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Church Going

Church Going


by Philip Larkin

Church Going: Ah, the Call of the Spirit Quiz

Think you’ve got your head wrapped around Church Going? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. According to the third stanza, what specifically does the speaker search for whenever he stops to look inside churches?

He's not totally sure.
A churchgoer who can successfully convert him
A book that will teach him about Christianity
A sense of community
Q. According to lines 47-51, why does the speaker tend to return to churches over and over?

Because life is too short to spend being a bitter skeptic
Because it gives meaning to life's big moments
Because he's desperately lonely
Because his bicycle keeps strangely breaking down outside of churches
Q. What is so attractive about the fact that the church is a "serious house on serious earth" (55)?

Because there will always be some part of us to think that life has a serious meaning
Because eventually, people get tired of laughing at each other's dumb jokes
Because religion is a very unhappy thing, and people secretly want to be miserable
Because in terms of spiritual fulfillment, everything except religion is a big joke
Q. Why is the silence inside the church "unignorable" (7)?

Because the speaker fears the power of God
Because the speaker doesn't really know what he's looking for in the church
Because the place is very spooky and menacing
Because there might be someone else inside the church
Q. Why does the speaker take off his "cycle-clips" inside the church?

Because they're hurting him
Because another churchgoer gives him a disapproving look, and he is worried about being offensive
Because he's paranoid after letting the door thud shut
He doesn't have a hat, and figures he should take off something to show his respect.