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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the hippopotamus do at night?
(a) Hunt.
(b) Play.
(c) Mate.
(d) Sleep.

2. Which of the following phrases is repeated throughout Part II of "The Waste Land", "A Game of Chess"?
(a) "Sweet Thames, run softly."
(b) "Shantih, Shantih, Shantih."
(c) "I can't help it."
(d) "Hurry up please it's time."

3. Of whose "damp souls" is the speaker of "Morning at the Window" aware?
(a) Chimney sweeps.
(b) Housemaids.
(c) Old wives.
(d) Jewelers.

4. What lies on the table in the first stanza of "A Cooking Egg"?
(a) Views of the Oxford Colleges.
(b) An invitation to the dance.
(c) The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
(d) The Grand Chartreuse.

5. The speaker in "Hysteria" states that he becomes involved in "her" laughter until her teeth become what?
(a) Accidental stars.
(b) Iron tables.
(c) Fragments of gold.
(d) Short gasps.

6. What event is spoken of in the last line of the first part of the "Preludes"?
(a) The tramping of a man's feet.
(b) The lighting of the lamps.
(c) The stamping of a horse.
(d) The rustling of a newspaper.

7. What is the last time mentioned in "Rhapsody on a Windy Night"?
(a) Four in the afternoon.
(b) Noon.
(c) Four in the morning.
(d) Midnight.

8. Under what did the poem's speaker look for Mr. Apollinax's head to roll?
(a) An automobile.
(b) A broadway marquee.
(c) A chair.
(d) A table.

9. What God slowly left Burbank in "Burbank with a Baedeker: Bleistein with a Cigar"?
(a) Ares.
(b) Apollo.
(c) Zeus.
(d) Hercules.

10. Who shall be the speaker's bride in A Cooking Egg?
(a) Pipit.
(b) Beatrice Valanche.
(c) Lucretia Borgia.
(d) Madame Blavatsky.

11. What is the last phrase of "Rhapsody on a Windy Night"?
(a) "A madman shakes a dead geranium."
(b) "Regard the moon."
(c) "The last twist of the knife."
(d) "Prepare for life."

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

13. How many people speak in "Conversation Galante"?
(a) One.
(b) Four.
(c) Two.
(d) Three.

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

15. What does the speaker of the poem in the "Boston Evening Transcript" do after mounting the steps?
(a) Shed a tear.
(b) Sigh quietly.
(c) Ring the bell.
(d) Run back down.

Short Answer Questions

1. By whom is the speaker in the first stanza of "Gerontion" being read?

2. To what animal's path will the speaker of "A Song for Simeon" children's children take?

3. Of what school is the painter who is described in "Mr. Eliot's Sunday Morning Service"?

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

5. What word aptly describes the dances that "Cousin Nancy" danced?

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