Adrienne Rich Poetry, Storm Warnings And The Knight

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Adrienne Rich Quizzes & Trivia

We have had three lessons studying Adrienne Rich's poetry. This quiz is to test your knowledge so far, you may use the poems which have been handed to you in our first class.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    'Storm Warnings’ and ‘Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers’ are from which stage of Rich’s publishing career?
    • A. 

      1950s, Rich’s early stages of writing

    • B. 

      2000s, published as pieces of Rich’s latest work

    • C. 

      1970s, mid-way through her publishing career

  • 2. 
    Why did Rich refused a Nation Medal of Arts from America President Bill Clinton?
    • A. 

      Rich was in opposition to Clinton’s public affair

    • B. 

      Rich felt her art was in opposition to the American political administration

    • C. 

      Rich did not agree with the gender balance in the Whitehouse

  • 3. 
    Both ‘Storm Warnings’ and ‘Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers’ speak of women. Who are these women?
    • A. 

      They represent Rich’s own personal experiences

    • B. 

      They are not specific women, rather representations of all women

    • C. 

      They are specific characters that Rich has acknowledged as friends from her life

  • 4. 
    Rich’s poetry is often dated at the bottom, why does Rich do this?
    • A. 

      So we can grasp the political situation at the time

    • B. 

      So we are aware of when Rich wrote the poem

    • C. 

      The poetry should be read as a moment in time

  • 5. 
    Aunt Jennifer sews her tigers to escape what?
    • A. 

      Class oppression

    • B. 

      Patriarchal oppression in society

    • C. 

      Middle class society

  • 6. 
    “Time in the hand is not control of time” ‘Storm Warnings’ Rich suggests through this quote that:
    • A. 

      We cannot predict what will come with time

    • B. 

      We can possess the instrument of time, yet not possess time

    • C. 

      No matter what we do, time will pass and we cannot alter this

  • 7. 
    Aunt Jennifer’s tigers are 
    • A. 

      Confident and certain

    • B. 

      Fearful of the “men beneath the trees”

    • C. 

      Lethargic and unaware of their surroundings

  • 8. 
    Rich’s poems ‘Storm Warnings’ and ‘Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers’ present a social commentary on… 
    • A. 

      The public and private self

    • B. 

      Women being trapped in situations beyond their control

    • C. 

      The impossibility to predict the paths our lives will take

  • 9. 
    Throughout ‘Storm Warnings’ we see this woman suffering. What is she suffering from?
    • A. 

      Physical illness

    • B. 

      An unsettling feeling in her environment

    • C. 

      A long term illness effecting her state of mind

  • 10. 
    What is the rhyme pattern of ‘Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers’?
    • A. 

      AA, BB

    • B. 

      AA, BB, CC

    • C. 

      AA, BB, AA

  • 11. 
    What happens to Aunt Jennifer when she dies?
    • A. 

      She is set free, like her tigers

    • B. 

      Both Aunt Jennifer and her tigers are trapped by the patriarchal oppression

    • C. 

      She is still burdened by her gender and marriage

  • 12. 
    At the end of ‘Storm Warnings’ the woman in the poem has chosen to do what?
    • A. 

      Seek help

    • B. 

      Isolate herself

    • C. 

      Remain in an anxious state

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