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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. At what does the "lustreless protrusive eye" stare at a perspective of in "Burbank with a Baedeker: Bleistein with a Cigar"?

3. Under what did the poem's speaker look for Mr. Apollinax's head to roll?

4. What does the hippopotamus do at night?

5. The speaker says that the readers of the "Boston Evening Transcript" sway "in the wind like a field of" what?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mr. Apollinax contrast with his hosts?

2. For what does Simeon hope in his encounter with the Christ child?

3. What sort of life did the speaker of "Gerontion" live?

4. How has Simeon passed his life, as described in "A Song for Simeon"?

5. What characterizes the speech of the stuffed men in "The Hollow Men"?

6. Who are the "ladies of the corridor" in "Sweeney Erect"?

7. What evidently characterizes the woman in "Hysteria"?

8. What is the apparent distinction between the two speakers in "Conversation Galante"?

9. What is meant in The Hippopotamus by stating that the "True Church remains below / Wrapt in the old miasmal mist"?

10. What is the tone of the speaker towards his life in "Rhapsody on a Windy Night", and how is this indicated in the poem?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The central theme of the last of Eliot's "Four Quartets", "Little Gidding," is fallen man's redemption. Analyze this theme as it is presented in "little Gidding." Why does man need redemption? From what is man redeemed? How does redemption come to man? What is the poetic imagery that Eliot uses to describe this need for redemption, that from which man is redeemed, and that by which he is redeemed? What does this need for redemption reveal about human nature? What does the manner of redemption reveal both about human nature and about the Divine, according to Eliot's portrayal?

Essay Topic 2

Prominent in Eliot's poetry is the temporal, ephemeral nature of the physical world. Analyze this theme in a critical essay. What is time? How is the world temporal? What is the effect of the passing nature of the world upon the human person? What does this reveal about the human person? What does the human person's involvement with time reveal about the nature of time?

Essay Topic 3

As one of Eliot's more controversial poems, "The Hippopotamus" is a commentary on religious belief and religious practice. Analyze and provide your own interpretation of this poem. What is the overall meaning of the poem? What are the individual parts which indicate this meaning? For what does the Hippopotamus within the poem stand? What is significant about the Hippopotamus' analogous portrayal? What is significant about the Church being referred to as the "True Church"? What is meant by the "old miasmal mist"?

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