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A Valediction Forbidding Mourning

A Valediction Forbidding Mourning


by John Donne

A Valediction Forbidding Mourning: A Matter of Facts Quiz

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Q. The poem is written on the occasion of…

the poet's anniversary
the death of the poet's child
the poet travelling away from his wife
Tuesday's dinner (not everything needs a special occasion)
Q. According to the first four lines, love is like …

noble passing of gas
a good man dying
an old man easing into a hot bath d
men arguing over a dead guy's will
Q. The "moving of th' earth" refers to…

the rotation of the earth on its axis
the movement of the earth around the sun
the secret alien plan to shake the earth like a maraca
Q. Why is the "trepidation of the spheres" greater than the moving of the earth?

Basketball was a new sport, and dribbling was an important skill
Other planets and stars are bigger than earth, so their motions matter more
Everyone pays attention to the motions of heavenly bodies
Even though it is unnoticed, it controls everything about our lives
Q. How is their love like pure gold?

Because it shines with a golden purity
Because it can be hammered and stretched and doesn't break
Because it is worth more than any other treasure of the earth
Because it is generally a bright yellowish color