'Hope' is the Thing with Feathers by Emily Dickinson Quiz

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Where was Emily Dickinson born?

Amherst, Massachusetts

What was the preferred activity of Emily Dickinson as a child?

Baking and gardening

When did Emily Dickinson's most prolific writing period occur?


How many poems were in Fascicle 13?

19 poems

What themes did Emily Dickinson focus on in her poetry?

Nature, self-identity, and God

What is the primary theme of Emily Dickinson's poem 'Hope' is the Thing with Feathers?

Hope in times of adversity

How does Dickinson describe the endurance of hope in 'Hope' is the Thing with Feathers?

Boundless and lasting

What does the bird symbolize in Dickinson's poem 'Hope' is the Thing with Feathers?

Resilience and endurance

In which way does Dickinson use personification in her poem 'Hope' is the Thing with Feathers?

By portraying hope as a companion to the soul

What does the use of the metaphor of a bird represent in the poem 'Hope' is the Thing with Feathers?

The enduring nature of hope

What does Emily Dickinson compare hope to in her poem 'Hope is the Thing with Feathers'?

A bird

According to Emily Dickinson, where does hope reside?

In the soul

How does Emily Dickinson describe hope in the roughest of storms in her poem?

It sings louder and more articulate

What does Emily Dickinson state about the bird of hope in her poem regarding asking for anything?

It never asked a crumb of me

How does Dickinson engage readers at the start of her poem 'Hope is the Thing with Feathers'?

Through an ambiguous title leading to specific inferences

Study Notes

Emily Dickinson's Biography

  • Born on December 10, 1830, in Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Middle child of three, preferred quiet home life and domestic duties
  • Received education from Amherst Academy and Mount Holyoke Female Seminary
  • Became socially active in teen years, but later lived in isolation due to emotional crisis
  • Wrote prolifically from 1855-1865, focusing on nature, self-identity, and God

"Hope is the Thing with Feathers"

  • Written in 1861, published in 1891 after Dickinson's death
  • Part of Fascicle 13, a collection of 19 poems
  • Poem number 254, later included in the Norton Anthology

Poem Analysis

  • Dickinson describes hope as a bird that lives in the soul
  • Hope sings without words, never stops, and is loudest in the gale
  • Hope keeps the soul warm, even in the coldest lands and strangest seas
  • The bird asks for nothing in return, simply existing to encourage and nurture the soul


  • Hope: emphasized as a constant companion that lives in the soul
  • Human Suffering: inevitable, but hope helps endure through the darkest times
  • Endurance: the bird's song represents persistence and bravery in the face of adversity


  • The bird's song: resonates throughout the poem, symbolizing hope's constant presence
  • Feathers: light yet strong, represent hope's ability to uplift and bind to the soul

'Hope' is the Thing with Feathers by Emily Dickinson quiz focusing on the background, themes, and analysis of the poem written in 1861. Test your knowledge on this famous lyric poem.

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