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A Valediction Forbidding Mourning

A Valediction Forbidding Mourning


by John Donne

A Valediction Forbidding Mourning: Variations on the Themes Quiz

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Q. From whom does the speaker want to keep his love secret?

his parents
his mistress
the laity (commoners)
the paparazzi
Q. What is responsible for the speaker's eventual return?

his wife's "firmness"/faith
the music of the planets
random chance
Q. According to the speaker, lovers who can't deal with absence are

Q. What sorts of men get to pass mildly away in the poem?

Q. What mathematical object is a metaphor for the couple's loyalty?

a pocket protector
an abacus
a compass
a slide rule