.
(d) 11th.

4. Which of the following words is not used to describe Wright's work?
(a) Surreal.
(b) Mundane.
(c) Rhetorical.
(d) Nostalgic.

5. Sharon Olds is often labeled as a ______ poet.
(a) Mainstream.
(b) Regressional.
(c) Confessional.
(d) Controversial.

Short Answer Questions

1. What award did Yusef Komunyakaa receive for military service?

2. Which poet wrote "The Gas Station?"

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

4. Heather McHugh studied under which famous poet?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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. 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.

4. What type of work did Richard Howard produce? Examine Richard Howard's fascination with the figures of 19th century high society. Also list some of the poems contained in his section.

5. Examine the theme of acceptance and the passing of time as it appears in Jorie Graham's work.

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

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

8. 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?

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. 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?

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