Reading Comprehension Quiz

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After T.S. Eliot's unhappy marriage and separation, he was baptized in the Anglican church, and his poetry became more orthodox. Eventually, he could no longer summon the intense concentration of heart, mind, and imagination necessary to produce significant poetry, and he subsided into the versifier of Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats ironically, the work by which he is now most widely known in the U.S., thanks to its popularization in the musical Cats.

1. As Eliot aged, his poetry became
A. better.
B. worse.
C. the same.
D. some better, some worse.
2. Orthodox poetry is poetry that
A. is Jewish is style.
B. is Greek in style.
C. has backbone.
D. adheres to what is commonly accepted.
3. Eliot is best known for
A. his best poetry.
B. his weakest poetry.
C. his joining the Anglican church.
D. his unhappy marriage.
4. The word origin of subsided means
A. settled downwards.
B. retreated.
C. changed sides.
D. grew dim.

The information comes from an article by Helen Vendler at Time Magazine Most Important People of the Century.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

Answer Key: 1-B..........2-D..........3-B..........4-A
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