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A Late Aubade

A Late Aubade


by Richard Wilbur

A Late Aubade: Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda Quiz

Think you’ve got your head wrapped around A Late Aubade? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. What's the first thing the speaker imagines the woman could be doing?

Eating spaghetti
Calling her mother
Walking on the moon
Q. What's the second thing the speaker imagines the woman could be doing?

Reciting the Declaration of Independence
Watching QVC
Playing basketball
Q. Hypothetically speaking, whom might the speaker be trying to "heel"?

A sick person
A wounded soldier
A dog
A loofah
Q. What could the woman (hypothetically) be planting?

Wild mint
Q. What does the woman in the poem end up choosing to do?

Lie in bed and kiss
Go shopping
Have lunch with her friend
Take a road trip