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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. In Part II of "Four Quartets: Little Gidding", the death of hope and despair is the death of what?

2. Whom does the speaker of "Four Quartets: The Dry Salvages" think is a "strong brown god"?

3. In the first chorus of 'The Rock,' what is said to soar in the summit of Heaven?

4. Of what does the first coming remind "us" in "The Cultivation of Christmas Trees"?

5. What is the reader implored not to hope to find behind the white well in the third Landscape?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the nature of the speakers "affliction" in "Eyes that last I saw in tears"?

2. What is the overall condition of true lovers described in "A Dedication to My Wife"?

3. What is a possible interpretation of the significance of the "Midwinter spring" described in Part I of "Little Gidding"?

4. What characterizes the tone of the poem in "Triumphal March"?

5. What is the significance of the final landscape, "Cape Ann"?

6. How was the speaker awoken in "The wind sprang up at four o'clock"?

7. In the sixth chorus of 'The Rock,' why is it said that men must build with "the sword in one hand and the trowel in the other"?

8. What is implied by the repetition of the phrase "meaning / Death," in reference to the various stages of life's enjoyment in "Marina"?

9. What does it mean to be "redeemed from fire by fire" as stated in the fourth part of "Little Gidding"?

10. What is implied about the owner of the eyes about whom the speaker is talking in "Eyes that last I saw in tears"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A persistent theme throughout Eliot's later poetry, from "Ash-Wednesday" onwards, is the power of faith in the decaying world, which is the theme of Eliot's earlier poetry. Provide your own critical analysis of this theme, drawing upon texts from several of Eliot's poems. What is the essential nature of the world around man as described in Eliot's poems? How does modernity contribute to this nature? What is there for man to find in the modern world? In contradistinction, what is found in faith? How does faith contradict the nature of the modern world? What is described as lacking in Eliot's early poems but found in a different way in his later poems?

Essay Topic 2

Though a persistent if implicit consideration in all of Eliot's poetry, and explicit in all of the "Four Quartets", "The Dry Salvages" speaks of the "intersection of the timeless with time." Analyze and explicate this abstract and metaphysical statement in the context of either "The Dry Salvages" alone or of all of the "Four Quartets". What does it mean to say that time and the timeless intersect? What happens at such a point? What is to be found in time? What is to be found in the timeless? Who discerns this point? What does this indicate about the nature of humanity? How is this notion contextualized in the "Four Quartets"?

Essay Topic 3

A subtle and often misinterpreted poem, "Mr. Eliot's Sunday Morning Service" features a complexity of thought on which the poem itself reflects. Examine this poem and provide an in-depth analysis of the poem's overall significance. What is the poem saying in its two individual halves? What is being said in each individual stanza? What is the meaning of the various images throughout the poem? How do they relate to one another? What is the overall literal significance of the poem? What does this overall literal significance indicate about the poem's deeper meaning? Most importantly, what is the significance of Sweeney in the poem?

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