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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is "more affectionate than hate" in "Lines for an Old Man"?
(a) The love of truth.
(b) The laying bare of the tooth of wit.
(c) The relfection of the golden eye.
(d) The hissing over the arched tongue.

2. In "To the Indians Who Died in Africa," whom should a man see in the dust in front of his own door at sunset?
(a) His grandson.
(b) His wife.
(c) His children.
(d) His neighbor.

3. The last line of Part III of "Four Quartets: East Coker" states that "where you are is" where?
(a) Where you will be.
(b) Where you are.
(c) Where you are not.
(d) Where you have been.

4. What word is repeated at the end of "Difficulties of a Statesman"?
(a) Shantih.
(b) Resign.
(c) Rejoice.
(d) Power.

5. In Part II of "Four Quartets: Little Gidding", the death of hope and despair is the death of what?
(a) Fire.
(b) Water.
(c) Earth.
(d) Air.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the speaker of "The Cultivation of Christmas Trees" say should not be forgotten in later experience?

2. How many weeks leave a year does "Arthur Edward Cyril Parker" receive from his job as a telephone operator in "Difficulties of a Statesman"?

3. What is the reader implored not to hope to find behind the white well in the third Landscape?

4. In what kingdom is the speaker of "The wind sprang up at four o'clock"?

5. Whose hands wove the "intolerable shirt of flame" in Part IV of "Four Quartets: Little Gidding"?

Short Essay Questions

1. About what is the speaker confused in "The wind sprang up at four o'clock"?

2. Why should the innocent approach of the child to Christmas not be lost, according to "The Cultivation of Christmas Trees"?

3. What does the speaker mean by saying that "Our only health is the disease" in Part IV of "East Coker"?

4. What is a possible interpretation of the use of the phrase "In my beginning is my end" and its inversion, "In my end is my beginning" at the beginning and end of "East Coker"?

5. Where is the reader told to go and why in the third landscape, "Usk"?

6. What is the overall condition of true lovers described in "A Dedication to My Wife"?

7. What characterizes the tone of the poem in "Triumphal March"?

8. What is implied about the owner of the eyes about whom the speaker is talking in "Eyes that last I saw in tears"?

9. How is the "Mr. Eliot" of the "Five-Finger Exercises" satirized?

10. How is Part IV of "The Dry Salvages" different from the other four sections of the poem?

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