Mirror by Sylvia Plath Analysis


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What color is the wall upon which the mirror meditates?

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1. In Plath's poem ''Mirror,'' the mirror indicates that it is ''only truthful'' and not what?

2. What image comes to mind when Plath writes that ''A woman bends over me, /Searching my reaches for what she really is''?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will determine what you understand about Sylvia Plath's poem Mirror. You'll be quizzed on key points such as the wall opposite from the mirror in the poem and what the mirror says about it being 'only truthful'.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

See how much you know about:

  • The imagery associated with the line that begins with 'A woman bends over me…'
  • Something that has been drowned in the mirror
  • The symbolism of the 'terrible fish'

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the poem Mirror by Sylvia Plath
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding how the mirror in the poem characterizes itself
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the imagery of the 'terrible fish' and something that drowned in the mirror

Additional Learning

Further review is available from the lesson called Mirror by Sylvia Plath Analysis. These areas of study will be covered:

  • Point of view in the poem
  • The mirror as an object of truth
  • The theme of reflection in the poem
  • Passage of time with regard to perception