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Emily Dickinson

Born: December 10, 1830, Amherst, Massachusetts
Died: May 15, 1886, Amherst, Massachusetts

Emily Dickinson- Trivia powered by ABEEmily Elizabeth Dickinson was an American poet. Born to a successful family with strong community ties, she lived a mostly introverted and reclusive life. 

After she studied at the Amherst Academy for seven years in her youth, she spent a short time at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary before returning to her family's house in Amherst.

What do you know about Emily Dickinson? Try this poetic quick quiz.

1. Dickinson was troubled from a young age by the "deepening menace" of death, especially the deaths of those who were close to her. When Sophia Holland, her second cousin and a close friend, grew ill from typhus and died in April 1844, Emily was traumatized.

  • Fact or Myth?

2. After finishing her final term at the Academy on August 10, 1847, Dickinson began attending Mary Lyon's Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in South Hadley, about ten miles from Amherst. Today, what do we know the seminary as?

  • Mary Lyon's College
  • University of South Hadley
  • Mount Holyoke College

3. Emily began in the summer of 1858 what would be her lasting legacy. Reviewing poems she had written previously, she began making clean copies of her work, assembling carefully pieced-together manuscript books. From 1858 through 1865, she created forty fascicles. How many poems had she written?

  • 40 poems
  • 250 poems
  • 800 poems

4. What was Dickinson's dog name?

  • Vinnie
  • Awe
  • Carlo

5. While in Boston, Edward Dickinson suffered a stroke and died. What was the date?

  • June 16, 1874
  • July 4, 1874
  • August 31, 1874

6. Although she continued to write in her last years, Dickinson stopped editing and organizing her poems. What was the promise she exacted from her sister Lavinia?

  • Burn the house
  • Burn her papers
  • Be buried in her father's grave

7. Despite Dickinson's prolific writing, fewer than a dozen of her poems were published during her lifetime.

  • Fact or Myth?

8. The first volume of Dickinson's Poems, edited jointly by Mabel Loomis Todd and T. W. Higginson. When they the book come out?

  • November 1890
  • November 1915
  • November 1955

9. What did Dickinson's chief physician gave the cause of death and its duration as two and a half years?

  • Bright's disease
  • Cancer
  • Cardiac Arrest

10. Where is Emily Dickinson buried?

  • West Cemetery, Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Mount Holyoke Cemetery, Amherst Massachusetts
  • Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Longfellow, Massachusetts


1. Fact

2. Mount Holyoke College

3. 800 poems

4. Carlo

5. June 16, 1874

6. Burn her papers

7. Fact

8. November 1890

9. Bright's disease

Angels on your pillow10. West Cemetery, Amherst, Massachusetts

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