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First Fig

First Fig

by Edna St. Vincent Millay

First Fig: What Does is All Mean? 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. Who is the speaker?


an electrician
a candlemaker
Edna St. Vincent Millay
An unidentified speaker
Q. Which of the following literary devices in NOT used in the poem?


alliteration
cliché
simile
apostrophe
Q. What might the candle represent?


poetic labor
the speaker's life
the speaker's candle
both 1 and 2
Q. Why might a candle be a good metaphor for Millay to use?


Millay was a pyromaniac.
It burns quickly, like life.
It's cheaper than electricity.
It rhymes with scandal.
Q. Whom does the speaker address?


the literary elite
the muses
her friends and foes
the boy next door
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