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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. The speaker of "Four Quartets: The Dry Salvages" wonders if whom meant that "the future is a faded song" in Part III?

2. In Part I of "Four Quartets: Little Gidding", it is said that the communication of the dead is tongued with what beyond the language of the living?

3. Where does the "golden vision" reappear in "Eyes that last I saw in tears"?

4. To whom does the speaker say Cape Ann, the last Landscape, truly belongs?

5. In what kingdom is the speaker of "The wind sprang up at four o'clock"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Sweeney primarily describe in the "Fragment of an Agon"?

2. What is the tone of the five parts of the "Five-Finger Exercises" and how is this indicated?

3. What is the "conscious art practiced with natural ease" of which Eliot writes in "To Walter de la Mare"?

4. What is characteristic of the gods described in all of the sections aside from Part IV of "The Dry Salvages"?

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

6. Why should the innocent approach of the child to Christmas not be lost, according to "The Cultivation of Christmas Trees"?

7. How is the "Mr. Eliot" of the "Five-Finger Exercises" satirized?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of his most prominent poems, "Ash-Wednesday" describes the process of a man's conversion to a Catholic (albeit Anglo-Catholic) faith. Analyze the portrayal of a non-Catholic life against a Catholic life, as put forth in "Ash-Wednesday". What are the characteristics of a non-Catholic life? In what sort of action and substance does such a life consist? Alternatively, what is found in the Catholic life? What is unique to the Catholic life? What are the images Eliot uses to draw these distinctions? How are these images somewhat ambiguous, and wherein, and how, does one make them distinct individually and coherent as a whole?

Essay Topic 2

In the third part of "Four Quartets - Burnt Norton" is a line which reads, "Distracted from distraction by distraction." This line has often been quoted in reference to the condition of the modern world. Evaluate the meaning of this statement, within the context of both the particular section in which it is found, the poem in which it is a part, and the society which it describes, in a well-thought-out analytical essay. What are man's distractions? Why is he distracted from them? How is man distracted in modernity? What sort of things distract him? How is this idea fleshed out in the third part of "Burnt Norton"? How is it further fleshed out in the poem as a whole? What does this distracted condition indicate about human nature and the human condition in the modern world?

Essay Topic 3

Literature and philosophy have often been considered close and sometimes overlapping disciplines of academic study and Western culture. That T.S. Eliot was well versed in both is demonstrated in his last major poems, the "Four Quartets". Select one of the "Four Quartets" and in a carefully planned critical essay, examine the relationship between its literary structure and its philosophical considerations. What are the philosophical topics approached in the poem? In what way does the poem consider things in abstraction? In what way is the poem a literary structure (operate on the definition of literature as the imaginative creation of character and/or action, according to the laws of possibility and necessity)? How does the literary structure corroborate the philosophical consideration? Wherein does one find the literary significance of the poem? Wherein is the philosophical consideration found?

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