Interpreting symbolism in "Advice to My Son," by J. Peter Meinke Quiz

This quiz focuses on interpreting the symbolism in J. Peter Meinke's poem "Advice to My Son."

  1. Why does the author admonish his son to "plant squash and spinach, turnips and tomatoes."

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  2. In stanza 2, what do the peony and the rose symbolize?

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  3. The author uses the words: "the shattered windshield and the bursting shell" in the first stanza to symbolize what?

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  4. The author tells his son to, "But son, always serve wine." Why does he tell his son to do this?

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  5. The author tells his son to" marry a pretty girl after seeing her mother." What does he mean?

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