December 10, 1830, Amherst, Massachusetts
Died: May 15, 1886, Amherst, Massachusetts
Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was an American poet. Born to a successful
family with strong community ties, she lived a mostly introverted and
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
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.
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
- 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?
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.
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
- Cardiac Arrest
10. Where is Emily Dickinson buried?
- West Cemetery, Amherst, Massachusetts
- Mount Holyoke Cemetery, Amherst Massachusetts
- Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Longfellow, Massachusetts