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The Waking

The Waking


by Theodore Roethke

The Waking: The United States of Mind Quiz

Think you’ve got your head wrapped around The Waking? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. How does the speaker experience fate?

By fearing it.
By feeling it.
By fleeing it.
By fleecing it.
Q. What does the speaker learn by going?

Where to go.
Where to stop.
Where the buck stops.
Where the wild things are.
Q. What is feeling’s relation to thinking in this poem? It’s:

The cause.
The same.
The mother.
The result.
Q. What word best describes the waking?

Q. What does the speaker suggest about knowledge?

It’s unknowable.
It’s unbelievable.
It’s uncontrollable.
It’s unfashionable.