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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. What is the last thing the speaker remembers of Mrs. Phlaccus and Professor and Mrs. Cheetah in "Mr. Apollinax"?

2. The speaker of the "Preludes" has a notion of something infinitely what?

3. In "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock", it is said that the women "come and go, talking of" whom?

4. For what did Donne in "Whispers of Immortality" find no substitute?

5. What was the last name of "Aunt Helen"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the relationship between the speaker and his interlocutor in "Portrait of a Lady"?

2. What happened to Phlebas the Phoenician, as described in Part IV of "The Waste Land"?

3. What is implied by stating in "The Hippopotamus" that the "True Church need never stir / To gather in its dividends"?

4. What does the reception of the viaticum in "Animula" do for the soul?

5. How does the simple soul begin its life, according to the first 13 lines of "Animula"?

6. What is the significance of the two stanzas concerned with Donne in "Whispers of Immortality"?

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

8. What is the significance of the intimacy between the footman and the second housemaid in "Aunt Helen"?

9. What sort of people are the "nightingales" among whom Sweeney cavorts in "Sweeney Among the Nightingales"?

10. For what is the speaker yearning in "La Figlia che Piange", and what indicates this?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Frequently appearing in T.S. Eliot's poetry, explicitly in the later poems such as "Animula", "Choruses from 'The Rock'", and the "Four Quartets", and implicitly by its total lack in the earlier poems, such as "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and "The Hollow Men", is the theme of hope. Analyze the two ways in which this is a prominent topic for Eliot, drawing upon several poems as sources. What is the nature of hope? In what ways is hope lost or absent? What contributes to the loss of hope? Contrariwise, in what is hope to be found? How is hope to be had? What contributes to the possession of hope? What does hope do for human persons?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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