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Multiple Choice Questions

1. This is an entirely _____________ creative work by the author and include his visual art (he both draws and etches).
(a) Useless.
(b) Similar.
(c) Odd.
(d) Different.

2. When the King eventually comes upon others, what guise has he taken up?
(a) That of a harmless, old wandering man.
(b) That of a poor King.
(c) That of a wealthy patron of the arts.
(d) That of a mentally-ill King.

3. Blake asserts here, as he did earlier, that the Divine Body is what?
(a) The Heart and Soul.
(b) The Imagination & the Poetic Genius.
(c) The Imagination and Creativity.
(d) The Brain and Heart.

4. Blake says there is something about the resurrection that relates to the reality of the Imagination and what else?
(a) The mind as spirit.
(b) The mind as a being.
(c) The body as an entity.
(d) The body as spirit.

5. Does this theme continue throughout this sequence of images?
(a) Yes.
(b) No.
(c) Somewhat.
(d) Mostly.

6. The King calls his sons before the palace in his sorrow. Why might be the reason for him quickly turning darker and more symbolic?
(a) His young do not care.
(b) His young are just as dispicable.
(c) His young are equally as sick.
(d) His young are of no use to him.

7. England was quite strong as a nation during Blake's lifetime and only became more so before it waned. However, Blake chooses to employ what aspect of the country as well?
(a) Its current strength.
(b) The ancient strength.
(c) The strength of its recent past.
(d) Its future strength.

8. What is a natural side effect of employing this aspect?
(a) Blake contradicts Christianity.
(b) Blake conjures the powers of Druidry.
(c) Blake believes England is weak.
(d) Blake argues against religion.

9. There is a small amount of commentary accompanying these. The first is about whose poetry?
(a) Aristophanes'.
(b) Homer's.
(c) Herodotus'.
(d) Mimnermus'.

10. How will one know when a work has unity?
(a) The poet will just know.
(b) This will show in its parts.
(c) The work will be well-accepted by others.
(d) The elements will be balanced.

11. What does Blake state?
(a) There is an argument.
(b) There is no argument.
(c) He is from Albion.
(d) He has preconceived notions regarding Albion.

12. How does the story open?
(a) When the King is mourning the disappearance of his wife.
(b) When the King is mourning his wife who is dying.
(c) When the King is mourning the dispicable behavior of his wife.
(d) When the King is mourning the death of his wife.

13. What concludes the first section of this poem?
(a) The father wanders off.
(b) The father and one or more sons dig the grave for the mother and bury her.
(c) The father attends his wife's funeral.
(d) The father sends his sons away.

14. The increasing power of England in the modern world readily overshadows what earthly city's might?
(a) Moscow.
(b) Budapest.
(c) Jerusalem.
(d) Dachau.

15. What does the author repeat?
(a) Certain thoughts.
(b) Certain places.
(c) Certain thematic elements.
(d) Certain names.

Short Answer Questions

1. Shortly, the sad and perhaps frightened, paranoid or suspicious old man is speaking of what?

2. How can readers uninterested in Blake's spiritual vision enjoy it as pure literature?

3. Blake asserts that the sign of great poetry is what?

4. What fundamental division does Blake believe exists?

5. How might one describe Blake's set of verses?

(see the answer keys)

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