English Poetry Quiz: Emily Dickinson And Walt Whitman Poems!

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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 Heavans 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. 
    • 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. 
    • 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. 
    • A. 

      Life

    • B. 

      The process of dying

    • C. 

      Listening to the mockingbird

    • D. 

      Writing his poetry

  • 11. 
    • 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. 
    • 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. 
    • 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. 
    • 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. 
    • 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. 
    • 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

  • 26. 
    • A. 

      Is going to die

    • B. 

      Contradicts himself

    • C. 

      Has never married

    • D. 

      Writes in free verse

  • 27. 
    • A. 

      A tax man

    • B. 

      As a gentleman

    • C. 

      As a lover

    • D. 

      As an earthly mother

  • 28. 
    In Dickinson's "For each ecstatic instant," what does the poet suggest people pay for thier ecstatic instants in life?
    • A. 

      Love

    • B. 

      Fear

    • C. 

      Anguish

    • D. 

      Hate

  • 29. 
    According to Emily Dickinson's "After great pain," comes what?
    • A. 

      A formal feeling

    • B. 

      Great disappointment

    • C. 

      Love caclulation

    • D. 

      Marvelous ecstasy

  • 30. 
    "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking" is an example of a:
    • A. 

      Kultur

    • B. 

      Kunstleroman

    • C. 

      Romanesque

    • D. 

      Raoman a clef

  • 31. 
    According to lecture, who possibly watches the twenty-nine young men bathing in the sea in "Songs of Myself"?
    • A. 

      A lonely woman

    • B. 

      Whitman himself

    • C. 

      Spotted hawk

    • D. 

      A & b