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Question 8 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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One theme of the poem appears to be that

unrequited love is still sweet

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time transforms lust into love

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the value of true love cannot be calculated

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relationships should be controlled by laws

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reason is insufficient to explain love

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Choice E is correct. The speaker refers to "reasons" (line 8), "lawful reasons" (line 12), and "laws" (line 13) that seemingly support behavior with rational motives. In line 14, however, the speaker suggests two related ideas: that reason cannot explain why he is loved and that, since he clearly is loved, reason lacks an adequate way to explain the behavior of lovers.

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