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1 Name: Part I: In the poem below, Navajo poet Shonto Begay recalls feelings about his mother s kitchen. Read the poem and then answer the questions that follow. In My Mother s Kitchen by Shonto Begay 1 Fragrance of fresh tortillas and corn stew Fills my mother s kitchen Sparsely furnished Crowded with warmth 5 Soot-grayed walls, secretive and blank She moves gently in and out of light Like a dream just out of reach The morning light gives her a halo That plays upon her crown of dark hair 10 Strong brown hands caress soft mounds of dough She gazes out into the warming day Past sagebrush hills, out towards the foot of Black Mesa How far would she let the goats wander today Before it rains 15 Childhood dreams and warmth Tight in my throat, tears in my eyes The radio softly tuned to a local AM station News of ceremonies and chapter meetings And funerals 20 Flows into the peaceful kitchen Lines upon her face, features carved of hard times Lines around her eyes, creases of happy times Bittersweet tears and ringing silvery laughter I ache in my heart 25 My mother s gentle movements light up dark corners Her gentle smiles recall childhood dreams still so alive My mother moves in and out of light Like clouds on days of promising rain 1

2 1. Part A Read lines 3 and 4 of the poem in the box below. Sparsely furnished Crowded with warmth What does the poet most likely mean by the contrast in the lines? a. A room can be full of love even if the family has few possessions. b. A room can seem cramped even if it contains no furniture. c. A memory often seems better than real life. d. A kitchen is the room used most in a home. Part B Which other phrase exemplifies contrast in the poem? a. Strong brown hands caress soft mounds of dough (line 10) b. She gazes out into the warming day (line 11) c. Past sagebrush hills, out towards the foot of Black Mesa (line 12) d. How far would she let the goats wander today (line 13) Part C What two elements are being contrasted in the answer to Part B? a. The mother s past and present b. The mother s hope and desperateness c. The mother s joy and sorrow d. The mother s strength and gentleness 2

3 2. Part A Read lines 21 and 22 from the poem. Lines upon her face, features carved of hard times Lines around her eyes, creases of happy times What does the speaker suggest about the lines in his mother s face? a. They seem to change as time passes. b. They are more obvious in the bright light. c. They are created by both joy and sadness. d. They represent both the past and the future. Part B Which literary device is best exemplified in lines 21 and 22? a. Onomatopoeia b. Imagery c. Hyperbole d. Allusion 3

4 3. Part A What does the author mean by the phrase light up dark corners in line 25? a. The mother knows the secrets of her son. b. The mother makes difficult times easier for her son. c. The mother shows concern that her son is too serious. d. The mother sweeps up the dusty home. Part B Light up dark corners is an example of which two literary devices below a. Allusion and metaphor b. Metaphor and imagery c. Simile and imagery d. Hyperbole and simile Part C Which other detail captures the same effect the mother has on the speaker? a. Soot-grayed walls, secretive and blank (line 5) b. Tight in my throat, tears in my eyes (line 16) c. The radio softly tuned to a local AM station (line 17) d. Her gentle smiles recall childhood dreams still so alive (line 26) 4

5 Part II In the poem below, Theodore Roethke remembers the difficult relationship with his father. Read the poem and then answer the questions that follow. My Papa s Waltz 1 by Theodore Roethke 1 The whiskey on your breath Could make a small boy dizzy; But I hung on like death: Such waltzing was not easy. 5 We romped until the pans Slid from the kitchen shelf; My mother s countenance 2 Could not unfrown itself. The hand that held my wrist 10 Was battered on one knuckle; At every step you missed My right ear scraped a buckle. You beat time on my head With a palm caked hard by dirt, 15 Then waltzed me off to bed Still clinging to your shirt. 1 Waltz: an old-fashioned smooth dance 2 Countenance: facial expression 5

6 4. Part A What does the poet suggest by the imagery in stanza three? a. The father confuses his son. b. The father holds hands with his son. c. The father hits his son. d. The father danced with his son. Part B Which other evidence best supports the answer to Part A? a. The title b. Stanza 1 c. Stanza 2 d. Stanza 4 6

7 5. Part A Which statement below best captures the relationship between father and son? a. Father abuses his son but the son eagerly tries to remain close to him. b. Father is charmed by his son but barely has enough time for him. c. Father is aggressive towards his son so the son keeps a distance from him. d. Father is frustrated with his son who refuses to obey him. Part B Which piece of evidence best supports the answer to Part A? a. The whiskey on your breath// Such waltzing was not easy (lines 1,4) b. My mother s countenance// Could not unfrown itself. (lines 7-8) c. At every step you missed//my right ear scraped a buckle. (lines 11-12) d. You beat time on my head//still clinging to your shirt. (lines 13, 16) 7

8 6. Part A How does the poet use sarcasm to develop the mood? a. By contrasting an upbeat rhyme scheme with a dark mood. b. By including onomatopoeia to emphasize a dark mood. c. By using end punctuation to suggest a dark mood. d. By using alliteration to highlight the dark mood. Part B Which diction also creates a sarcastic mood? a. You beat time on my head (line 13) b. With a palm caked hard by dirt (line 14) c. Then waltzed me off to bed (line 15) d. Still clinging to your shirt. (line 16) 8

9 Part III Write an essay that explains how Shonto Begay and Theodore Roethke develop memories of their parents in each poem. Remember to use details from both texts to support your ideas. 9

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