So instead I'll qualify myself by saying the following. "Most" people have absolutely, positively, no problems with the Analyzing and Interpreting Literature CLEP exam. If you read quite a bit (even if it's Dr. Seuss and comic books) then you already know the basics in how to analyze and interpret literature. Remember all those reading comprehension quizzes back in elementary school? Those are like mini Analyzing and Interpreting Literature CLEP tests. Being able to understand what a poet is talking about in a poem is no more difficult then trying to determine what a singer is talking about in a song. Most people can tell you what a song is about after listening to it once. Look at poetry the same way and I think it will help.
"Spirited Away" was released in in July 2001. Most Studio Ghibli movies were released in July, and in Japan, I feel this is especially significant in the case of "Spirited Away" and " When Marnie Was There " because it is the Obon season, a time when Japanese believe the spirits of their ancestors walk the earth and return to their furusato (hometown). That time period (mid-July to August) is, much like New Year's week, a hard time to get things done in Japan due to the various celebrations and the people who leave on vacation. We do learn later in the movie that the character on the first building, 正, is part of a combination 正月 which we translate to mean New Year.