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For the Union Dead

For the Union Dead


by Robert Lowell

For the Union Dead: There's Something Fishy Going on Here Quiz

Think you’ve got your head wrapped around For the Union Dead? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. What happened to the South Boston Aquarium?

It burned down
It exploded and flooded the streets of Boston
It shut down a long time ago
It was sold and a tuna-canning factory was erected in its place
Q. What does Lowell mean when he refers to the fish as "cowed"?

They are moving slowly
They look like actual cows
They seem submissive
They are making mooing sounds
Q. Fill in the blank. In line 29 Lowell writes, "Their monument sticks like a _____ / in the city's throat."

Piece of food
Q. In the second-to-last stanza, what is Colonel Shaw riding on?

A horse
A bubble
A motorcycle
His friend's back
Q. In the final stanza, what does Lowell compare the cars to?

Space ships
Razor scooters