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Question 7 of 23

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Read the following poem carefully before you choose your answers.

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     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.
(1609)

Yes

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The "reasons" mentioned in line 8 are best characterized as:

scientific explanations for a natural force

Correct Answer: 
No

arguments against rationality itself

Correct Answer: 
No

arguments for the importance of loving

Correct Answer: 
No

logical explanations for the absence of love

Correct Answer: 
Yes

counterarguments to the speaker's propositions

Correct Answer: 
No

Choice D is correct. Lines 7-8 indicate that love personified (the lover's feelings) has found "reasons" that justify rejecting the speaker's love.

Question Difficulty: 
medium