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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. The passengers on the train in Part III of "The Dry Salvages" are said to be not escaping from what?
(b) The future.
(d) The past.
2. "Our own past is covered," says the speaker of Part II of "The Dry Salvages," "by the currents of" what?
3. Into what are the "tongues of flame" said to be enfolded in the last lines of the poem, found in "Little Gidding"?
(a) The soul of all souls.
(b) The rose.
(c) The crowned knot of fire.
(d) The Beatific Vision.
4. When did the speaker of Part II of "Little Gidding" meet "one walking, loitering and hurried"?
(a) The dark of midnight.
(b) In the waning light of evening.
(c) The uncertain hour before morning.
(d) The bright cheerless light of winter noonday.
5. What does the first line of "Little Gidding" say is its own season?
(a) Late summer.
(b) A cool autumn evening.
(c) A chilly spring day.
(d) Midwinter spring.
6. Part V of "Little Gidding" states that "while the light fails / On a winter's afternoon, in a secluded chapel / History is now and" what?
(a) The past.
(c) The future.
7. The speaker of Part II of "The Dry Salvages" states that "the moments of" what "are likewise permanent"?
8. According to the speaker, the brown god's rhythm "was present in the nursery bedroom, / In the rank ailanthus of" the dooryard of what month?
9. The speaker says in Part I of "Little Gidding" that there is a "windless cold that is the heart's" what?
10. It is said in the second part of "The Dry Salvages" that when one becomes older it seems as though "the past has another pattern, and ceases to be a" what?
(a) Chronological order.
(b) Daily ritual.
(c) Mere sequence.
(d) Topological reality.
11. From where does the "wailing warning " of Part I of "The Dry Salvages" come?
(a) The dwindling sunlight.
(b) The receding shoreline.
(c) The waxing storm.
(d) The approaching headland.
12. The speaker says in Part I of "Little Gidding" that "this is the nearest, in place and time, / Now and in England." To what is "this" the nearest?
(a) The world's end.
(b) The soul's desolation.
(c) The intersection of time and timelessness.
(d) The heavenly spheres.
13. What is the first of the "gifts reserved for age" that the speaker's interlocutor discloses in Part II of "Little Gidding"?
(a) The conscious impotence of rage / At human folly.
(b) The rending pain of re-enactment / Of all that you have done, and been.
(c) The cold friction of expiring sense / Without enchantment.
(d) The laceration / Of laughter at what ceases to amuse.
14. In the final sentence of the third part of "The Dry Salvages," the speaker says, "Not fare well, but fare" what," voyagers"?
15. With whom, according to the last part of "Little Gidding," are "we" born?
(a) Our children.
(b) Our parents.
(c) The world.
(d) The dead.
Short Answer Questions
1. The speaker asks in Part II of "The Dry Salvages" when there will be an end to "the unprayable / Prayer at the calamitous" what?
2. In what month would the auditor of the first part of "Little Gidding" find the hedges white again, "with voluptuary sweetness"?
3. What do the passengers watch widen behind them on the "deck of the drumming liner" in Part III of "The Dry Salvages"?
4. What is the "it" in "The Dry Salvages," Part II's final clause, "is what it always was"?
5. What is the answer to the question in Part IV of "Little Gidding," "Who then devised the torment"?
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