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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

2. What was for the speakers of the "Journey of the Magi"a death?
(a) The return journey.
(b) The birth of Christ.
(c) Taking up their old dispensation.
(d) The length of their journey.

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

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

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

6. In order to keep what warm does "our lot" crawl "between dry ribs" at the end of "Whispers of Immortality"?
(a) Our hearts.
(b) Our metaphysics.
(c) Our mothers.
(d) Our souls.

7. What compels the "scampering marmoset" in "Whispers of Immortality"?
(a) The anguish of the marrow.
(b) The Abstract Entities.
(c) The Brazilian jaguar.
(d) The Russian eye.

8. The speaker of "Ash Wednesday" informs a lady in Part II that what sat under a juniper tree?
(a) Six staring skulls.
(b) Three white leopards.
(c) A hungry dog.
(d) A young maid.

9. The speaker says that the readers of the "Boston Evening Transcript" sway "in the wind like a field of" what?
(a) Uncut grass.
(b) Ripe corn.
(c) Toy soldiers.
(d) Golden wheat.

10. From what will the speaker of "A Song for Simeon" children's children flee?
(a) Foreign faces and swords.
(b) Spears of the soulless.
(c) Familiar faces turned hostile.
(d) Faithless faith-mongers.

11. By whom is the speaker in the first stanza of "Gerontion" being read?
(a) A girl.
(b) His wife.
(c) A boy.
(d) His mother.

12. To whom is the last line of "Ash Wednesday" addressed?
(a) God.
(b) Satan.
(c) Mary.
(d) The poet.

13. What disordered objects are left in a dusty room in "Animula"?
(a) Clothes.
(b) Threads.
(c) Shillings.
(d) Papers.

14. From whose hand does the simple soul issue in "Animula"?
(a) God's.
(b) Man's.
(c) The earth's.
(d) The world's soul's.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In the fragrant brilliance of what does the subject of "Animula" take pleasure?

2. What two things are described as drifting above in the second stanza of "Sweeney Among the Nightingales"?

3. In what shall the "True Church" of "The Hippopotamus" remained wrapped below?

4. Who is the "still unspeaking and unspoken Word" in "A Song for Simeon"?

5. What do "these cogitations" sometimes "still amaze" in "La Figlia che Piange"?

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