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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. What was Morrison's name?

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

3. What were "sodden in silk"? ("Ode to LA")

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

5. According to Morrison, what can poetry and songs survive that nothing else can?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was happening on the beach in the poem that began "A vast and radiant beach& a cool"?

2. In the poem that began "An angel runs", what happened when the angel ran?

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

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

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

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

7. How did Morrison state Jones' body looked when the gardener found it?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Morrison, many time, brings into the poetry references to drugs and alcohol. Discuss at least three different references and the impact that the reference had on Morrison and his life. Where did Morrison bring up drugs/alcohol? How did this reference speak to the theme of the poem? Why was this reference important to what Morrison wanted to say? Was the reference positive or negative? Explain.

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

At the end of Morrison's self-interview, he stated that he wanted his poetry to "deliver people from the limited ways in which they see and feel". Do you think that he succeeded in his hopes? How did his poetry make you see and feel differently? Where did it fail to make you do this? Do you continue to be "limited"? How?

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