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. Who is Morrison's "Ode to LA" dedicated to?

2. In "Power", what color were the cars that Morrison made go away?

3. According to "Ode to LA" , who claimed "this benevolent soul"?

4. What did Morrison describe the movement of his hands to in "Can you dig it"?

5. Who found the body in the pool?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Morrison state that the "ancient ones" wanted? (In the poem that began "A vast and radiant beach & a cool")

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

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

4. What did Morrison state was the aim of his poetry?

5. Who is Ophelia in the poem "Ode to LA"?

6. Why were the notebooks that Morrison kept in high school important?

7. What were the different ways that Morrison referred to Jones in "Ode to LA"?

8. What did Morrison state happened to the angel man in the poem "Ode to LA"?

9. According to Morrison, what does "real poetry" do?

10. In the poem "Power", what did Morrison claim that he could do? (Name three things).

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the separation of poetry throughout the book. How did the editor chose to section off the book? Was this consequential to the understanding of the book?

Essay Topic 2

In the final section of the book "As I Look Back", Morrison claimed that he was stunned by the forgetting of his past. Discuss the relation of Morrison's poetry in sections prior to the last section. How does it seem confusing that Morrison claimed to forget his past, but have a vivid enough memory to write the image-filled poetry that packed all of the previous sections? What could have Morrison been speaking about? Explain using combination of textual evidence and personal understanding.

Essay Topic 3

Given that the poetry shows Morrison's direct concerns and feelings regarding life, which poem do you believe shows the most truthful representation of Morrison? How did the poem illustrate Morrison as a man, a writer, and a legend? How did he feel about who he was?

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