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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. Why did Morrison claim the night described in the tenth poem ("Village Tapes") was the "greatest night of my life"?

2. Where did the people in the poem think they might be? (Poem 2- "Village Tapes")

3. According to the first poem in the "Village Tapes" section, who lied?

4. What did the girl in black search for in her car? (Poem 5- "Drywater")

5. What kind of terror were "we" in by the hollow bush? (Poem 2- "Drywater")

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Morrison say mated? ("Drywater")

2. Who did Morrison describe in the poem "Jamaica"?

3. What did Morrison claim that he had to leave? ("Jamaica")

4. How did Morrison describe the vultures in the poem from the section "Jamaica"?

5. In the first poem from "The Village Tapes" section, what state is the world in?

6. What did the poem that began "Silver shaken in the gloom" speak about?

7. In the second poem from the "Drywater" section, what did Morrison say was happening in the schoolyard?

8. In the poem that began "Blessings", what is Morrison asking readers to do?

9. In the fourth poem from the "Drywater" section, how did Morrison bring religious imagery into the poem?

10. Why did Morrison have the principal of the school holding his nose? ("Jamaica")

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Morrison was very influenced by Nietzsche. Nietzsche's main philosophy was based upon living in reality and the advancement of an individual's culture. Although Morrison was enamored and influenced by Nietzsche, he did not live in reality given his extensive drug and alcohol use. Therefore, how did Morrison try to align his life (poetry) with the philosophy of Nietzsche? What poems spoke to living in reality? Which poems spoke to advancing one's culture? Did Morrison's drug/alcohol use create a reality for him? Use textual evidence from the poems to support findings.

Essay Topic 2

Morrison used many references to natural imagery. Discuss in detail three different natural images and their usage in the poem. What did the imagery represent? What message was Morrison trying to convey? How did the imagery represent what Morrison was saying? Did the imagery work? Why/Why not?

Essay Topic 3

"THE PONY EXPRESS" 21st May 1954

The pony express carried the mail

Over hill, over dale.

Over rough rugged trails

And the brave men that carried it

Didn't complain,

For they knew they were helping their good country's name

They rode and rode through

Strong winds and rain just

To carry the mail and build

Up our name

Over Indian country and great sandy plains,

They carried the mail and shared our fame.

"The Pony Express" was Morrison's first poem. Discuss the similarities between his writing as an adult to those of his first poem. What imagery did Morrison still use? How is the theme similar to poetry from his adulthood? What distinct image do you find that Morrison carried with him?

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