The Waste Land: Structure and Style Explained


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In T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land, the following lines are an example of which Modernist device?

'What are you thinking of? What thinking? What? / I never know what you are thinking. Think.' I think we are in rats' alley / Where the dead men lost their bones.'

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1. T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land is divided into five main sections. Which of the following is NOT a section?

2. The opening line of T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land, 'April is the cruellest month,' is an allusion to which work of medieval literature?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of the structure and style of The Waste Land. Some of the material you'll be quizzed on includes identifying the names of sections of The Waste Land as well as identifying the narrator of The Fire Sermon section in particular.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Modernist device exemplified in The Waste Land
  • Identifying the names of sections of the poem
  • Allusion to a work of medieval literature
  • The Fire Sermon section narrator
  • Relating a line from the poem to the poem's disjointed structure

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the history of the structure and style of The Waste Land
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about allusions to medieval literature and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the names of specific sections of The Waste Land

Additional Learning

To learn more about this poem, take a look at the lesson The Waste Land: Structure and Style Explained. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • List the four characteristics of literary Modernism
  • Explain how The Waste Land exemplifies literary Modernism
  • Identify the five sections of The Waste Land
  • Define the term 'allusion' and describe two allusions from the poem