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The Waste Land

The Waste Land


by T.S. Eliot

The Waste Land: Symbol-mania Quiz

Think you’ve got your head wrapped around The Waste Land? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. Why is April the cruelest month?

It's wet and foggy
It reminds you of better times
You have to reorganize your closet
Because a lot of people die in April
Q. Why does the nightingale cry "Jug Jug" to dirty ears?

Because people don't recognize true beauty anymore
Because modern people are filthy
Because modern people turn everything into a sex joke
Because people want to drink, and all they hear is "jug"
Q. What does the verb "demobbed" mean?

Killed by an angry mob
Verbally insulted
Stripped of adult privileges
Released from the army
Q. What does the gramophone (record player) represent in this poem?

A beautiful past
The wonder of simple pleasures
The mindlessness of pop culture
Q. "These fragments I have shored against my ruins" is

A comment on the possibility of redeeming pop culture
A quote from the Bible
A statement of what Eliot's trying to do in "The Waste Land"