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First Fig

First Fig


by Edna St. Vincent Millay

First Fig: Figgy Goodness Quiz

Think you’ve got your head wrapped around First Fig? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. What is the main image of the poem?

a candle
a fire
a hula-hoop
a box of figs
Q. When was "First Fig" written?

during World War II
during World War I
between the World Wars
Q. What is a fig?

a fancy name for a poem
a fruit
an animal
a literary device
Q. Why is the title "First Fig"?

to confuse readers
because it was the first poem in her book
because Millay lived on a fig diet
because it is about a fig harvest
Q. How would you characterize the tension between the title and the body of the poem?

the old vs. the new
fruitfulness vs. extinction
femininity vs. masculinity
emotion vs. intellect