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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. Between what two things are "Whispers and small laughter" found in "Marina"?

2. What word is repeated at the end of "Difficulties of a Statesman"?

3. How many weeks leave a year does "Arthur Edward Cyril Parker" receive from his job as a telephone operator in "Difficulties of a Statesman"?

4. The last line of Part III of "Four Quartets: East Coker" states that "where you are is" where?

5. Who is the God of the bone in Part II of "Four Quartets: The Dry Salvages"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does the speaker mean by saying that "Our only health is the disease" in Part IV of "East Coker"?

5. What is the apparent distinction between the attitude towards Christmas of the child and the childish in "The Cultivation of Christmas Trees"?

6. About what is the speaker confused in "The wind sprang up at four o'clock"?

7. Why do the "cycles of Heaven in twenty centuries," spoken of in the first chorus from 'The Rock,' bring man further away from God and closer to dust?

8. Where is the reader told to go and why in the third landscape, "Usk"?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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?

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