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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. Mark Strand was name as the _____ Poet Laureate.
(a) 6th.
(b) 5th.
(c) 4th.
(d) 3rd.

2. Charles Simic wrote a poem dedicated to which common item?
(a) Coffee.
(b) Garbage can.
(c) Mirror.
(d) Shoes.

3. Gary Snyder focuses a lot of his work around which topic?
(a) Love.
(b) Nature.
(c) God.
(d) Death.

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

5. Unlike many poets, Robert Pinsky has no interest in _____.
(a) Metaphor.
(b) Symbolism.
(c) Realism.
(d) Simile.

Short Answer Questions

1. Jorie Graham was raised in which country?

2. Harper was born in which city?

3. Michael Harper was greatly influenced by which type of music?

4. Galway Kinnell wrote about which of the following topics?

5. Which poet often used inner city life as a theme?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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.

3. 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?

4. What unique gift is expressed in Philip Levine's work? What prompted this style and choice of theme? What are some of Levine's poems included in his section?

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

6. 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?

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

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

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 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?

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