Collected Poems, 1909-1962 Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 two things are made one in the "crowned knot of fire" discussed at the end of Part V of "Four Quartets: Little Gidding"?

2. In the second chorus of 'The Rock,' it is said that the people will neglect what?

3. Who wonders at the tree in "The Cultivation of Christmas Trees"?

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

5. In the second stanza of Part V of "Four Quartets: East Coker", where is it stated that one starts from?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the women doing with the card game in the "Fragment of a Prologue"?

2. Why does the speaker of "Lines for an Old Man" compare himself with a tiger?

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

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

5. 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?

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

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

8. What is a possible interpretation of the use of the phrase "In my beginning is my end" and its inversion, "In my end is my beginning" at the beginning and end of "East Coker"?

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

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

In most of T.S. Eliot's poems, most notably "The Waste Land", there is a frequency of allusion and alteration of allusions. These are often used to great effect. Analyze the usage and purpose of these allusions in one or more of Eliot's poems, demonstrating how they contribute to the poem's meaning and style. From where are the allusions taken? How are they altered if at all? What is significant about the source of the allusions? What is significant about their alteration if they are altered? What is significant about their placement in the text? How do they contribute to the poem's meaning?

Essay Topic 2

The majority of T.S. Eliot's poetry is written in the deliberately unstructured form of free verse. Prior to Eliot, many poets considered this an inferior form, and in some cases, not a form at all. Evaluate Eliot's use of free verse in one or more of his poems, and judge whether or not it is truly poetic. What does free verse enable the poet to do that regularly structured meter does not? What effects does the free verse employed by Eliot produce? How does the free verse employed by Eliot produce effects? In the poem chosen, what particular effects does the free verse used produce? Why is this fitting for the poem's overall meaning? In what way is the poem truly or not truly poetic because of the free verse form?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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