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The Early Life of the Excellent T. S. Eliot

written by: tojoyamoto
This quiz is about the early years of one of the greatest poets of all time: T. S. Eliot. How much do you know about this master?

Question 1:

What do the initials T. S. stand for in the name of the famous poet T. S. Eliot?
Tory Saunders
Terry Stephens
Theodore Sallings
Thomas Stearns

Question 2:

T. S. Eliot was the last of 6 children surviving. How old were his parents when he was born?

Question 3:

T. S. Eliot's father, who came from a prominent New England family, was on the Board of Directors of Washington University. He was also a Chairman at Hydraulic-Press Brick Company in St. Louis, a successful business man and a chemist. He married Eliot's mother in 1868. What was her occupation?
A music teacher at Washington University
A homemaker
A poet and a social worker
A chemist and a painter

Question 4:

T. S. Eliot attended this prestigious Ivy League college, editing its literary magazine with Pulitzer- winning poet Conrad Aiken.

Question 5:

While a doctoral student, T. S. Eliot studied Buddhism and Indic philology, learning Sanskrit and Pāli to read the religious texts. What languages did Eliot study/learn in prep school and college?
Spanish, Italian, Latin
Latin and Greek
Latin, Greek, French, and German
German, Polish, Russian

Question 6:

In April 1915, T. S. Eliot met Vivienne Haigh-Wood, a governess in Cambridge. They were married on 26 June 1915. Where were they married?
At a church in Oxford
At Eliot's family home in St. Louis
In a local register office
At the Eliot family church outside of Boston

Question 7:

After marriage, T. S. Eliot gave up writing his dissertation, and never received his PhD.

Question 8:

After leaving college in Oxford, T. S. Eliot took a teaching job at Highgate School. There he taught this future British Poet Laureate, documentarian of "Metro-land," and self-described "poet and hack."
Scofield Thayer
Collin Brooks
Sir John Betjeman
James Joyce

Question 9:

While teaching to earn extra money, T. S. Eliot wrote book reviews and lectured at a night school. He then got a job in 1917 at this institution.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)
A London publishing house
Harvard University
Merton College
A London bank

Question 10:

While a student at Harvard, T. S. Eliot befriended this Spanish-born philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist who wrote in "Reason in Common Sense", "Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it."
Alexis de Tocqueville
George Santayana
Bertrand Russell
Ezra Pound

Question 11:

Often, T. S. Eliot would publish a single poem in a pamphlet, booklet, periodical, etc, then add it to a collection. What was Eliot's first collection of poems?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)
Four Quartets
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
Prufrock and Other Observations
Ara Vos Prec

Question 12:

What famous poem by T. S. Eliot was considered offensive and upsetting because of its opening lines describing the dusky sky as "a patient etherised upon a table."?
"The Waste Land"
"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"
"The Hollow Men"
"The Cocktail Party"

Question 13:

First published in 1915, this poem by T. S. Eliot portrays upper class society as quite empty and lonely. It's epigraph is from Marlowe's "The Jew of Malta"-
"...but that was in another country, / And besides, the wench is dead."
The Hollow Men
Portrait of a Lady
Sweeney Among the Nightingales
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Question 14:

In 1920, T. S. Eliot published the collection "Poems." It included the poem "Gerontion." What famous phrase, often used to describe espionage and counter-intelligence, comes from this poem?
"wilderness of mirrors"
"three trees against a low sky"
"a tumid river"
"this was all folly"


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