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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Words and music are said to move, in the fifth part of "Burnt Norton," only in what?
(a) Truth and falsity.
(b) Men's minds.
(c) The wind.
(d) Time.

2. Which of the following is not cataloged by the speaker as something "long looked forward to" in the second part of "East Coker"?
(a) Calm.
(b) Autumnal serenity.
(c) Eternal respite.
(d) Wisdom of age.

3. The speaker asks, in "Burnt Norton," Part IV, if chill fingers of what "be curled / Down on us"?
(a) Wind.
(b) Darkness.
(c) The clematis.
(d) Yew.

4. The speaker states in Part V of "Burnt Norton" that "Desire itself is movement," that is what?
(a) Itself unmoving.
(b) The cause and end of movement.
(c) The quick of movement.
(d) Not in itself desirable.

5. "Old timber" goes to what, in Part I of "East Coker"?
(a) Eternal Death.
(b) Factories.
(c) New fires.
(d) New buildings.

6. What goes in and out of "unwholesome lungs" in Part III of "Burnt Norton"?
(a) Lies.
(b) Wind.
(c) Smoke.
(d) Whispered prayers.

7. What month is mentioned in the first line of the second part of "East Coker"?
(a) June.
(b) January.
(c) March.
(d) November.

8. In what way did the speaker, his auditor, and the flowers move in the garden of Part I of "Burnt Norton"?
(a) A vertical mien.
(b) A haphazard line.
(c) A formal pattern.
(d) A lazy stroll.

9. Above what do the speaker and his companions move in Part II of "Burnt Norton"?
(a) The stars.
(b) The summer leaf.
(c) The turning world.
(d) The moving tree.

10. Whose hidden laughter in the foliage does the speaker mention in the final lines of "Burnt Norton"?
(a) Whispers.
(b) Fairies.
(c) Children.
(d) Memories.

11. What does the derived knowledge, spoken of in Part II of "East Coker" impose and falsify?
(a) An image.
(b) A myth.
(c) A pattern.
(d) An apodictic statement.

12. If "we" in Part IV of "East Coker" do well in the whole earth, as "our hospital," of what shall we die?
(a) Freedom from care.
(b) Natural old age.
(c) Absolute paternal care.
(d) Desire and despair.

13. By what are "Men and bits of paper" whirled about in "Burnt Norton," Part III?
(a) The eddies of time.
(b) The vacillation of spirit.
(c) The cold wind.
(d) The gyre of history.

14. To whose funeral(s) do they all, in "East Coker," Part III, go?
(a) The petty contractors'.
(b) Their own.
(c) The Director's.
(d) Nobody's.

15. Only through what can time, as stated in the final line of "Burnt Norton," Part II, be conquered?
(a) Eternity.
(b) Time.
(c) Death.
(d) Truth.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what form is love caught, between un-being and being, according to Part V of "Burnt Norton"?

2. What does the speaker in Part I of "East Coker" state sleeps "in the empty silence"?

3. What does the speaker say is all he can utter concerning where "we have been" in Part II?

4. Of what instrument's stillness, "while the note lasts," does the speaker explicitly speak in Part V of "Burnt Norton"?

5. Of what wisdom does the speaker hope to acquire, as stated near the end of Part II of "East Coker"?

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