English Poetry Quiz: Emily Dickinson And Walt Whitman Poems!

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English Poetry Quiz: Emily Dickinson And Walt Whitman Poems!

As you can see, it's an English Poetry quiz and most writers use their social context, life experiences, and gender in their work and this is no different from what we can see from the poems written by Emily Dickson and Walt Whitman. These poets have written some spectacular works that we have gone through class. Take up this English trivia quiz and see what you know about some of their poems.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The "hangover" feeling to Dickinson's "I felt a Funeral, in my brain" is suggested in part by an image which says she feels "As all the Heavens were a Bell" and her being but an:
    • A. 

      Clappper

    • B. 

      Ear

    • C. 

      Child

    • D. 

      Star

  • 2. 
    In Emily Dickinson's "Wild NIghts--Wild Nights!" what does she probably mean by the lines, "Done with the Compass/ Done with the Chart?"
    • A. 

      That, like a ship, her heart has sunken into an "abyss"

    • B. 

      That like a captain, she has begun a journey with an unknown goal

    • C. 

      That, like a ship, she is done with her journey and is in "port"

    • D. 

      That she refuses the kind of responsibiltiy a ship's captain has for his passangers

  • 3. 
    How is Whitman's "Out of the Cradle" a bildungsroman?
    • A. 

      It is about love

    • B. 

      It is about coming of age

    • C. 

      It is about life

    • D. 

      It is about the cycle of life

  • 4. 
    In "My life had stood--a Loaded Gun" Dickinson writes about:
    • A. 

      Seeing a snake in her house

    • B. 

      Serving her "master"

    • C. 

      Being unable to control her sinfulness

    • D. 

      Being afraid of all of the people in her life

  • 5. 
    In "Song of Myself," who says "I give the same, I receive the same?"
    • A. 

      A spotted hawk

    • B. 

      Death

    • C. 

      God

    • D. 

      The grass

  • 6. 
    What does Walt Whitman probably suggest about the grass in writing, "Or I guess it is the hankerchief of the Lord/ A scented gift and rememberancer designedly dropped?"
    • A. 

      God stayes behind the scenes and doesn't reveal himself

    • B. 

      God cares for the little children

    • C. 

      The grass is God's reminder to us of his existence

    • D. 

      The grass is evidence of God's promisees to us

  • 7. 
    What is "democratic" about Whitman's poetry?
    • A. 

      It is about revolution

    • B. 

      It is written for everyone

    • C. 

      It is about the feelings and sensations being universal

    • D. 

      Both b & c

  • 8. 
    According to the lecture, Emily Dickinson's peotry is of a __________ nature.
    • A. 

      Modernist

    • B. 

      Spartan

    • C. 

      Romantic

    • D. 

      Reinaissance

  • 9. 
    "Lyric" poetry is poetry that, in particular:
    • A. 

      Is about relationships

    • B. 

      Is in the first person

    • C. 

      Is about the poets own insights and emotions

    • D. 

      Both a & c

  • 10. 
    When Whitman writes, "I, now thirty-seven years old begin,/hoping to cease not till death," what is he probably talking about beginning?
    • A. 

      Life

    • B. 

      The process of dying

    • C. 

      Listening to the mockingbird

    • D. 

      Writing his poetry

  • 11. 
    What does Whitman probably mean by "Creeds and schools in abeyance,/retirting back a while sufficed at what they are?"
    • A. 

      He wants to forget past loves

    • B. 

      He want to temporarily put aside differences

    • C. 

      He wants us to love each other

    • D. 

      He want the war to end

  • 12. 
    What does Whitman probably mean when he calls the grass a "uniform hieroglyphic"?
    • A. 

      That the grass comes in many forms

    • B. 

      That the grass cares about him

    • C. 

      That the grass means the same thing to everyone

    • D. 

      That the grass is exotic

  • 13. 
    Whitman's "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking" may be best described as:
    • A. 

      Dramatic poetry

    • B. 

      Common meter

    • C. 

      A sonnet

    • D. 

      An elegy

  • 14. 
    What does Whitman probably mean when he calls the bird a "demon"?
    • A. 

      That it's an inspirting spirit

    • B. 

      That it's grief has ruined hime

    • C. 

      That he is possesed by its soul

    • D. 

      That he can no longer love it

  • 15. 
    What does Whitman probably us the lilac-scent in the poem to symbolize?
    • A. 

      Loss

    • B. 

      Death

    • C. 

      Love

    • D. 

      Eternity

  • 16. 
    What accompanies the bird in it's "aria" in " Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking"?
    • A. 

      The sea

    • B. 

      Whitman

    • C. 

      The stars

    • D. 

      Its mate

  • 17. 
    What "word final, superior to all" does the sea tell Whitman in "Out of the Cradle"?
    • A. 

      Love

    • B. 

      Death

    • C. 

      Forgive

    • D. 

      Sing

  • 18. 
    • A. 

      It depresses him

    • B. 

      It makes him a poet

    • C. 

      It takes away his innocence

    • D. 

      A & b

  • 19. 
    In " To a locomotive in Winter," what is Whitman glorifying?
    • A. 

      Nature

    • B. 

      God

    • C. 

      Himself

    • D. 

      Technology

  • 20. 
    Emily Dickinson's "Theres a certain Slant of light" is probably about
    • A. 

      Complancency

    • B. 

      An affirmation in faith

    • C. 

      Mental aguish

    • D. 

      A,b & c

  • 21. 
    From lecture, Dickinson's "Wild Nights--Wild Nights!" could possibly be about:
    • A. 

      The loss of a loved one

    • B. 

      Faith

    • C. 

      Sex

    • D. 

      A & b

  • 22. 
    What has Emily Dickinson's probably lost in "I never lost as much but twice"?
    • A. 

      Her virginity

    • B. 

      Her mind

    • C. 

      People she cares about

    • D. 

      Her mother's love

  • 23. 
    "A Certain Slant of Light" compares the feeling of winter light to the "heft" of:
    • A. 

      Catherdral tunes

    • B. 

      Tombstones

    • C. 

      Carriages

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 24. 
    When the child asks him what grass is in "Song of Myself", whats Whitmans intitial thought about the grass?
    • A. 

      It is God

    • B. 

      It is peace

    • C. 

      It is all of us

    • D. 

      It is prosperity flag

  • 25. 
    At the end of Emily Dickinson's "Because I could not stop for Death," what are the horse heads pointed towards?
    • A. 

      To nothing

    • B. 

      Nowhere

    • C. 

      Through the gates of pearl

    • D. 

      Into the mouth of despair