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The philosophical problem underlying the poem is:

1. The philosophical problem underlying the poem is: 

man's spiritual desolation and sterility in contemporary life

the complexities of human life

man's desire to overcome woman

a man's problem with understanding his own sexuality

None of the above

2. Prufrock was going to: 

visit a lady friend

have an affair

go to a funeral

go to the library

both a and b

3. "I have measured out my life in coffee spoons" suggests: 

Prufrock's sensibility

being aware of his obsession with coffee

Prufrock's comparing his life to trivial matters

a sense of isolation

All of the above

4. The tone of this poem is: 

romantic longing

wistful joy

arrogant confidence

bitter remorse

weary resignation

5. The title of the poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" reveals: 


an allusion




6. In lines 44 and 45, "Do I dare/ Disturb the universe?" the universe refers to: 

His peers at the coffee house.

All the world.

His small social circle of middle-class acquaintances.

The relationship he has with the woman he loves.

Both c and d

7. What kind of mood is created in lines 1-11? 

One of romance

One of vibrancy

One of gloom

Both a and b

None of the above

8. A theme of "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" is: 

There is evidence of the disintegration of modern society.

Many individuals of modern society exhibit indecision to act.

Many individuals of modern society exhibit patience in acting at the right moment.

Both a and b

Both b and c

9. Line 26 "There will be time, there will be time" is an allusion to another literary work. Identify the work and explain how this allusion provides meaning for Eliot's poem. 

10. Lines 111-119 allude to Shakespeare's Hamlet. Explain the allusion and the meaning it provides in Eliot's poem. 

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