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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

by Thomas Gray

Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard: What's Going On, Anyway? Quiz

Think you’ve got your head wrapped around Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. Why is the speaker in a churchyard?


For the funeral of his dead friend, Richard West
To think deep thoughts about death and the lives of the poor villagers
To watch the owls fly around the church at night
He lives there.
Q. Why does the speaker think that the dead villagers don't have fancy monuments over their graves?


Their relatives didn't care about them.
Their religion didn't condone fancy monuments.
They aren't really dead.
Their relatives were too humble and poor to afford fancy monuments
Q. What historical poet does the speaker reference?


John Milton
Bob Dylan
King Charles I
William Wordsworth
Q. What profession does he imagine for the dead villagers?


shopkeepers
bakers
computer technicians
farmers
Q. How does the speaker imagine that he will be remembered after he dies?


as a poet
as a nature lover
as a great soldier
as Oliver Cromwell
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