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Question 4 of 23

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Read the following poem carefully before you choose your answers.


     Against that time (if ever that time come)

When I shall see thee frown on my defects,

When as thy love hath cast his utmost sum,

Called to that audit by advised respects—

Against that time when thou shalt strangely pass,

And scarcely greet me with that sun, thine eye,

When love, converted from the thing it was,

Shall reasons find of settled gravity

Against that time do I ensconce me here

Within the knowledge of mine own desert,

And this my hand against myself uprear,

To guard the lawful reasons on thy part.

To leave poor me thou has the strength of laws,

Since why to love I can allege no cause.


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The speaker imagines a time in the future when he might

no longer be in love

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no longer be loved

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be even more deeply in love

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be able to explain why he is in love

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look back fondly on his present happiness

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Choice B is correct. Lines 2-8 describe an imagined time when the person being addressed will be critical of the speaker and no longer care for him.

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