Wilderness Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Morrison describe the pool that the man died in?

2. What did the moon drip because of it being "cool and swollen"? (From the poem that began with "Moonshine night")

3. Who did Morrison state was scattered on the highway bleeding? (From the poem that began "Bird of prey")

4. What did Morrison state he was consumed by? (From the poem that started "In that year")

5. What did Morrison say was all around him in the poem whose first line was "A vast radiant beach & a cool"?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the poem that began "Why does my mind circle around you", what did Morrison say was wrong with the dog?

2. In the poem that began "Moonshine night", what were the "young folk" doing?

3. What happened at the beginning of the poem "Ode to LA"?

4. Why did Morrison state that poetry meant so much to him?

5. In the poem "Ode to LA", what did Morrison state was going to happen to Jones' body?

6. Why did Morrison call an interview an "existential moment"?

7. Why did Morrison claim that an interview was a "crucial mental exercise"?

8. What did Morrison, in the poem "Ode to LA", say existed in "meat heaven"?

9. How did Morrison use the imagery of the gardener in both "When radio dark night existed" (from "Far Arden") and "Ode to LA"?

10. What did Morrison ask of the bird of prey? (In the poem that began "Bird of prey, Bird of prey")

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose a section from "Wilderness" and discuss how the section comes together as a whole. What are the common themes that Morrison spoke about? How did Morrison use imagery to tie individual poems together? How did this help to bring the section together? Did the cohesion of the ideas/themes help to create a deeper understanding of what Morrison was trying to say? Why/Why not?

Essay Topic 2

Morrison claimed in the Self-Interview that he always wanted to write, but he was afraid of not being good at it. Do you think that Morrison succeeded at writing poetry, or that he (as he thought) failed? Why do you believe this? What helped him to succeed? Where did he fail? Support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

Morrison was very traumatized by the sight of the dead Native American Indians on the side of the road. Choose 3 poems and discuss how this trauma translated into poetry. How did Morrison use the imagery of what he saw on the highway? What impression did this sight leave on Morrison? How did the poem speak to Morrison's feelings about what happened?

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