Four Quartets 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. The speaker asks in Part II of "The Dry Salvages" when there will be an end to "the unprayable / Prayer at the calamitous" what?

2. What is a synonymous word or phrase for the word "fructify," used in Part III of "The Dry Salvages"?

3. Part V of "Little Gidding" states that "while the light fails / On a winter's afternoon, in a secluded chapel / History is now and" what?

4. The final portion of Part IV of "The Dry Salvages" sees the speaker implore prayer on behalf of those who end "wherever cannot reach them the sound of the sea bell's" what?

5. Krishna is said to have admonished whom on the field of battle in the latter portion of the third part of "The Dry Salvages"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is meant in Part III of "Little Gidding" by "not less of love but expanding / Of love beyond desire, and so liberation / From the future as well as the past"?

2. What does the speaker mean in Part I of "The Dry Salvages" by "The tolling bell / Measures time not our time"?

3. What is the "real destination" of the sailors, as described at the end of Part III of "The Dry Salvages"?

4. What is meant in Part III of "Little Gidding" by "We cannot revive old factions / We cannot restore old policies / Or follow an antique drum"?

5. What is significant about the speaker's discussion of the strangeness of the sea in relation to man, in Part I of "The Dry Salvages"?

6. What is signified by the statement, in the final part of "Little Gidding," that "the end of all our exploring / Will be to arrive where we started / And know the place for the first time"?

7. With whom does the speaker of Part II of "Little Gidding" converse, and what is their relationship to one another, on the literal level?

8. What characterizes the "gifts reserved for age" which the interlocutor of Part II of "Little Gidding" describes to the poem's speaker?

9. What is meant by saying in the final part of "Little Gidding" that "history is a pattern / Of timeless moments"?

10. What is meant by the line, "You are not the same people who left that station," in Part III of "The Dry Salvages"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Part III of "The Dry Salvages" begins with a meditation upon the nature of time future. Explicate this meditation in all of its imagery and significance. What images are associated with the future? How does man think of the future? How do these images demonstrate man's thinking of the future? In what way is the future uncertain? In what way is the future predetermined? How do these images demonstrate this? What is the significance of the future to the present? How does man relate the possibilities of the future to the present? In what way does the speaker disdain of this and why? What is the significance of the future, as it is discussed in the poem, to the interpretation of the poems as a whole?

Essay Topic 2

Part IV of "The Dry Salvages" is written as though a prayer to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin. This demonstrates a deep relationship between prayer and poetry, both in structure and content. In an insightful essay, analyze this relationship as it is presented in the poem. What is prayer? What is poetry? How are the two alike one another? How are they distinct? In what essence are they united? How is the prayer in Part IV poetical? How is the poetry throughout the work often like a prayer? Why is poetry particularly suitable to prayer? How does this relationship illuminate interpretation of the whole of The Four Quartets?

Essay Topic 3

Each of The Four Quartets is both united to the others and yet distinct with a complete meaning unto itself. Discuss the principal themes in "Burnt Norton," including time, the past, stillness, motion, and pattern, indicating the ways in which they are unified and present a coherent thought. How are these themes presented in the poem? What unites them? How are they, as a coherent whole, related to the other poems in the work? What is the significance of these relations? How do they help to unveil the overall meaning of "Burnt Norton"? How does this overall meaning contribute to interpretation of the whole work?

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