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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What, according to the end of Part V of "The Hollow Men", is the way the world ends?
(a) In dazzling silence.
(b) With a whimper.
(c) With a bang.
(d) Under the shadow.

2. What can the hippopotamus never reach, in contrast to the Church which is refreshed by similar objects from overseas?
(a) Pomegranates.
(b) Lives.
(c) Mangoes.
(d) Wealth.

3. To where do the speakers of the "Journey of the Magi" come in the second stanza?
(a) A summer palace.
(b) A cold mountain peak.
(c) A temperate valley.
(d) An empty cave.

4. What Shakespearean character does Prufrock say he is not?
(a) Hamlet.
(b) Antonio.
(c) Othello.
(d) Henry Bolingbroke.

5. What does the speaker say unnatural vices are fathered by in "Gerontion"?
(a) Our reconsidered passion.
(b) Oor impudent crimes.
(c) Our virtues.
(d) Our heroism.

6. At what does the subject of "Animula" grasp?
(a) Kisses and toys.
(b) Forks and knives.
(c) Hands and feet.
(d) Tables and chairs.

7. For what did Donne in "Whispers of Immortality" find no substitute?
(a) Love.
(b) Sense.
(c) Anguish.
(d) Faith.

8. What shall wash the hippopotamus clean?
(a) The water of the river.
(b) The first snow of the year.
(c) The Blood of the Lamb.
(d) The fire of the Lord.

9. Where are "they" rattling breakfast plates in "Morning at the Window"?
(a) Dining halls.
(b) Ancient cupboards.
(c) Basement kitchens.
(d) Oaken tables.

10. Whose "Russian eye" in "Whispers of Immortality" is "underlined for emphasis"?
(a) Sonya's.
(b) Gushenka's.
(c) Katerina's.
(d) Grishkin's.

11. What, in "A Song for Simeon", are said to be "blooming in bowls"?
(a) English laurels.
(b) Frankish tulips.
(c) Roman hyacinths.
(d) Israeli violets.

12. For what does the speaker in "A Song for Simeon" wait like a feather on the back of his hand?
(a) The winter sun.
(b) The consolation of Israel.
(c) Glory and derision.
(d) The death wind.

13. In the fragrant brilliance of what does the subject of "Animula" take pleasure?
(a) The Christmas tree.
(b) The flickering candle.
(c) The shine and jingle of a set of keys.
(d) The lapping waters of the river.

14. Which of the following is used in Part I of "The Hollow Men" as a metaphor for the "dried voices" of the hollow men whispering to one another?
(a) Dead leaves rustling in the wind.
(b) Distant hinges squeaking closed.
(c) Pages of a book being thumbed in an adjacent room.
(d) Rats' feet over broken glass.

15. Whom does the speaker in "Sweeney Erect" cite as saying that "The lengthened shadow of a man / Is history"?
(a) Tennyson.
(b) Dilthey.
(c) Emerson.
(d) Arnold.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the last name of "Cousin Nancy"?

2. In "Mr. Eliot's Sunday Morning Service", it is said that in the beginning was what?

3. What was for the speakers of the "Journey of the Magi"a death?

4. Who in "Sweeney Among the Nightingales" "declines the gambit, shows fatigue"?

5. Which two "guardians of the faith" kept watch upon the shelves?

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