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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?
Thomas Stearns
Tory Saunders
Terry Stephens
Theodore Sallings

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 chemist and a painter
A poet and a social worker
A homemaker
A music teacher at Washington University

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?
Latin, Greek, French, and German
German, Polish, Russian
Latin and Greek
Spanish, Italian, Latin

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 the Eliot family church outside of Boston
In a local register office
At a church in Oxford
At Eliot's family home in St. Louis

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."
Collin Brooks
Scofield Thayer
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)
Merton College
A London bank
Harvard University
A London publishing house

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
Ezra Pound
George Santayana
Bertrand Russell

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)
Ara Vos Prec
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
Prufrock and Other Observations
Four Quartets

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 Hollow Men"
"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"
"The Waste Land"
"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."
Portrait of a Lady
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
The Hollow Men
Sweeney Among the Nightingales

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?
"three trees against a low sky"
"this was all folly"
"a tumid river"
"wilderness of mirrors"


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