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The Sun Rising

The Sun Rising


by John Donne

The Sun Rising: That's a Fact Quiz

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Q. The speaker demands the sun to go away because…

he believes the sun can actually hear him
he wants it to be nighttime so he can get frisky
he wants to stay in bed with his lover
he is ready to make a public declaration of his love
Q. According to the first stanza, love…

is like a royal hunter
doesn't change with the seasons or weather
keeps the sun turning on its axis
lifts us up where we belong
Q. The speaker claims he is stronger than the sun because…

by closing his eyes, he shut out the light
he's been working out and he is totally jacked
the sun will never know a love as pure as his
the sun is too far away to affect the lives of mortals
Q. "Spice and mine" refers to…

what he hopes to give to his lover
the weightlessness and heaviness of love
a little-known 17th-century boy band
part of Asia and the Caribbean Islands
Q. At the end of the poem, the speaker claims…

that his love will outlast the shining of the sun
he has discovered the secret to the sun's energy
the whole world now exists within the space of his room
to understand the ending of Inception