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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. How many characters are in the fragment of a prologue?
(a) Twelve.
(b) Four.
(c) Six.
(d) Eight.

2. What prayer does the sea bell say perpetually in Part IV of "Four Quartets: The Dry Salvages"?
(a) The Angelus.
(b) The Memorare.
(c) The Doxologia Minor.
(d) The Lord's Prayer.

3. How many men appear in the fragment of an Agon in the "Fragments of an Aristophanic Melodrama"?
(a) Four.
(b) Two.
(c) Seven.
(d) Six.

4. In the second stanza of Part III of "Four Quartets: Burnt Norton", into what world does the speaker say to descend?
(a) The world of perpetual solitude.
(b) The world of sense.
(c) The world of spirit.
(d) The world of fance.

5. Across what river do the Tartar horsemen shake their spears in "The wind sprang up at four o'clock"?
(a) The crystalline river.
(b) The blackened river.
(c) Life's faded river.
(d) Death's other river.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is not more still than when the speaker of "Lines for an Old Man" smells "the enemy"?

2. What reality does the poem attempt to convey behind the impressive display of the "Triumphal March"?

3. In Part III of "Four Quartets: The Dry Salvages", the speaker wishes the voyagers not "fare well," but what?

4. In Part I of "Four Quartets: Burnt Norton", into what does the "door we never opened" lead?

5. What is celebrated by those marching into the city in "Triumphal March"?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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"?

2. What is implied by the repetition of the phrase "meaning / Death," in reference to the various stages of life's enjoyment in "Marina"?

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

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

5. What is the tone of the five parts of the "Five-Finger Exercises" and how is this indicated?

6. Why do the "cycles of Heaven in twenty centuries," spoken of in the first chorus from 'The Rock,' bring man further away from God and closer to dust?

7. What does Sweeney primarily describe in the "Fragment of an Agon"?

8. What is characteristic of the gods described in all of the sections aside from Part IV of "The Dry Salvages"?

9. For what is the ship in "Marina" a symbolic signifier?

10. What characterizes the tone of the poem in "Difficulties of a Statesman"?

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